Emergency livelihoods programme

Dear beneficiaries, applications from the Zaporizhzhia, Mykolaiv, and Kharkiv regions are temporarily suspended.

Estonian Refugee Council in Ukraine is implementing the Emergency Livelihoods Programme. The objective of the programme is to provide access to livelihoods to vulnerable households affected by the armed conflict, generate new sources of income and support people to achieve the subsistence minimum.

Programme covers selected hromadas in Zaporizhzhia, Mykolaiv, and Kharkiv regions and selected households will receive livelihoods grants of up to 33,000 UAH per household to start or resume economic activities enhancing their livelihoods.

What can assistance be used for?

Emergency livelihoods support is provided for starting or resuming the following types of economic activities:

  • animal husbandry: meet, milk and egg production
  • aviculture
  • horticulture: growing vegetables and fruits in greenhouses and in the kitchen-garden, etc
  • beekeeping: breeding bees and production of beekeeping products
  • other types of agriculture
  • food production: baking, production of semi-finished products, bread, cakes, etc
  • services: tailoring or clothes repair, handicrafts, construction or renovation, household services, beauty services, etc

Grants can be used to purchase combinations of goods and services in order to increase food production and/or household profit. Applications that only propose to enhance operating activities or that only require the coverage of learning costs are not supported under this programme.

Who can apply?

Households from Zaporizhia, Mykolaiv and Kharkiv regions that have lost the means to support their families due to the armed conflict can apply to participate in the programme and and have already received cash assistance from the Estonian Refugee Council. The pre-approval decision is made on the basis of the information provided by the main applicant representing the household. The applicant shall submit an application on the online platform of the Estonian Refugee Council.

Affected households from the following hromadas are eligible to apply:

  • Zaporizhzhska oblast Zaporizhzhskyi rayon: Shyrokivska and Novomykolaivska hromadas
  • Mykolaiv oblast Bashtanskyi rayon: Berezneguvatska and Kazankivska hromadas
  • Kharkivska oblast Kupyanskyi rayon: Shevchenkivska hromada
  • Kharkivska oblast Chyhyivskyi rayon: Slobozhanska hromada

If successful, the maximum amount of financial aid for economic activities will be from 23,500 to 33,000 UAH per household, depending on the activity. The amount of the financial aid will be transferred to the bank account.

How to apply for assistance?

In order to start the application, go to the application form, enter the phone number you used when registering for cash assistance, click Continue

Fill in the application form

Application deadline: ongoing

After filling out the form, our specialists will review the information provided and, if necessary, inform you about the need to provide additional information using the email specified in the online form. Following the final confirmation, our specialist will contact you to sign the Grant Agreement, after which, the payment will be made to your bank account.

Our experts review the application up to 3 weeks from the date of its receipt. You will be informed about the results of the application review. If you are selected, a written agreement will be concluded with you, and the amount of assistance will be transferred to your bank account.

If you have any problems accessing the application, please contact us: +38 073 508 08 39, livelihoods@pagulasabi.ee

The decision to apply for the assistance is voluntary, the information provided is confidential. The information provided during the call and on this form will only be used for the vulnerability assessment of the household and for programme assessment purposes. The information collected will be shared with the programme evaluation team and be only accessible by the team members. The results of the assessment will be shared with programme donors in a non-identifiable manner. If you have any questions or concerns about the information being collected with this form, please submit a request through the online form.

The list of requirements for beneficiaries or target regions may be changed and the list of categories may be expanded in the future. Please be aware, that all humanitarian aid is free!

To get information about the programme, find out how to register, request technical support, and leave feedback or a complaint, or if someone asks you to pay, do something inappropriate or perform any favor or sexual action in exchange for help, say no and contact the Estonian Refugee Council hotline at  073-861-79-98 from Monday to Friday from 9.00 to 16.00 or leave feedback/complaint online.


Programme undertaken with the financial support of the Directorate General for Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO) and implemented in cooperation with Acted Ukraine.