Netherlands Embassy in Kiev, Ukraine

Governance and Human Rights

1. General Information

1.1. Staff members

Mrs. Riny Bus (First Secretary)

Mr. Adriaan Versluis (First Secretary)

Mrs. Lyudmilla Bilenko (Senior Policy Officer)

Mrs. Kateryna Ostashkova (Senior Policy Officer)

1.2. Contact information

Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Governance and Human Rights Department
Kontraktova Ploshcha 7
01901 Kyiv, Ukraine
Tel: +38 044 4908 220-219
Fax: +38 044 4908 209
E-mail: (attn: Governance and Human Rights Department).


Netherlands’ Funds for Regional Partnerships (NFRP) MATRA 2017

Originally the Matra Programme was established in 1993 to support countries of Central and Eastern Europe, with the objective to promote the development of an open, pluralistic and democratic society, which means that the rule of law functions properly, that citizens influence decision-making processes and feel free to assume responsibility for shaping the society in which they live.

The NFRP- Matra programme 2017 is in line with and complementary to EU policy.

Over the years civil society organizations in Ukraine have strengthened their participation in decision making processes in an atmosphere of openness, accountability and mutual responsibility between various social and political actors. Over the years the Matra program has been tuned to needs and challenges faced by civil societies in the countries where the Matra program is being implemented. In 2017 the Matra programme remains focused on Rule of Law and Good Governance.

More specifically, the Matra programme 2017 will support initiatives of civil society organisations aimed at assisting and monitoring of the implementation of reforms, both at the central and local levels, promoting transparency and accountability of government structures through social dialogue, capacity building and monitoring.

The following priority areas have been identified: 

•          facilitation of reforms implementation in the area of anti-corruption, judiciary, law enforcement, public administration and decentralisation through constructive civic oversight;

•          improvement of democratic practices at the central and local levels through NGO participation in decision making with involvement of local communities;

•          capacity building of local and regional civil society organisations with regard to the reform agenda and monitoring of its implementation at the central and local level;

•          initiatives that reinforce social cohesion and national dialogue.

The Matra programme 2017 is open for applications from NGOs, academic institutions and municipalities in Ukraine. Joint initiatives with Dutch civil society organisations and academia are also welcome.

Applicants should meet the following requirements:

  • be registered according to Ukrainian legislation and work in the field in line with organisation’s statute;

  • have adequate track record and proven management capacity and expertise in the selected area(s) of intervention;

  • have an efficient decision-making structure which can take legal responsibility for the administration and use of funds;

be able to demonstrate positive impact on rule of law and good governance in Ukraine.

The project proposal is expected to meet the following criteria:

•          address one or more of the above-mentioned priorities;

•          demonstrate the change-making potential in the selected area(s) of intervention;

•          identify strategies that ensure sustainability of the interventions/activities;

•          be designed in accordance with the application form;

•          maximum project duration is up to 24 months;

•          identify the organisation’s own financial resources allocated to the proposed project (not less than 15% of the total budget);

•          the requested contribution should range in principle between UAH 1,500,000 and

UAH 3,000,000;

Furthermore, in order to qualify for support the proposal should:

•          not duplicate activities funded by one or more other donors;

•          not be submitted within the framework of other funding instruments of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Submission of the project proposal:

A soft copy of the project proposal in English should be sent to . A hard copy of the project proposal with all supporting documents should be posted or delivered to the following address:

Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

MATRA 2017

Kontraktova Ploshcha 7

01901 Kyiv


The deadline for submission is 15th of February 2017.

The selection of the projects to be supported within the Matra  programme will take place by 15 April 2017 at latest. All applicants will be informed of the results by e-mail.

The announcement signaling the exhaustion of funds will be posted on the web-site of the Embassy.

All questions related to the Programme, as well as to the MATRA 2017 application form should be forwarded to: .