Creative Business Survival Kit

Sector: Culture and creative industries
Type: Other
Location: Online
Deadline: Finished
Organiser: House of Europe

Creative Business Survival Kit is emergency support for your creative enterprise. 

In two months of weekly personal consultations with leading experts, you will realise how to advance your business even during the war: optimise the organisational structure, adapt the financial model, design new products or decide on the markets to start with international expansion.

You will leave the consultation with a strategy and EUR 1,000 on changes. Website translation, Facebook promo, salaries, or generator — it is up to you to decide what is best for your business.

Apply to keep going!

What do I get?
  • The realisation of overcoming challenges and advancing your business even in times of war.
  • Five two-hour consultations with experienced Ukrainian business experts: Olena Dobrorodneva, Volodymyr Vorobey, Inna Shynkarenko, Kostiantyn Vorobiov, or Olena Kobylianska. You can choose the expert yourself. Please find more info on our experts.
  • Two one-hour consultations with the EU expert. Our partners will find an expert to meet your request perfectly. 
  • EUR 1,000 to adapt your creative business to the new reality.
  • Membership in our alumni community — new contacts with the most proactive Ukrainian, EU and UK cultural actors, networking online meet-ups, and even more grants.
Can I apply?

Creative Business Survival Kit will benefit owners and managers of creative businesses who can introduce changes.

Apply, if your business: 

  • Was bringing revenue before the full-scale invasion and continues to work now
  • Is registered in Ukraine
  • Is an active legal entity: private entrepreneur, privately held company, LLC, etc.
  • Commercial: NGOs and charitable foundations cannot apply
  • Is run by you solely, or has a team
Which spheres make up the creative industries?
Your business can be related to advertising, marketing, architecture, crafts, creative hubs, digital media, video gaming, fashion, film, TV, radio, museums, galleries, libraries, music, the performing arts, publishing, literature, the visual arts, photography, entertainment, product, and graphic or interior design.
What do I need to apply?
  • Completed application: elaborate on your business, the problems you faced due to war and your ideas on how they can be solved. Remember to share your plans for the stipend. 
  • Extracts from the Unified State Registry of Enterprises and Organisations and Taxpayers Register
  • A bank document with the banking details of your business in Ukrainian Hryvnia
How do I apply?

Apply with a short form via our online platform. The application will take up to 30 minutes. 

Please log in, click the “Start entry” button, choose the chapter “Creative businesses”, and open call “Creative Business Survival Kit 3/2023”. 

We receive more quality applications than we can finance. We select the participants based on their business situation and how effectively they will spend the stipend.

Good to know
  • The consultations will start in September and last till November. 
  • 3-20 August House of Europe is on vacation. We will answer all your questions after 20 August.
  • You will have to provide two short reports. Please share your feedback on consultations within a week after the end of the mentorship programme. Two months after receiving the stipend, spend the money on advancing your business and send us up to 300 words on how the money was used.
  • The stipend payment will be made in UAH according to our internal exchange rate on the transfer day. Our rate can be UAH 1-2 lower than the market one.
  • Keep in mind that you may need to deduct taxes. The sum to spend on your business might be slightly lower than EUR 1,000.
  • You can get support under Creative Business Survival Kit only once.
  • You must spend the stipend on something other than honoraria for yourself. 
  • Directly or indirectly funding entities or people listed in EU restrictive measures, as well as benefiting Belarusian or Russian public authorities, is prohibited.

Our live updates in social networks

Be the first to know about new opportunities right next door or abroad. We tell you right away what is in store for you and how to go for it.

Subscribe to our newsletter in English

We provide you with a digest of our opportunities for people and organisations from the EU and the UK. We respect your time and privacy – we will only drop you a line when we have some great open calls.

Our donors and partners

Browser matters

It seems you are using Internet Explorer. Please consider browsing with Safari, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox for a better user experience with our website.