Since the beginning of 2023, 1,232 Ukrainians have been awarded microgrants under the Vlasna Sprava (Own Business) programme and will receive almost UAH 300 million in state grants to start or develop their businesses. This was announced by Deputy Minister of Economy of Ukraine Tetiana Berezhna.
“Following the fifth wave of applications for microgrants this year, 326 Ukrainians have been selected as winners and will receive UAH 77 million in state financial support to start or develop their own businesses. Since the beginning of the year, a total of 1,232 entrepreneurs will receive microgrants worth almost UAH 300 million to develop their businesses following the results of five waves of applications. Dozens of new companies will be established, existing ones will increase their capacity or open new production lines, and more than 2,600 people will be employed in the newly created jobs,” said Tetyana Berezhna.
Among the recipients of the fifth wave of microgrants, 52% are women and 48% are men, and 80% of the winners have higher education. Most of them are from Lviv (46 people), Kyiv (32 people), Rivne (30 people), Vinnytsia (22 people), Ternopil (21 people) regions, and the city of Kyiv (43 people).
All 326 winners of the fifth wave have experience of entrepreneurship. The vast majority of these entrepreneurs plan to use the microgrant funds to purchase equipment needed to run their businesses.
The most popular sectors in which the grantees will operate are:
As a reminder, Ukrainians can receive a microgrant of UAH 50,000 to UAH 250,000 under the Vlasna Sprava grant programme. The funds can be used to buy or lease equipment, purchase raw materials and supplies, and rent premises. Both existing entrepreneurs and people with no experience can receive a microgrant. A prerequisite for receiving funds is the creation of 1-2 jobs. Ukrainians receiving microgrants in 2022 will create about 8,000 new jobs.
This year, the budget envisages UAH 1.8 billion for the Vlasna Sprava programme, which will allow issuing about 10,000 microgrants.
The Government’s eRobota project includes grant programmes aimed at stimulating entrepreneurship and job creation. In particular, these are microgrant programmes for starting or developing one’s own business, grants for starting and developing processing enterprises, planting a garden or a vineyard, arranging greenhouse facilities. Applications for all components of the eRobota programme can be submitted via the Diia portal.