GMF and Canadian Government Expand Partnership to Help Ukrainian Civil Society

March 14, 2023

WASHINGTON – The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) is proud to expand its partnership with the Canadian government to provide urgent support to Ukrainian civil society and media organizations. Global Affairs Canada has allocated an additional three million Canadian dollars ($2.2 million) to GMF’s “Ukraine: Relief, Resilience, Recovery” program over the coming year. This generous contribution will enable dozens of Ukrainian civic and media groups to mobilize societal resistance against the Russian war, aid citizens and regions worst-affected by the invasion, build democratic resilience, fight disinformation, and engage in planning the post-war recovery of Ukraine.

Since April 2022, and with earlier support from the Canadian government, GMF has funded nearly 100 emergency measures by Ukrainian civil society and independent media, predominantly at the local level and in the war-torn Eastern parts of Ukraine.

GMF President Heather Conley warmly welcomes this enhanced partnership with the Canadian government:

“GMF is honored to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the Canadian government in providing urgently needed support to our Ukrainian partners in civil society and media institutions, particularly at the one year mark of Russia’s full-scale invasion and the 9th year of Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea.  Today, Ukraine is the frontline of freedom.  The Ukrainian people -- their brave leadership, military, vibrant civil society and independent media, are the brave defenders of freedom, democracy, and justice. We stand proudly with them in this fight.”