The initiative group which included teachers and students of the Dnipropetrovsk College of Culture was created in 1998. All activities were aimed at preserving the national cultural heritage, supporting modern Ukrainian culture, cooperating with regional cultural centers of national minorities, charity, finding and supporting talented children and youth.
The following events were held from 1998 to 2002:

- International Folk Dance Festival for Children and Youth "To Sunny Springs" (1999), with support of International Renaissance Foundation, which was attended by dance groups of Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Moldova.
- Three regional festivals of modern Ukrainian music "Autumn Starfall", which were attended by children and young people from cities and villages of Dnipropetrovsk region mainly from low-income families and unprotected categories (2000-2002). The Organization received a grant from the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine for holding the second festival.
- Regional Charity Creativity Festival of and publication of collection of poems by children with health problems "Believe in Yourself" (2001).
- Many different charity cultural events were held in cooperation with cultural centers of national minorities, local commercial structures, and government authorities.
Teachers and students of the Dnipropetrovsk College of Culture participated in all the events on a voluntary basis, students received practical experience necessary for working in modern cultural institutions.

Non-Governmental Organization "Center for Civic and Cultural Initiatives Support" was registered in 2001. It was re-registered as Non-Governmental Organization "Center for Civic and Cultural Initiatives Support "Tamarisk" in 2007.  The Organization implemented more than 50 projects aimed at developing civil society and involved 44 grants from international donor organizations.

The Projects as follows were implemented with support of international donors:

2019 - 2020 “Strengthening the Capabilities of Civil Society Organizations in Central and Eastern Ukraine” with support of the National Endowment for Democracy.

The purpose of the project: to increase information and communication capabilities of at least 20 CSOs of Eastern and Central Ukraine via training professional communicators and creating partnership between organizations, that will facilitate raising awareness of the citizens about essence of reforms, improvement communication between CSOs and local self-government authorities, increase of CSO information impact and involving citizens in decision-making process at the local level...

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2021 р. – «Школа безпеки громадських активістів» у співпраці з ГО «МАРТ» та Освітнім домом прав людини в Чернігові за підтримки Human Rights House Foundation та профінансовано Європейським Союзом
Мета проєкту: підвищити спроможність не менш 20 ОГС Дніпропетровської області передбачувати ризики, які пов’язані з правозахисною діяльністю, та знаходити правильні рішення і дії виходу з кризових ситуацій шляхом навчання їх представників у «Школі безпеки громадського активіста».

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2020 р. - Спільний проект з партнерами Громадської Спілки «Мережа хабів громадянського суспільства України» в рамках проекту ПРООН «Громадянське суспільство для розвитку демократії і прав людини в Україні» за фінансової підтримки Міністерства закордонних справ Данії.
В рамках спільного проєкту експерти Центру «Тамариск» проводили в трьох об’єднаних територіальних громадах Дніпропетровщини: Васильківській, Царичанській, Покровській дослідження рівня впровадження інструментів локальної демократії: загальних зборів, громадських слухань, бюджету участі, місцевих ініціатив, петицій, тощо...
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2016 - 2020 - two grants "For General Purposes of the Organization" from C.S. Mott Foundation.

During four years, with the financial support of the Mott Foundation, our organization was able to work effectively in the following strategic program areas:
- Support for public initiatives. Information, methodological, organizational and resource support; organizing the cooperation and information support.
- Joint efforts of civil society organizations and improving the effectiveness of their interaction with authorities...

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2019 - 2020 - "Implementation of Regranting Program in Mariupol and Nikopol" in cooperation with European Union Anti-Corruption Initiative in Ukraine (EUACI) with financial support of the European Union and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.

The purpose of the competition is to support in the cities of Mariupol and Nikopol the projects aimed at monitoring the activities of local self-government, implementation of the principles of transparency and accountability in local self-government sector, involvement of young people in finding innovative methods of fighting and preventing corruption. (Implementation of the concept of "City of Goodness")...

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2018 - 2019 - "Creation and Institutional Development of the Hub Network of Ukraine” with support of UNDP.

Representatives of the Center "Tamarisk" took an active part in all activities of the joint project with partners on institutional development of the Hub Network of Civil Society of Ukraine. Joint working meetings, Skype conferences, trainings, educational visits to share experiences were held. Institutional documents and strategies of the Hub Network were developed...

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2016 - 2018 - Participation in the Coalition of CSOs from seven regions of Ukraine, created due to the initiative of civil society holding "Group of Influence" to protect the political rights of internally displaced persons within the project of International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) "Increasing the Level of Election Preparation and Political Participation in Ukraine" with support of the British Embassy in Ukraine.

A press conference "Dnipro City has Joined the Coalition for Protection of Voting Rights of Internally Displaced Persons" was held. The Director of the Center "Tamarisk" participated in two live broadcasts "Living in a State of War. Political Rights of Internally Displaced Persons" and "Problems of Internally Displaced Persons" (DTRK channel)...

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2017 - Mobile exhibition "Everyone Has the Right to Know Their Rights" in cooperation with NGO "MART" and Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union.

The exhibition was organized in the Regional Library for Youth named after M. Svetlov. A group of guides, the students of Interregional Higher Vocational School of Printing Industry and Information Technologies was trained to inform about materials of the exposition...

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2017 - "Actively Join the Positive Changes in the Country" within the Pact Program "Join!" with financial support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The purpose of the project: to raise awareness of at least 200 students of Dnipro higher educational institutions as for civil society sector and involvement in active civic activities through information and education programs and mass events...

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2016 – 2017 - "Support for Civic Initiatives in Central and Eastern Ukraine" with support of the Democracy Fondation of the US Embassy in Ukraine.

The project was aimed at supporting civic initiatives of newly established CSOs working with IDPs to ensure their active participation in democratic changes in Ukraine.
The Sixth School of Positive Changes which was attended by representatives of 24 organizations from Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia, Kirovohrad, Poltava, Kharkiv oblasts worked within the project...

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2016 - "Implementation of the National Strategy of Civil Society Support in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast" with support of UNDP.

The purpose of the project was to promote implementing National Strategy of Civil Society Development in Ukraine in Dnipropetrovsk oblast through information and education campaign, assistance in establishing coordination council at Regional State Administration and development of regional program to support civil society...

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2015 - 2016 - "Resource Center for Local Democracy in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast" with support of the International Renaissance Foundation.

The project established Resource Center for Promotion of Local Democracy in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast to assist residents of the oblast in exercising their rights to control local authorities and develop local self-government...

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2015 – 2018 - "Ukrainian Regional Platform for Public Initiatives" in partnership with the Ukrainian Civil Society Organizations Hub Network with support of the European Union.

Project activities were aimed at achieving two goals:
- Improving CSOs capabilities to represent target groups better, to influence political processes and to ensure democratic changes at the local level
- Promoting better understanding, settlement of relations and cooperation between different regions of Ukraine...

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2015 – 2016 - "Strengthening the Capabilities of NGOs in Central and Eastern Ukraine" with the support of the National Endowment for Democracy.

The project included the Fifth School of Positive Changes, which was attended by 41 participants from 24 newly established CSOs from 18 localities in six regions: Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia, Kyiv, Kirovohrad, Kharkiv. A competition of mini-grants for project participants was held...

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2015 - "Establishing Partnership to Reduce the Consequences of Conflict in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast" with support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The main goal of the project was to strengthen the capacity of local communities, district and city authorities, internally displaced persons in establishing constructive relations to promote citizens' cohesion and reduce tensions by supporting the integration of IDPs in Dnipropetrovsk oblast...

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2014 - 2015 – Participation in the project "Overcoming Polarization and Conflict Resolution in Ukraine" in partnership with NGO "Institute for Peace and Common Ground".

The Center "Tamarisk" took part in a partnership project "Conflict Resolution and Overcoming Polarization in Ukraine", which was implemented in Ukraine by the Center for Humanitarian Dialogue and the Institute for Peace and Common Ground...

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2014 - 2015 - "Resource Center for Bodies of Self-Organization of Population (BSOP) in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast" with support of the International Renaissance Foundation.

The project was aimed at providing systematic support to BSOP in Dnipropetrovsk oblast.
6 seminars on "Organizational and Legal Framework for the Creation and Operation of BSOPs", 4 seminars "Study and Implementation of Best Practices to Improve the Efficiency of BSOP in Dnipropetrovsk oblast" (238 people) were held.

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2014 - 2015 - "Development and Support of Local Communities in Small Towns and Rural Areas of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast" with support of the Democracy Fondation of the US Embassy in Ukraine.

The project was aimed at developing and supporting local communities in cities and rural areas of Dnipropetrovsk oblast by training civic activists in the Fourth School of Positive Changes, and creating a network of experts to support civil society involvement...

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In 2014 - 2015 two projects on the topic "Development of a Network of Public Access Centers to E-Government Services in Modern Libraries in Dnipropetrovsk oblast" were implemented with support of BIBLIOMIST Program.

The projects were aimed at creating and developing a network of access centers for e-government services in modern libraries in Dnipropetrovsk oblast and closer involvement of the authorities in the work of these centers...

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2014 - 2015 - "Democratization, Human Rights and Civil Society Development" with support of UNDP.

As a part of the project the Center "Tamarisk" received institutional support from UNDP. The team systematically worked on the following potentials: democratic, accountable and transparent internal leadership, membership base, management, administering small grants, financial control and financial sustainability, advocacy...

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2013 - 2014 – "Public Monitoring of Administrative Services Centers in Dnipropetrovsk oblast" within the project of the NGO "Center of Political and Legal Reforms" with support of the International Renaissance Foundation and the European Union.

The purpose of the project was to research the compliance of Administrative Services Centers activities with the requirements of the Law of Ukraine "On Administrative Services", to identify typical problems in their creation and operation, to provide targeted recommendations for management staff and founders of Administrative Services Centers on improving their work. Monitoring was performed using the methodology developed by the experts of the Center of Political and Legal Reforms...

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2013 – "Practical Forum for Female Entrepreneurs of Eastern Ukraine" with support of the Democracy Fondation of the US Embassy in Ukraine.

The aim of the project was to stimulate the development of women's entrepreneurship in Ukraine, to consider examples of successful enterprises managed or founded by Ukrainian women, to show the way for development, and to search for new prospects. One of the goals of the event was to promote and expand the social network "Ukrainian Women in Business"...

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2012 - 2013 - "Strengthening the Capabilities of NGOs in Central and Eastern Ukraine" with support of the National Endowment for Democracy.

The project activity covered 5 oblasts: Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhzhia, Kirovohrad, Rivne and Kharkiv.
The work of the Third School of Positive Changes was organized. Its program included training events, webinars, video lessons, counseling. Representatives of 20 CSOs from 18 localities were the participants...

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2012 - «Підвищення професійності та активності організацій громадянського суспільства Дніпропетровського регіону» за підтримки Фонду сприяння демократії Посольства США в Україні.
Мета проєкту: сприяння підвищенню професійного рівня та активності ОГС Дніпропетровського регіону шляхом проведення освітньої програми, консультування з актуальних питань діяльності, інформаційних та комунікативних заходів, обміну кращими практиками вирішення місцевих проблем...
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2011 – 2012 - "Network of Centers of Positive Changes in Dnipropetrovsk oblast" with support of the National Endowment for Democracy.

The project was aimed at improving competencies and skills of civil society activists in Dnipropetrovsk oblast and establishing close cooperation between non-profit organizations in the region...

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2011 - "Development of Partnership of Cultural Institutions and Civil Society Organizations in Dnipropetrovsk oblast" with support of International Renaissance Foundation.

The project was aimed at creating conditions for systematic informational and methodological support for transformation of cultural institutions in villages and small towns of Dnipropetrovsk oblast into local centers of civil society activity...

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2010 – 2011 - “Development of a Network of Centers for Local Activity in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast” with support of National Endowment for Democracy.

The project was aimed at adapting the Polish experience of public animation to Ukrainian conditions, training public animators and developing a network of Centers for Local Activity in cities and districts of the oblast, as well as strengthening information exchange between CSOs, and raising public awareness of civil society organizations activities...

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2009 – 2011 - участь в Національному проєкті Інституту соціокультурного менеджменту (м. Кіровоград) «Спільний шлях в майбутнє» в партнерстві з Центром гуманістичних технологій “АХАЛАР” (м. Чернігів) та Фундацією ім. Князів благодійників Острозьких (м. Рівне) за підтримки програми UNITER, Pact. Inc., USAID
Мета проекту полягала у зміцненні організаційних можливостей громадських організацій на рівні місцевих громад шляхом створення можливостей для розвитку центрів місцевої активності на базі існуючих будинків культури...
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In 2009-2010, within two projects we cooperated with Journalists Association of Ukraine of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast:
"Establishing High-Quality Interaction between NGOs and the Media in Dnipropetrovsk Region" with support of International Renaissance Foundation.
"New Media Prospects for Development of Local Media" with support of International Renaissance Foundation...


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2009-2010 – "Social Projects is an Effective Way to Solve Local Problems" with support of the Eastern Europe Foundation.

The goal of the project was to create conditions for systematic budget support for social projects of civil society organizations of Dnipropetrovsk city through implementing the mechanism of social service procurement. The following strategy was implemented:..

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2009-2010 – "Increase of Civil Society Involving in Solving Local Problems" with support of National Endowment for Democracy.

The goal of the project was to improve the professional level of at least 60 representatives of CSOs and initiative groups of Dnipropetrovsk oblast, to activate the information exchange of civil society activists with local authorities and the media, to raise awareness of the people about activities of civil society sector in Dnipropetrovsk oblast...

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2009-2010 – we implemented 3 projects aimed at supporting Associations of apartment building co-owners (AABC) of Dnipropetrovsk city.

The goal of these projects was to facilitate creating new AABCs and to improve the efficiency of existing ones in Dnipropetrovsk city through providing them with advisory, legal, informational, organizational, methodological, and other types of assistance.
We created the Resource Center for AABCs...

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2007-2009 – "Solving Problems Together" with support of the Stefan Batory Foundation.

Three years of participation in educational programs of the Stefan Batory Foundation, internship and acquaintance with experience of Polish civil society sector, exchange of practices with successful Ukrainian and Belarussian organizations facilitated enhancing professional competence of the team and improving financial basis of the Center "Tamarisk"...

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2007-2008 – " Effective Solving Local Social Problems via Improving Professional Competence of Civil Society Organizations" with support of the National Endowment for Democracy.

The goal of the project was to strengthen the influence of the civil society sector of Dnipropetrovsk region via improving professionalism of representatives of 20 CSOs, creating information partner network of organizations participating in the project, and establishing closer collaboration with government agencies...

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2007-2008 – "Implementation of Standards of Good Local Governance in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast" with support of Polish and Ukrainian Cooperation Foundation PAUSI.

The goal of the project was to bring to the local self-government authorities of the districts the specific experience of the Mayor's Office of Polish city of Belchatow, recognized as the best one in Poland, and to encourage them to adopt Ethics Codes and introduce ethical standards into activities of officials...

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2005 – development of the web resource "Public Initiatives in Dnipropetrovsk Region" with advisory support of UCAN within the project "Information Support of Advocacy Activities".

Within the project the Organization received advisory support from UCAN which facilitated creating web resource "Public Initiatives in Dnipropetrovsk Region"...

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2005 – "Information Campaign "Public Initiatives in Dnipropetrovsk Region" with support of the Canadian Cooperation Fund.

The need for this project was caused by low level of civil society awareness about activities of civil society organizations not only concerning ordinary citizens, but also local authorities. As well it was caused by the lack of interaction of organizations in civil society sector of the region...

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2004-2005 – Central Ukrainian Cluster "Integration of Local Communities" supported by Eurasia Foundation funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Exchange of experience and information, joint events with participation of representatives of civil society organizations and mass media of Dnipropetrovsk, Kirovohrad and Mykolaiv oblasts met the needs for development of civil society sectors of the above three regions and facilitated improving the efficiency of organizations participating in the project cluster...

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2004 – "Three Steps to Professional Competence" with support of SSI and the ICSSA "Ednannia" within the program "The Will of Civil Society is a Powerful Force" with funding from the United States Agency for International Development.

The project included training and consultations on projects development, preparation of projects by participants, and public presentation of those projects.

Thus, implementation of the project provided an opportunity for 20 non-governmental organizations of Dnipropetrovsk oblast to gain knowledge and skills in development of social projects....

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2003 – "Development of Informational and Methodological Support System for Non-Profit Sector of Dnipropetrovsk Region" with support of Eurasia Foundation.

The need to implement the project was caused by low level of development of non-governmental organizations sector at the district and rural levels due to the lack of necessary information on creation and operation of CSOs, their role in civil life, opportunities to attract resources, etc...

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2002 – "Management and Partnership in the Sector of Culture" with support of Open Society Institute (Budapest city) and International Renaissance Foundation.

The project involved educational training program for those representatives of district centers of culture and libraries of Dnipropetrovsk oblast who needed knowledge and skills in management, PR, fundraising, and partnership technologies with non-governmental organizations. Thus, the project met the needs of district cultural institutions and provided assistance in their adaptation to current situation...

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