Under the Seniors in Action competition, grants and training sessions are offered to people over 60 years old who wish to carry out civic intergenerational actions based on their own ideas, individually or in cooperation with young people. The competition is addressed to active senior citizens involved in activities both within the framework of Third Age Universities and in cooperation with various other organizations and institutions.
To date under eleven rounds of the Seniors in Action competition a total of 357 intergenerational projects stimulating seniors to act for the benefit of their neighborhood and promoting senior volunteering were sponsored. In the present, 12th round of the competition 19 projects are being carried out.
Within the framework of support for Third Age Universities, the program offers training, workshops and an opportunity to share experience at national conferences for TAU representatives. In the period from 2004 to 2012 such nationwide conferences were held in Kraków, Bydgoszcz, Słupsk, Płock, Warsaw, Nowy Sącz and Katowice. Over the years 2011-2013, the program supported also 14 regional meetings of the Third Age Universities. Apart from TAU nationwide congresses, the program supports another event that is important to the TAU environment – the annual Third Age Forum, which is a part of International Economic Forum in Krynica.
Since 2013, Third Age Universities can take part in a series of TAU for Local Communities workshops, which support establishment of voluntary groups at TAUs and cooperation with local communities. A total of 60 TAUs participated in six completed rounds of the project, while ten new ones are taking part in its present, seventh round.
A new offer of the program is the Tandem. Mentoring 55+ project. It started last year and consists in encouraging seniors to get involved in mentoring children and young people who live in support-needing social environments. Under the pilot project a dozen of mentors are trying to help their charges to bolster their self-respect and social competence. The partners in the project are Elżbieta Sołtys School with Passion Educational and Kindergarten Complex in Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski, and Joanna Radziwił Caring Wings Foundation in Warsaw.
Additionally, from 2005 to 2008, under the grant competition addressed directly to the Third Age Universities, 131 grants were awarded for projects improving the quality of the educational offer, including computer and Internet courses enabling the Third Age Universities’ to reach to a wider audience of senior citizens as well as stimulating seniors’ involvement in activities for the benefit of their local communities, particularly through voluntary work.
The Foundation has disbursed $5,160,561, including $300,611 for the current edition of the program.