Submit your organization to the “Act Locally” Program – we are looking for new candidates for Affiliated Act Locally Centers (AALC). The deadline for applications is on November 30.
The objective of the program is to support and activate local communities in rural areas and small towns with civic projects that serve stimulating development aspiration and improving quality of life, as well as contribute to building social capital and common good. The program offers support to active local communities whose members define local needs themselves and initiate activities. Every community is composed of different people, has different resources, needs, traditions and experiences, therefore “Act Locally” supports initiatives of various nature. The program is geared to development of civic activity, including volunteering, philanthropy, leadership and partnership.
Act Locally program promotes values and attitudes such as:
- Social involvement and responsibility.
- The initiatives implemented under the program serve triggering social energy. Act Locally Centers communicate with their community and involve residents of villages and small towns to carry out joint activities. Support goes to projects that meet certain needs.
- Willingness to take up challenges and cooperate.
- ALCs and local project managers look for non-standard methods of acting, explore new social engagement areas and promote innovative solutions among their partners and project beneficiaries.
- Resource sharing and building partnerships.
- Acting for common good, ALCs, managers, residents and volunteers and win partners and resources (financial and material). We all care for best possible use of funds entrusted to us, transparent procedures, reliable monitoring and clearance of activities. We build social capital based on mutual trust of partners and citizens.
“Act Locally” is the national program under which grants are awarded at a local level by the involvement of the Act Locally Centers network. The ALC network includes associations and foundations operating in villages and towns of up to 50,000 residents covering the area of from four rural communes or municipalities to several districts. The organizations are selected in an open competition by the selection committee. Today, the network comprises 77 organizations, including 11 Affiliated ALCs and covers the area of over 650 rural communes and municipalities. There are at least two ALCs in each province. They establish cooperation with other NGOs, as well as local governments and businesses. Local competitions are addressed to NGOs and informal groups of citizens whose applications can be submitted by public organizations or institutions (schools, culture centers, libraries) operating in villages or towns with population of up to 20,000.
Eligible to participate in the competition for Affiliated Act Locally Centers are associations and foundations meeting the following criteria:
- their seat is in a villages and towns of up to 50,000 residents,
- based on their resources, experience and the “Act Locally” Program documents, they are ready to award in local competitions and from their own funds the grants for civic initiatives implemented at the area from 4 to a dozen of rural communes and municipalities (with the exception of such ones where Act Locally Centers active in the program have already been operating),
- they have experience in running social projects and act for local development and their mission is in line with the Act Locally objectives and values,
- they are experienced and successful in raising funds from various sources,
- they cooperate with numerous local partners,
- they want to join the national Act Locally Centers network and use its resources as well as receive grants of up to PLN 15,000 a year for organization of local grant competitions.
Advantages of being awarded the role of Affiliated ALC include:
- Becoming a member of ALC network and an opportunity to cooperate with other member organizations from all over Poland.
- Access to know how of running local grant competition based on rules and regulations, procedures and principles developed by the “Act Locally” Program over the period of more than 20 years.
- Access to electronic generator allowing to run online local grant competitions.
- The right to use the recognizable “Act Locally” brand.
- Easier and quicker access to innovative and creative solutions and tools used in NGO management and for local community animation.
- Access to various forms of support (including training sessions, workshops, meetings, webinars) that allow to improve their competences and share their experiences.
- Annual ALC Network meetings that allow to improve their competences and share their experiences.
- Financial support for administering the program at local level.
- The right to participate in internal program competitions giving an opportunity to get financial prizes aimed at inspiring and motivation stimulating.
- Substantive support offered by the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland.
More information about the enrollment can be found in the Program Rules and Regulations. Organizations interested in participation in the network may apply by November 30, 2020.
For detailed information on recruitment contact Paweł Zań, Act Locally Program Coordinator, tel. +48 22 622 02 09 ext. 15.
“Act Locally” is the Polish-American Freedom Foundation’s program managed by the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland.