Under the initiative, the following four Act Locally Centers operating in Mazowieckie and Pomorskie provinces received funds for carrying out local grant competitions:
- Coalition for Young People Foundation of Białobrzegi,
- Generations Foundation of Tczew,
- W.A.R.K.A. Association of Warka,
- Płocki Region Local Fund – Young People Together of Płock.
Those Act Locally Centers will announce competitions addressed to local initiatives (of both formal and informal groups) under which the Centers will select projects best meeting needs related to present pandemic situation. The ALCs will get the funds of PLN 10,000 each to be divided into from PLN 2,000 up to PLN 5,000 grants.
The above-mentioned organizations not only have been active for the benefit of their communities for many years but also today are deeply involved in local networks supporting activities against pandemic. They are also experienced in implementing projects in crisis situations, such as floods, and involved in assisting the excluded.
“Coronavirus pandemic challenges us to act first of all immediately. In response to those needs, this year most of Act Locally projects will focus on combatting pandemic and counteracting its negative effects. Our new joint initiative will offer additional support to the organizations that are most active in those difficult times,” Paweł Łukasiak, President of the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland said.
“Actions against effects of coronavirus epidemic are being taken up in many areas. Nationale-Nederlanden wants to support grassroot initiatives responding to the present situation and local challenges. We want the organizations selected in the In Solidarity with Heroes of a Time of Pandemic initiative to assist those who need assistance most. We hope the funds we have donated will allow them to carry out their activities,” Marta Pokutycka-Mądrala, Corporate Affairs and PR Director at Nationale-Nederlanden says.
”Act Locally” is a program of Polish-American Freedom Foundation managed by the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland in cooperation with a network of 77 Act Locally Centers. Over the period of 20 years more than 11,500 local projects have been supported under the program. To date almost 4 million program participants, including about 220,000 volunteers, have been involved in implementation of nearly 11,500 projects. Supported projects focus on such areas as culture and tradition, education, health, ecology, sports and creation of new opportunities for personal development, leisure activities, tourism, increasing attractiveness of a region, as well as counteracting social exclusion.