The event was also attended by the Common Good Lab Animators and participants of the former round.
The guests were welcomed by Grzegorz Jędrys, Head of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation Representative Office in Poland, Joanna Lempart, PAFF Program Director and Paweł Łukasiak, President of the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland. Grzegorz Jędrys congratulated new partnerships on their participation in that prestigious program which PAFF Local Partnerships is combining the resources and experience of various initiatives and undertakings carried out by the Foundation, while Joanna Lempart emphasized the significance of a multi-stage recruitment process, including six-week-long intense tutoring, among other things. Paweł Łukasiak in his address told about importance of the local communities animation method based on the common good, which is applied in the program for building partnerships. Next the symbolic checks were handed over to the new partnerships, and then each of the awarded projects was presented.
Grants in the amount of PLN 75,000 for implementation of partnership projects were awarded to:
- On a Municipal Trail with a Hopper; the Initiative Group: Cieszyn Creative Youth Association (Act Locally), Grażyna Krehut (PAFF Leaders), Association of Zamarski Friends, Hażle commune, Śląskie Province;
- Future, People, Animation, Life, Atmosphere (Polish abbr. PLAŻA – BEACH), the Initiative Group: Library – Lubiewo Commune Culture and Promotion Center (Equal Opportunities), Monika Januszewska (PAFF Leaders), Elementary School in Lubniewo (Learning School), Lubniewo commune, Pomorskie Province;
- The Train to Tradition, the Initiative Group: the Municipal Public Library in Chrzanów, No 6 Elementary School in Chrzanów (Learning School), Third Age University Association in Chrzanów (Seniors in Action), Chrzanów municipality, Małopolskie Province;
- Culture Square, the Initiative Group: Fundus Glacensis Association(Equal Opportunities), the Municipal Public Library (Library Development Program), Iwona Mikołajek (NTL Mobile Advisor, Kudowa-Zdrój municipality, Dolnośląskie Province;
- A-R-M Square – We Act-Rest-Motivate, the Initiative Group: Arkady Fiedler Krotoszyn Public Library in Krotoszyn (Library Development Program), John Paul II No. 3 Secondary Schools Complex (Learning School), TAU Association (Seniors in Action), Krotoszyn municipality, Wielkopolskie Province;
- Beyond the Fences – a Renovation and a Chance for Rzeczniów!, the Initiative Group: Create, Educate, Develop Association (Seniors in Action), Municipal and District Public Library in Rzeczniów (Library Development Program and Equal Opportunities), Justyna Niedziela-Gawlik (PAFF Leaders), Rzeczniów commune, Mazowieckie Province;
- Warmia Stop, the Initiative Group: Warmia Corner Local Action Group (Act Locally, RITA), Municipal Public Library in Dywity (Library Development Program), M. Z. Malewska Elementary School in Dywity (English Teaching), Dywity and Dobre Miasto municipalities, Warmińsko-Mazurskie Province;
The grants of PLN 20,000 were received by the following three start-ups:
- It’s Good to Have a Neighbor – Oleśno and Kluczbork Inspirations, the Initiative Group: Third Age University Association in Oleśno (Seniors in Action), Municipal Culture Center (Equal Opportunities) Public elementary School in Wojciechów (Learning School), Stobrawa Valley Local Action Group (Act Locally), Olesno and Kluczbork municipalities, Opolskie Province;
- We Are Getting Rooted, the Initiative Group: Lady Sue Ryder Non-Public Elementary School in Wola Batorska (English Teaching), St. Kinga Commune Preschool in Podłęże (Learning School), School of Dialogue Foundation (RITA), Niepołomice municipality, Małopolskie Province;
- True or fake news…, the Initiative Group: Let’s Act Together Bukowiec Village Association (Equal Opportunities), Gabriela Góra (PAFF Leaders), Międzyrzec Culture Center (Library Development Program), Elementary School in Bukowiec (Learning School), the Voluntary Fire Brigade in Bukowiec (Equal Opportunities), Międzyrzec municipality, Lubuskie Province.
Following the short break, Grzegorz Nawrocki conducted a panel on various dimensions of common good, participated by representatives of Warka, Szadka, and Złotoryja partnerships. That was an opportunity to share experiences gained in project implementation by new partnerships. The conversation was on subjects critical for building sustainable partnerships, such as obstacles that may be faced by organizations setting up a partnership, important role of mutual respect in cooperation, and importance of continuous motivating the participants and changes taking place in the community. “We need time, perseverance and consequence if we want to see a long-term change”, said Małgorzata Dąbrowska, a representative of the “Fruit of Our Passion” project implemented in Warka. In turn, Julia Jankowska representing the Volcano Center of Activity summed up the project implemented in Złotoryja as follows: “The grant awarded by PAFF for a partnership project helps to start, and then everything just goes on driven by local community energy.”
Next, the issue of planning activities in the common social space were discussed. Krzysztof Herman, the landscape architect of Warsaw University of Life Sciences – SGGW, on the basis of examples of Polish and American towns and cities told about public space designing and programming so that if did all functions important for its users and facilitated community integration.
During the last part of the meeting the participants were divided into two groups. The new Partnerships attended the meeting with Emilia Dmochowska, the “PAFF Local Partnerships” Program Coordinator and Tomasz Bruski, the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland Finance Director, who informed new partnerships and start-ups about the rules of cooperation. Then, Weronika Chrapońska-Chmielewska, the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland Specialist for Promotion and Communication presented the rules of Program promotion. At the same time, the second group, that is the Common Good Lab Animators and the participants of the 5th round of the “PAFF Local Partnerships” Program, took part in Dorota Kostowska’s workshop on public speaking.
At the end of September the initiative groups will start their actions for common good, which undelay their partnerships. They will build Culture Square in Kudowa-Zdrój and the A-R-M Square in Krotoszyn, Hopper’s Trail in Hażle commune and Fablok Trail in Chrzanów, while residents of Rzeczniów will gain new common space “Beyond the Fences”, and the beach at Lubiewo commune, and the building of old school in Dywity will be revived. Furthermore, thanks to the start-up grants Olesno and Kluczbork municipalities will develop the Stobrava Valley, historical and nature trails will be built in Niepołomice Forest, and a Local TV will broadcast in Międzyrzecze.
The objective of “PAFF Local Partnerships” is initiating and development of various PAFF programs participants’ cooperation aimed at establishing partnerships for implementation of programs important for local communities The program is managed by the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland.
Under the current, 6th round, 7 partnerships and 3 start-ups for common goods were established in 12 municipalities and communes. Over six rounds of the program, a total of 45 partnerships were established in 97 communes, with participation of over 600 partners.