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    ENGLISH TEACHING
     
    The program is addressed to schools, teachers, local leaders and non-governmental organizations. Through training and grant competitions, it supports efforts aimed at improving the quality of English language teaching to children and youth from small towns and rural areas. The program’s rich offer contributes to the professional development of English teachers who are working in small localities.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Nidzica Development Foundation “NIDA”
    3 Rzemieślnicza St., 13-100 Nidzica
    tel. (48 89) 625-36-51, tel./fax (48 89) 625-36-62
    e-mail: j.kowalczyk@nida.pl

    News
     
    English Teaching Market 2022
    English Teaching Market 2022
    After a two-year break due to COVID-19 pandemic,  English teachers from village and small town ...
    EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES
     
    This is a system of support for local initiatives aimed at equalizing educational opportunities for comprehensive development of children and youth from small towns and rural areas. The program consists of regular grant competitions as well as training and regional forums enabling the exchange of experiences between NGOs and other entities involved in projects related to education and training of children and youth.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Civis Polonus Foundation
    Bagatela 10 St., Ap. 36, 00-585 warsaw
    tel. +48 509 725 536; (48 22) 827 52 49
    e-mail: fundacja@civispolonus.org.pl

    News
     
    “Equal Opportunities” – the “Large Grants” Competition
    “Equal Opportunities” – the “Large Grants” Competition
    Up to PLN 40,000 for a project implemented over the period of 12 months developing social and ...
    LEARNING SCHOOLS (LES)
     
    The purpose of this program is to improve the quality of Polish education using the best foreign models and domestic experiences. Its objective is to improve teaching and assessment methods and comprehensive school development based on cooperation of teaching staff members. Schools develop new solutions and share their best practices. The program includes post-graduate studies for school principals as well as interactive Internet courses for teachers. Particular emphasis is placed on schools in rural ...
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Center for Citizenship Education Foundation
    10 Noakowskiego St. Ap. 1, 00-666 Warsaw
    tel. (48 22) 875 85 40, fax (48 22) 875 85 40 int. 102
    e-mail: ceo@ceo.org.pl

    The School with Class Foundation ("School with Class")
    19 Śniadeckich St., 00-654 Warsaw
    tel. (48) 518 287 625
    e-mail: fundacja@szkolazklasa.org.pl

    News
     
    The Summer School for Learning Schools Directors
    The Summer School for Learning Schools Directors
    A group of 120 people managing educational institutions all over Poland participated in a two-day ...
    PAFF AND UW SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
     
    The objective of the program, implemented jointly with the University of Warsaw (UW), is to prepare candidates for the teaching profession. This one-year postgraduate, full-time study is addressed to graduates of MA/MSc studies in Polish language, math, biology and history. The innovative curriculum was developed in cooperation with Columbia University Teachers College in New York. The PAFF and UW School of Education also conducts training sessions, seminars and e-learning courses for in-service ...
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Foundation for Quality Education
    ul. Banacha 2C, 02-097 Warszawa
    tel. (22) 55 43 790, (22) 55 43 789
    e-mail: kontakt@szkolaedukacji.pl

    News
     
    Between Research And the School Community
    Between Research And the School Community
    Two days, four plenary lectures, 80 participants representing the biggest academic centers ...
    PROJECTOR - STUDENT VOLUNTEERS
     
    The idea is to tap into the intellectual potential and energy of university students in order to promote equal educational opportunities for children and youth from small localities as well as activating the volunteers’ social involvement. This is achieved by having groups of student-volunteers carry out educational projects at schools and other institutions.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Educational Enterprise Foundation
    ul. Marii Curie Skłodowskiej 3/2.32
    20-029 Lublin
    e-mail: biuro@projektor.org.pl
    tel: (81) 534 78 93
    800 444 131

    News
     
    Anniversary of the “Projector” – 17 years of student volunteering
    Anniversary of the “Projector” – 17 years of student volunteering
    The "Projector": 17 years – hundreds of stories was the watchword of the “Projector – Student ...
    BRIDGE SCHOLARSHIPS
     
    A joint undertaking by NGOs, public institutions and firms is addressed to secondary school graduates from rural areas and small towns. The program enables them to receive scholarships for their first year of academic study. It opens the recipients a door to further assistance within the Top Student competition, language scholarships, doctoral scholarships as well as foreign internships.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Educational Enterprise Foundation
    27/29 Sterlinga St., 90-212 Lodz
    tel. (48 42) 632-59-91, 631-95-58, fax (48 42) 630-27-81
    e-mail: fep@fep.lodz.pl

    Polish-American Internship Initiative: www.paii.pl

    The Good Network Foundation (“My Scholarship” and “e-volunteering”)
    ul. Marszałkowska 6/17, 00-590 Warszawa
    tel. (22) 825 70 22
    e-mail: biuro@dobrasiec.org
    www.dobrasiec.org

    News
     
    Bridge Scholarships for the 1st year university course – apply now!
    Bridge Scholarships for the 1st year university course – apply now!
    450 scholarships for the 1st year of studies are awaiting apt, ambitious students who come ...
    THIRD AGE UNIVERSITIES (TAU)
     
    The objective of this program is to unleash the social energy of senior citizens. It is carried out at two levels: the “Seniors in Action” grant competition, under which senior citizens come up with ideas and carry out projects for the benefit of their local communities and intergenerational integration, as well as support for the Third Age Universities by providing them with training opportunities and mini-grants for cyclical activities that promotes TAU students’ volunteering.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Association of the Creative Initiatives "ę"
    55 Mokotowska St., 00-542 Warszawa
    tel. (4822) 396-55-16
    e-mail: listy@seniorzywakcji.pl

    News
     
    10 years of the „Seniors in Action” competition
    10 years of the „Seniors in Action” competition
    The 10th round of the „Seniors in Action” competition is pending. The competition, with its ...
    SUPPORT FOR NGOS
     
    An information and support system for Polish NGOs and civic initiatives. It includes the Non-Governmental Organizations’ Portal, www.ngo.pl, the free Infoline 801-646-719, a database of organizations and institutions, as well as the “Third Sector” quarterly. The program also offers training, counseling and publications on NGO management (“FIMANGO”, “PROMENGO” and the Kursodrom.pl). It also supports non-governmental organizations with information and advocacy efforts designed to help them effectively ...
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    "MIS@NGO”: The Klon/Jawor Association
    5 Szpitalna St. Ap. 5, 00-031 Warsaw
    Info-line (48) 801-646-719, fax (48 22) 828-91-29
    e-mail: klon@klon.org.pl
    Non-governmental Organization's Portal: www.ngo.pl
    www.eu.ngo.pl

    "FIMANGO": The Civil Society Development Foundation
    6 Kłopotowskiego St., Apt. 59/60, 03-717 Warsaw
    tel.(48 22) 616-33-16, fax (48 22) 616-32-46,
    e-mail: fimango@frso.pl

    “NGO Training”: The Academy of Civic Organizations Foundation
    ul. Królowej Marysieńki 48
    02-954 Warszawa
    tel. (22) 550 28 10
    e-mail: faoo@faoo.pl
    www.kursodrom.pl

    News
     
    New image of ngo.pl portal
    New image of ngo.pl portal
    Clear and understandable, intuitively navigated, with content presented in attractive form, ...
    ACT LOCALLY
     
    Grant competitions organized by the network of Act Locally Centers (ALC) lend support to many different initiatives of non-governmental organizations and informal groups that activate communities of villages and small towns, serving their developmental aspirations. The activities involve cooperation of various partners and all respond to the specific needs of their local communities. As a result, they contribute to the building of social capital and the overall improvement of the quality of life. ...
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Academy for the Development of Philantropy in Poland
    6 Marszałkowska St. Ap. 6, 00-590 Warsaw
    tel. (48 22) 622-01-22, fax (48 22) 622-02-11
    e-mail: arfp@filantropia.org.pl

    News
     
    The Benefactor of the Year – the winners were announced
    The Benefactor of the Year – the winners were announced
    The awards in 25th round of the Benefactor of the Year Competition were presented in Sofitel ...
    SECTOR 3.0
     
    The aim is to broaden the knowledge and skills of non-governmental organizations’ employees and activists in the practical use of modern information and communication technologies (ICT). The program comprises several components: informational (website, VOD, and blog), promotional (Sector 3.0 Festivals), advisory (ICT Mobile Advisors network and e-learning), and financial (Innovation Fund).
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Information Society Development Foundation
    ul. Kopernika 17, 00-359 Warszawa
    tel.: (48 22) 123 90 20
    Contact person: Dawid Szarański
    mobile: +48 530-69-11-99

    News
     
    Building Trust Sector 3.0 Festival is over
    Building Trust Sector 3.0 Festival is over
    Lectures, discussion panels and questions and answers sessions, over 50 experts from Poland ...
    PAFF LEADERS
     
    This undertaking is primarily addressed to active participants of various PAFF programs, supporting development of the local leaders’ skills and qualifications necessary to work effectively for the benefit of their communities. The program uses the tutoring method; placing a tutor with a leader for a protracted length of time. Program alumni are encouraged to participate in workshops, study visits to Poland and other countries, and meetings with public figures.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The School for Leaders Foundation
    12A Wiejska St., 00-490 Warsaw
    tel. (4822) 556-82-50, (4822) 556-82-54, fax (4822) 556-82-51
    e-mail: liderzy@szkola-liderow.pl

    News
     
    Leader activities start up! The reunion at Falenty
    Leader activities start up! The reunion at Falenty
    Between September 20-24, PAFF Leaders and their tutors met at the reunion on “leader’s self-awareness” ...
    PRO PUBLICO BONO
     
    Under the program, PAFF currently supports the Bolesław Wierzbiański Award for local newspapers, offers training for local media journalists under the “Media Forum. Local Development” project, and organizes the annual Civic Congress in Warsaw.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Local Press Association (The Bolesław Wierzbiański Award)

    The Media Forum Foundation (“Media Forum. Local Development”)

    The Institute for Market Economics (Civic Congress)

    The Pro Publico Bono Competition Foundation (2000-2014)

    News
     
    “Gazeta Jarocińska” won the Bolesław Wierzbiański Award
    “Gazeta Jarocińska” won the Bolesław Wierzbiański Award
    The ceremony of announcing the Local Press Association competition results and presenting the ...
    LIBRARY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
     
    From 2009 to 2015, thanks to the partnership of PAFF with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, 3,808 public libraries in municipalities and rural communes with population of up to 20,000 inhabitants had been supported. They have become modern multifunctional centers which provide access to information, culture and education. In 2021, the program reached nearly 250 new libraries. One of our methods for consolidating program outcomes is to increase the digital competencies of librarians and library ...
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Information Society Development Foundation
    ul. Kopernika 17, 00-359 Warszawa
    tel.: (48 22) 123 90 20

    News
     
    “Let’s meet!” - the Library Convention has been held for the 13th time
    “Let’s meet!” - the Library Convention has been held for the 13th time
    Over 600 librarians took part in the 13th Library Convention that was held simultaneously in ...
    PAFF LOCAL PARTNERSHIPS
     
    The purpose of the program is to initiate and develop cooperation among beneficiaries of various PAFF programs who establish Local Partnerships and involve other local organizations and institutions, as well as entrepreneurs, self-government bodies, and media in the implementing partnership projects responding to diagnosed local community needs. Their activities, using the method of animating local communities worked out in the program, contribute to the consolidation of social capital.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland
    ul. Marszałkowska 6/6, 00-590 Warszawa
    tel. (22) 622-01-22, fax (22) 622-02-11

    News
     
    PAFF Local Partnerships start with their actions
    PAFF Local Partnerships start with their actions
    The inauguration of 8th round of PAFF Local Partnerships combined with the Common Good  seminar ...
    GREEN LEADER
     
    The program supports local leaders who want to gain knowledge and competencies in conducting actions aimed at protecting the environment in their local communities and dealing with climate change, as well as effectively obtaining EU funds for implementation of their initiatives.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Sendzimir Foundation
    46a Mokotowska St., Ap. 25
    00-543 Warszawa

    tel. +48 663 202 050

    Contact person:
    Maria Wiśnicka
    Project Coordinator 

    News
     
    Join the “Green Leader” program
    Join the “Green Leader” program
    Are you a local leader? Are you active in environment and climate protection? Do you want to ...
    RELIEF FUND
     
    The objective of the program, launched in March 2020, is to support NGO initiatives aimed at mitigating and/or counteracting the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Education for Democracy Foundation
    ul. Nowolipie 9/11, 00-150 Warszawa
    e-mail: fundusz@fed.org.pl

    Multimedia
     
    News
     
    The “Relief Fund for NGOs” – results of the grant competition
    The “Relief Fund for NGOs” – results of the grant competition
    Under the “Relief Fund for NGOs and Civic Initiatives” Program, 46 NGOs received grants in ...
    LANE KIRKLAND SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
     
    A scholarship program for young leaders from Eastern Europe as well as the South Caucasus and Central Asia. Through the two-semester post-graduate studies at Polish universities and professional internships, scholars have an opportunity to learn about Poland’s transformation experience and integration with the European Union. The offer includes one-semester courses for academics.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Leaders of Change Foundation
    Al. Jerozolimskie 133 lok. 56
    02-304 Warszawa
    Program Director: Urszula Sobiecka
    tel. (48) 504-103-904

    News
     
    Kirkland Research scholarship holders got their diplomas
    Kirkland Research scholarship holders got their diplomas
    On January 25, 2023 the ceremony of presenting the Kirkland Research (KRES) scholarship holders ...
    REGION IN TRANSITION (RITA)
     
    The program supports initiatives of Polish non-governmental organizations aimed at sharing various aspects Poland’s experience in transformation This is implemented in cooperation with partners in Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus and Central Asia. The program offers grants, training opportunities and experts’ support, as well as assistance in establishing cooperation with foreign partners.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Education for Democracy Foundation
    9/11 Nowolipie St., 00-150 Warsaw
    e-mail: rita@fed.org.pl

    News
     
    “Support for Ukraine” – a fast RITA grant path
    “Support for Ukraine” – a fast RITA grant path
    The Polish-American Freedom Foundation and the Education for Democracy Foundation invite Polish ...
    STUDY TOURS TO POLAND (STP)
     
    These study visits, implemented since 2004, are to show the realities of Poland and the EU to active citizens of East European, South Caucasus and Central Asia countries. The participants are university student leaders from Ukraine, Belarus, Russia and Moldova as well as professionals from countries of the Region. Under the program the Foundation supports the Warsaw Euro-Atlantic Summer Academy (WEASA) addressed to experts coming from Eastern Partnership countries.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Leaders of Change Foundation
    Al. Jerozolimskie 133 lok. 56
    02-304 Warszawa
    e-mail: stp@studytours.pl

    News
     
    “Study Tours to Poland” for students from Ukraine and Moldova
    “Study Tours to Poland” for students from Ukraine and Moldova
    Enrollment for study tours for students from Ukraine and Moldova that will take place in April ...
    SUPPORT FOR UKRAINE
     
    A special program launched by the Polish-American Freedom Foundation in response to the war in Ukraine is addressed to Polish NGOs helping the civilian population in Ukraine as well as war refugees coming to Poland.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Education for Democracy Foundation
    ul. Nowolipie 9/11, 00-150 Warszawa
    e-mail: ukraina@fed.org.pl

    Contacts persons:
    Sylwia Gajownik, the Education for Democracy Foundation, Tel. +48 535 854 424
    Agnieszka Świeczka, the Education for Democracy Foundation, Tel. +48 605 787 757

    News
     
    Grant competition for projects supporting Ukraine
    Grant competition for projects supporting Ukraine
    By February 28 the projects can be submitted to the “Support for Ukraine” PAFF grant program. ...
     
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    • Bridge Scholarships are 15 years old
    • Jerzy Koźmiński
    • Bridge Scholarships are 15 years old
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    BRIDGE SCHOLARSHIPS
    Bridge Scholarships are 15 years old
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    Over 15,500 scholarship holders and over 21, 000 scholarships for university courses for young people coming from small towns and villages and low-income families – these are the effects of 15 years of the Bridge Scholarships Program. The 15th anniversary celebration gala and at the same time the program 16th round inaugural meeting was held in Warsaw on December 5, 2017.

    The meeting was attended by U.S. Ambassador to Poland Paul W. Jones, representatives of the Program Founders  and Partners Coalition, as well as the present-round scholarship holders.

    “As a survey conducted among the Bridge Scholarships holders and alumni shows, for half of the respondents the scholarship was the main source of money over their first year of studies. Thanks to the prospect of getting it, they could decide to study at the university and faculty of their dreams. They did not have to look for a job over their first year of study, when combining job and studies is especially difficult. They could develop their interests other than studies, increase their cultural capital. 90 percent of scholarship holders finished their studies with very good or good grade,” Jerzy Koźmiński, the President of Polish-American Freedom Foundation said during the address opening the meeting.  He emphasized that it is thanks to involvement of broad group of Partners, that the Bridge Scholarships Program is one of the biggest non-governmental scholarship programs in Poland.

    Ambassador Paul W. Jones referred to the 100th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between the USA and Poland and pointed to the important role played by such project as the Polish-American Internship Initiative in developing good relations between both countries. “Our future is in your hands, and I am very optimistic about it,” said Ambassador Jones congratulating the scholarship holders.

    Małgorzata Zdzienicka-Grabarz, the President of BGŻ BNP Paribas Foundation spoke on behalf of the Partners and Founders. She recalled the beginnings of the program. “The Bridge Scholarships are the result of need to cooperate and join hands in something that works for the good. We all are a part of that bridge – both those who established it and those who contribute to its continuation,” she said.

    The event made an opportunity to honor the Sponsors and Partners of the Bridge Scholarships Program; the statuettes commemorating the 15th anniversary of the program were presented by Dr. Zofia Sapijaszka and Jerzy Koźmiński. Next the group of 45 students representing over 1100 this-year scholarship holders from all over Poland received diplomas from the representatives of the program Founders and Partners.

    “Your attitude deserves respect because you motivate young people to act. Your support is a trampoline for us which allows us overcome even big obstacles, reach higher and fulfill our dreams,” said scholarship holder Dominika Dubiel, addressing representatives of the Program Founders. “The Bridge Scholarships Program is an opportunity for much more than only good education. We gain new experiences, make new friends, improve in selected areas, develop talents and ourselves. We – the scholarship holders coming from small towns – are the world citizens today,” Dominika Dubiel concluded.

    To add splendor to the event, program alumnus  and graduate of accordion class at Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw Mateusz Chmielewski played Bulgarian Suite by Vyacheslav Semyonov.

    The Bridge Scholarships Program was launched 15 years ago in response to a serious social problem – the clear disparity of access to higher education between urban and rural youth. The program helps talented young people from small localities, including former state-owned farm areas, make the decision to begin university studies by offering them first-year scholarships.

    Today it is an extensive scholarship system offering support also over next years of studies. The scholarships are awarded to apt and ambitious young people from small towns or villages, low income families, who start their full-time university course.  Eligible to apply for a scholarship in the amount of PLN 500 a month are those senior high school leavers who do very well in their academic pursuits and meet one of the conditions – come from the family of former state-owned farm workers, or are the finalists of thematic secondary high school Olympiads, or come from a big family or a foster family or a state children’s home, or have been recommended by a local NGO.

    Under the program, six types of support is awarded. Students who perform very well at their university course can get scholarships for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th year of studies, language scholarships, scholarships for doing a part of their studies abroad, doctoral scholarships, as well as scholarships for doing their internships in the United States or in Poland. 

    So far a total of over 21,000 various scholarships have been awarded, including over  15,500 scholarships for the first year of studies. This year 1,100 students and postgraduate doctoral course students benefit from the support, including 650 students of the 1st year of studies. Most of scholarship holders say that the scholarship was important for them and improved their financial situation.

    Currently the Founders and Partner group is composed of Polish-American Freedom Foundation, the National Bank of Poland, the Rural Development Foundation, the BGŻ BNP Paribas Foundation and a coalition of some 100 local NGOs. The program is implemented in cooperation with the National Center for Support of Agriculture  (former the Agricultural Property Agency), Professor Bronisław Geremek’s Center and the Unit for Social Innovation and Research “Shipyard” Foundation. For 16 rounds of the program the Partners have disbursed PLN 103 million.

    The program is managed by the Educational Enterprise Foundation.

    The main media patron of the program is “Rzeczpospolita” daily. The media patrons are “Forum Akademickie” (the Academic Forum) and “Perspektywy” (Perspectives) monthly.

    For more information contact:

    Anna Nowak, the Educational Enterprise Foundation,PR Specialist
    tel.: (42) 632 59 91; (42) 631 95 58; mobile.: 660 223 851

    www.stypendia-pomostowe.pl

    by Anna Nowak and Przemysław Zaroń, photos by Educational Enterprise Foundation
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