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.
After a two-year break due to COVID-19 pandemic, English teachers from village and small town ...
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.
“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 ...
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 ...
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.
Anniversary of the “Projector” – 17 years of student volunteering
The "Projector": 17 years – hundreds of stories was the watchword of the “Projector – Student ...
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.
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.
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 ...
Clear and understandable, intuitively navigated, with content presented in attractive form, ...
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. ...
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 ...
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).
Lectures, discussion panels and questions and answers sessions, over 50 experts from Poland ...
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.
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.
The Pro Publico Bono Competition Foundation (2000-2014)
“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 ...
“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.
The inauguration of 8th round of PAFF Local Partnerships combined with the Common Good seminar ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
The Gala concluding the 10th round of the “Act Locally” Program, combined with the ceremony of presenting the Civic Leader of the Year 2018 title awarded by Newsweek Polska, was held in Warsaw on March 21, 2019. The event was attended by 220 guests involved in various ways in civic activity.
The ceremony was opened by Jerzy Koźmiński, the Polish-American Freedom Foundation President, who pointed to the fact that the “Act Locally” Program has been very important to the Polish-American Freedom Foundation since its inception as an inspiration for other PAFF programs and initiatives targeted at meeting local communities’ needs.
During the first part of the Gala, the winners of the Civic Leader of the Year competition were honored. It started with the address given by Newsweek Polska editor-in-chief Tomasz Lis, who noted that civic leaders do not focus on helping society as such but they offer practical support to those who need it.
The atmosphere of reflection was introduced by A Contribution to Statistics poem by Wisława Szymborska, recited by Krystyna Kofta, a writer, and the address given by Michał Rusinek, the President of Wisława Szymborska Foundation, who explained that the poems written by that Polish Nobel Prize winner are understandable but they aren’t simple, they are a mixture of irony and important morals related to values of social activism. Therefore, as he emphasized, poems by Szymborska are as true now as they were when she wrote them, and offer support in difficult times.
Next, the results of competition for the Newsweek Polska “Civic Leader of the Year” title were announced. In this competition, the Polish-American Freedom Foundation is the Main Partner, and the Substantive Partner is the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland.
On the occasion of the 10th anniversary, the Competition Committee decided to grant the honorary award – the Civic Leader of the Decade title. It went to the late Piotr Pawłowski, the founder of the Friends of Integration Association and the Integration Foundation for persistent and effective campaigning for the world without architectural, digital and social barriers, and for creating legal and moral standards that facilitate everyday lives of the disabled. The award was received by Ewa Pawłowska, the widow of the winner.
The Civic Leader of the Year 2018 title was awarded to two people. One of them is Elżbieta Krajewska-Kułak, the founder of Pro Salute Association, for her multipurpose activities in the area of health protection and promotion of children and seniors, and first of all for her great contribution to establishment of Białystok Children’s Hospice, Health Senior University, and Healthy Kindergartener University, as well as for getting many volunteers involved in helping people in need. The second winner is Krzysztof Marciniak, the President of the SPINKa Association for the Disabled Drivers, awarded for many-year activity aimed at helping the disabled get full automotive mobility and promoting that idea as an effective support for their social and professional rehabilitation.
The Competition Committee granted also two special awards. The first one went to Katarzyna Konewecka-Hołój, the President of Beautiful Angels Association for initiating and getting the others involved in activities for children from low-income families, such as creating safe and healthy living conditions and facilitating their development, as well as for implementation of the Sunny Rooms social campaign under which children’s rooms in private houses, orphanages and hospices were redecorated. The winner of the second award was Marek Lisiński, the President of Don’t Be Afraid Foundation. He was awarded for psychological and legal support to victims of child sexual abuse by priests and for assistance to their families.
The Civic Leader of the Year Competition Committee is composed of: Renata Kim, the head of the “Society” section, Newsweek Polska; Jerzy Koźmiński, the PAFF President and CEO; Jan Kuroń, Jacek Kuroń’s grandson and a well-known cooking expert; Tomasz Lis, the Newseek Polska editor-in-chief; Paweł Łukasiak, the President of the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland; Janina Ochojska, the President of the Polish Humanitarian Action Przemysław Radwan-Röhrenschef, the Vice President of the School for Leaders Foundation; Michał Rusinek, the President of Wisława Szymborska Foundation.
The competition for the “Civic Leader of the Year” refers to the idea launched by Jacek Kuroń and the “SOS SOCIAL ASSISTANCE” Foundation. The objective of the competition is to award activity of individual people in NGOs, informal groups, and local government institutions who struggle with various social problems.
During the second part of Gala, the 10th round of the “Act Locally” Program was summed up. Paweł Łukasiak, the President of the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland noted that a very important role of the “Act Locally” Program consists in grouping people, encouraging them to act, and giving them energy to do so. He also emphasized that especially worth is to share resources with one’s community.
The next item on the Gala agenda was presenting the awards to the winners of the Good Practices in Act Locally competition. Awarded were the best practices of Act Locally Centers implemented in 2017-2018 in such areas as fundraising, effective communication, and activities aimed at improving competencies of the program beneficiaries.
The winners were the following organizations:
Generations Foundation, for three good practices – ALC needs more than only regranting, Act Locally Millionaires, Social Animation Course 2.0;
Young People Together Płock Region Local Fund, for two good practices – Act Locally – in Płock District, In Media on Act Locally ;
Social Development Center, for a good practice – Recorded Projects Implemented As Part Of Act Locally And Posters Showing The Implemented Projects;
St. Anna Region Association, for a good practice – The Devil Is Not So Black As He Is Painted;
Bieszczady Mountains Foundation, for a good practice – Bieszczady Mountains Non-Governmental Organizations Forum;
We Can Do More Together Foundation at the Children’s House in Kłodzko, for a good practice – How To Raise Funds?”;
Partnership for Barycza Valley Association, for a good practice – The Internet Social Portal on Act Locally in ALC Projects Edited by the Grant Recipients Themselves;
Coalition for Young People Białobrzegi Region Local Fund, for a good practice – 3rd Sector GPS or Białobrzegi Civic Center.
The last item on the Gala agenda was the ceremony of presenting awards in the Tell Me About… competition for the years 2017 and 2018. The objective of the competition is to encourage project participants to present their activities under the “Act Locally” Program in an attractive way. The works submitted to the competition were assessed by the Selection Committee composed of: Edyta Wróblewska – a film director; Dariusz Mól – a journalist; Mateusz Miłobędzki – a social psychologist and a promotion expert; Kalina Grzeszuk-Zajączkowska – the Program Officer of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation;
The prizes for 2017 were awarded in the following way:
In the MAN category, the main prize in the amount of PLN 2,500 was received by the Robot informal group submitted by Dalkowskie Hills Agreement Foundation for My Friend Robot short film
The distinction in the MAN category in the amount of PLN 1,000 was received by Clapper Amateur Film Club and Witches informal group submitted by Cieszyn Creative Youth Association for Ladies’ Technical Classes. And a Bit of Theory short film
In the PLACE category, the main prize in the amount of PLN 2,500 was received by #Culture Foundation submitted by Science for Environment Foundation for Plant Flowers Around You multimedia reporting
The distinction in the PLACE category in the amount of PLN 1,000 was received by the Together All Over Again Association submitted by Żywiec Development Foundation for Together All Over Again With a Family in Sól short film
The equal first distinction in the PLACE category in the amount of PLN 1,000 was received by Teen Challenge Christian Social Mission, Winiarczykówka Branch, submitted by Orawa Development Association for Because There Is Power in a Hencoop short film
In the MOTIF category, the main prize in the amount of PLN 2,500 was received by Kłobuk Foundation submitted by Warmia’s Nook Act Locally Group for Witch Stories multimedia reporting
The distinction in the MOTIF category in the amount of PLN 1,000 was received by The Children of Nature informal group submitted by the FARMa Foundation for Youth Activation and Development for The Children of Nature multimedia reporting
The equal first distinction in the MOTIF category in the amount of PLN 1,000 was received by Drawn to Reading informal group submitted by Żywiec Development Foundation for Sewing Maniacs short film
In the FILM PRODUCT OF THE PROJECT category, no prize was granted. The Competition Committee decided that none of the submitted films met the “Tell Me About…” competition requirements.
The distinction in the FILM PRODUCT OF THE PROJECT category in the amount of PLN 1,000 was received by Human Lex Institute Foundation, submitted by STOPA Ełk Association for the Active for Ugly Little Carney short film
The equal first distinction in the FILM PRODUCT OF THE PROJECT category in the amount of PLN 1,000 was received by The Pryzmats & Miejska Orkiestra Dęta (Town Brass Orchestra), submitted by Żywiec Development Foundation for Bridge short film
The prizes in the Tell Me About… competition for 2018 were awarded in the following way:
In the MAN category, no prize was granted. The Competition Committee decided that none of the submitted films met the “Tell Me About…” competition requirements
The distinction in the MAN category in the amount of PLN 1,000 was received by the Voluntary Fire Brigade, Special Lifeguarding Unit in Oś submitted by Enterprise Incubator, Support for Świecko Region Economic Development Association for First Aid Saves Life. Don’t Be Inert short film
The equal first distinction in the MAN category in the amount of PLN 1,000 was received by Senior Club of Wołczyn informal group submitted by Stobrawa Valley Act Locally Group Association for Priceless Moments at the Junior and Senior Friendship Club short film
The equal first distinction in the MAN category in the amount of PLN 1,000 was received by Cheerful Fall Theater informal group submitted by Agreement of Sochaczew District Non-Governmental Organizations for Christmas Action. The Warsawers and the Mountaineers multimedia reporting
In the PLACE category, the main prize in the amount of PLN 2,500 was received by ARTFANI informal group, submitted by Żywiec Development Foundation for The Unusual.pl short film
In the MOTIF category, the main prize in the amount of PLN 2,500 was received by Association for Rudnik Village Development operating in Rudnik, submitted by Cieszyn Creative Youth Association for Birds and We short film,
In the FILM PRODUCT OF THE PROJECT category the main prize in the amount of PLN 2,500 was received by Group of Friends of Tokarnia Region History Association, submitted by ARTS Art, Adventure and Fun Foundation for I Have Always Told You short film
In the FILM PRODUCT OF THE PROJECT category the main prize in the amount of PLN 2,500 was received by Sonbird informal group, submitted by Żywiec Development Foundation for Hungry for Dreams short film
In its attempts to monitor and foresee the most important trends, the Tell Me About… competition changes, takes on various forms and puts emphasis on various aspects depending on the social environment. In the works submitted to the 2018 competition, the Competition Committee assessed innovativeness of the form, attractiveness of graphic and technical solutions applied, as well as relevance in presenting the subject.
The “Act Locally” Program is the Polish-American Freedom Foundation’s initiative implemented by the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland. To date almost 10.500 projects have been performed as part of it all over Poland. They involved a total of over 3.8 million residents and almost 220 thousand volunteers. The program is based on cooperation with the Network of 74 Act Locally Centers covering almost 650 communes and rural communes all over Poland.
Source: the Academy for the Development of Philantropy in Poland