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. Thanks to rich program offer it contributes to professional development of English teachers working in small towns and villages.
Are you an English teacher or a local leader? Do you have an idea of a language project you ...
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 cyclical grant competitions as well as training and regional forums allowing to exchange experiences between NGOs and other entities involved in projects related to children and youth education and training.
“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 through the use of 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 best practices. The program includes also post-graduate studies for school principals and interactive Internet courses for teachers. Particular emphasis is placed on schools ...
At the end of November the “Help to learn! From feedback to deep learning” conference was held ...
PAFF AND UW SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
The objective of the program, implemented jointly with the University of Warsaw, is to prepare candidates to teacher profession. This one-year postgraduate full-time studies are addressed to graduates of MA/MSc studies in Polish language, math, biology and history. The innovative curriculum was developed in cooperation with Teachers College, Columbia University, New York. The SE runs also training sessions, seminars and e-learning courses for teachers.
How can experience gained at the PAFF and UW School of Education be used in the first years ...
PROJECTOR - STUDENT VOLUNTEERS
The idea behind this program is to tap into the intellectual potential and energy of university students in order to promote active people and equal educational opportunities for children and youth from small localities. This is achieved by having groups of student-volunteers carry out educational projects at schools and other institutions.
“Projector – Student Volunteers” supports Ukrainian children
Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine more than 2 million Ukrainian refugees ...
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 scholarship recipients a way to further assistance i.a. within the Top Student competition, language scholarships, doctoral scholarships as well as foreign internships.
On December 14, 2021, the 20th round of the Bridge Scholarships Program was inaugurated. Together ...
THIRD AGE UNIVERSITIES (TAU)
The objective of this program is to stimulate social energy of the senior citizens. It is carried out at two different levels: the "Seniors in Action" grant competition, under which senior citizens come up with an idea and carry out projects for the benefit of their local communities and intergenerational integration as well as support for the Third Age Universities through training opportunities and mini-grants for cyclical activities promoting volunteering.
The fifth round of TAU for Local Communities project is on. The project is implemented under ...
SUPPORT FOR NGOS
An information and support system for Polish NGOs and civic initiatives. It includes the Non-Governmental Organizations’ Portal ngo.pl, the free Infoline 801 646 719, a database of organizations and institutions and the “Third Sector” quarterly. The program also offers training, counseling and publications on NGO management (“FIMANGO”, “PROMENGO” and Kursodrom.pl platform). Furthermore, it 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, ...
The grant competitions organized by the network of Act Locally Centers (ALC) lend support to various initiatives of non-governmental organizations and informal groups that activate communities of villages and small towns as well as foster developmental aspirations. The undertaken activities are founded on cooperation and respond to specific needs of a local community, and involve various partners. As a result, they contribute to building social capital and improving the quality of life. Successive ...
Due to the war in Ukraine, “Act Locally” has launched a special grant path entitled “Act Locally ...
The aim of the program is to broaden knowledge and skills of non-governmental organizations’ employees and activists in practical use of modern information and communication technologies (ICT). The program comprises several components: informational, which is implemented through the website and the blog; promotional, under which the Sector 3.0 Festivals and meetings in the TechClub network are cyclically held; consultative, which lends support through training and consultations provided by ICT Mobile ...
The Homo Faber Association won the Sector 3.0 Award
The Award for social organizations which have outstanding achievements in promotion, research ...
The program is addressed first of all to active participants of program financed by PAFF and supports development of local leaders’ skills and qualifications necessary in effective working for the benefit of their communities. The program uses the method of tutoring, that is permanent cooperation of a leader with a tutor. The program participants take also part in a series of training sessions and receive customized support. The offer for the program alumni is aimed at further improvement of their ...
If you have at least 3 years of experience in working for a particular community, and especially ...
PRO PUBLICO BONO
The Pro Publico Bono Competition for the Best Civic Initiative was launched in 1999 by, then, Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek. Since 2000, the Polish-American Freedom Foundation funded the competition awards. Under the program, the Foundation presently supports the Bolesław Wierzbiański Award for local newspapers, training sessions for local media journalists as part of the “Media Forum. Local Development” project, and the annual Civic Congress held 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
Under the program implemented till April 2015 by the partnership of PAFF and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, almost 4,000 public libraries in municipalities and rural communes with population of up to 20,000 inhabitants had been supported. They became modern multifunctional centers which provide access to information, culture and education, and at the same time stimulate active citizenship. Presently, the effects of the program are enhanced with activities aimed at development of librarians’ ...
The bibliotekidlaukrainy.org.pl website was created within two programs of the Polish-American ...
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 into implementation of partnership projects responding to diagnosed local community needs. Their activities, using the method of animating local communities worked out in the program, contribute to consolidation of the social capital through ...
In 2022 we extend objectives of grant competitions that have already been launched as part ...
The program supports local leaders who want to gain knowledge and competencies in conducting actions aimed at protecting the natural environment in their local communities, and also effectively obtaining EU funds for implementation of their initiatives.
Local leaders for environment and climate protection
Enrollment to the “Green Leader” Program aimed at supporting local leaders in their activities ...
The objective of this program, launched in March 2020, is to support initiatives of non-governmental organizations aimed at mitigating and/or counteracting the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and offering aid to organizations in difficult situations resulting from the pandemic.
Support for counteracting the effects of pandemic’s impact
The second round of the “Relief Fund for NGOs and Civic Initiatives” – the PAFF program run ...
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, they have an opportunity to learn about Poland’s transformation experience and integration with the European Union. The offer includes also one-semester courses for academics.
Over 500 alumni of the Kirkland Program are citizens of Ukraine. In the face of the dramatic ...
REGION IN TRANSITION (RITA)
The program supports initiatives of Polish non-governmental organizations, aimed at sharing Poland’s experience in various aspects of transformation, which are 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)
The study tours to Poland, implemented since 2004, are to show the realities of Poland and the European Union to active citizens of East European, South Caucasus and Central Asia countries. Their participants are student leaders from Ukraine, Belarus, Russia and Moldova and professionals from countries of the Region. During their visit to Poland, the foreign visitors meet representatives of public life, academic and business circles, they learn about NGOs’ activities as well as operation of central ...
The “Study Tours to Poland” Program supports Ukraine
Since 2004 more than 10,000 people have visited Poland under the “STP” Program, including 6,500 ...
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 and 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