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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. Thanks to rich program offer it contributes to professional development of English teachers working in small towns and villages.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The “Nida” Development Foundation
    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
     
    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.
    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 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 ...
    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 22) 658 00 73
    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, 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.
    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
     
    The School of Education graduates got their diplomas
    The School of Education graduates got their diplomas
    The PAFF and UW School of Education has completed its 6th academic year – the diplomas were ...
    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.
    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 scholarship recipients a way to further assistance i.a. 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 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 inter-generational integration as well as support for the Third Age Universities through training opportunities and mini-grants for cyclical activities promoting 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
     
    Seniors for local communities
    Seniors for local communities
    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 ...
    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
     
    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 ...
    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 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 ...
    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
     
    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 ...
    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
     
    Power and Diversity. PAFF Leaders in Falenty
    Power and Diversity. PAFF Leaders in Falenty
    Over 170 people attended this year’s Polish-American Freedom Foundation Leaders’ Convention ...
    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.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Local Press Association (The Bolesław Wierzbiański Award)

    The “ROTA” Association (“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
     
    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’ ...
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

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

    News
     
    The Olga Rok Scholarship for librarians with passion
    The Olga Rok Scholarship for librarians with passion
    The 11th round of Olga Rok Scholarship Competition for female librarians who in non-standard ...
    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 ...
    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 support Ukraine
    PAFF Local Partnerships support Ukraine
    In 2022 we extend objectives of grant competitions that have already been launched as part ...
    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
     
    Local leaders for environment and climate protection
    Local leaders for environment and climate protection
    Enrollment to the “Green Leader” Program aimed at supporting local leaders in their activities ...
    RELIEF FUND
     
    The objective of the 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.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

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

    Multimedia
     
    News
     
    Support for counteracting the effects of pandemic’s impact
    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.
    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
     
    This year’s Kirklanders have received their diplomas
    This year’s Kirklanders have received their diplomas
    The diploma giving ceremony took place in Warsaw on June 23, 2022. In 2021/22 academic year ...
    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.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

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

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    “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)
     
    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 ...
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

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

    News
     
    10th round of WEASA is over
    10th round of WEASA is over
    The 10th  jubilee round of Warsaw Euro-Atlantic Summer Academy (WEASA) took place from 11 to ...
    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.
    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

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    Successes of PAFF Local Partnerships projects
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    At the online meeting held on February 23, participants of the 7th round of the “PAFF Local Partnerships” Program presented the results of their initiatives and told us about the strength of partnerships that were established by them.

    The event was opened by President of the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland Paweł Łukasiak and Polish-American Freedom Foundation Program Officer Kalina Grzeszuk-Zajączkowska, who pointed to the great significance of partnerships’ strength and expressed their appreciation for people and institutions involved, their efforts, as well as encouraged them to keep on developing cooperation on the basis of worked out local resources.

    Next, Program Coordinator Emilia Dmochowska presented the opportunities to continue their cooperation under the alumni initiative – the Common Good Lab.

    After that the partnership leaders presented achievements of their year-long projects the common denominator of which was the common good, in each case on the basis of social diagnosis of local community needs.

    At Płużnica, the residents created a friendly, nice-looking, cozy and modern space for residents which they called Współdzielnia (Sharing Outlet). It became a place serving for development of informal education and neighbor support, where they can share their knowledge, experience and skills. They have held there a series of Breakfast Meetings For Civil Leaders, as well as various training sessions, workshops and educational classes.

    The partnership of Niepołomice wanted Niepołomicka Forest to integrate the local community and become a place where nature and historical past meet the residents’ needs. Started as a start-up in 6th round of the program actions have been extended to be more involving for the residents. For example, nature walks where organized in Niepołomicka Forest, there was also We Take Root – Health from the Nature Festival (it’s a word game in Polish: We take root = zapuszczamy korzenie, while forest=puszcza) aimed at promotion of healthy lifestyle and psychical wellbeing.

    The common good for the partnership of Gołdap was the public space viewed in social and cultural categories that would meet needs of both local community and tourists. Because of the turbulent past of Gołdap and Masuria region, the attention was also focused on multiculturalism which is a valuable element of that community. One of the project elements was an exhibition titled Gołdap – People And Places, held in the center of town, and presenting historical photos made available by people and four boards with large format pictures of pre-war architecture. The common ground is also a place for holding civic cafés and lectures.

    Orneta Idea Finder is a Center for Local Integration, the result of partnership work and activity, social innovation development, creativity, and competence space. It was designed as a place where residents can meet but also where workshops or debates can take place. It’s aim is to build local social capital. On the residents own initiative they also managed to create Wake-up Orneta Local Internet TV.

    The partnership of Międzyrzecz defined well informed community as their common good. The term includes such feelings as the need to learn local knowledge including  awareness of your own roots, as well as your municipality or village advantages, and events taking place there. They got closer to reaching that goal thanks to creation of local Internet TV as a start-up in 6th round of the program. Therefore the partners decided to develop that means of communication further and at the same time make the community of Międzyrzecz take also part in such activities as workshops, quests or outdoor games. Also, plans for development of thematic villages have been developed by village councils in 2 villages.

    At Dragacz commune it was decided that they will take care of traditions related to Kociewie region. Among other events participated by residents there were workshops of Kociewie patterns painting at the end of which there was a competition for the best works, bike rallies, and outdoor games.

    The objective of the Maps of Memory, Memory on Maps project at Janowice Wielkie was to preserve the collective historical, cultural, natural and social memory. Cooperation of residents resulted in creation of virtual map of places and stories in Janowice Wielkie commune, putting up 20 memory boards related to places marked on the map, and registering 11 interviews with senior residents of the commune.

    In Mosina commune a volunteering center for young people was set up. And also they set up a Federation of Local Organizations which is an association of organizations operating in the commune. Cooperation resulted in carrying several joint actions, such as collection for the retirement home, joining the Freedom Soup action for homeless people, as well as a collection of pets’ food for the shelter. Apart from that, 8 projects for young people and 3 competitions for residents have been implemented.

    Thanks to the implementation of Common Włodawa project the residents could realize what meaning has the public space had from historical and natural view point and what is its present esthetics. Four online meetings were held on such topics as history of Włodawa families, heritage of Jewish cemeteries, or how to cope with epidemic in small communities. In town park 11 memory boards related to Jewish cemetery existing there in the past have been put out.

    Residents of Czernica selected nurturing local identity and pointing to the uniqueness of the place they live in as their main goal. Therefore it was cultural heritage and history of Czernica, and in particular the 19th century palace there, became the common good around which the partnership was built. As a result the first in Śląskie province thematic village was created. The contacts of representatives of local community got closer when they joined hands preparing all elements of visual identification and building Granary of Secrets brand. They have developed 2 workshop scenarios and 4 quests for tourists visiting the village.

    What Do We Need? Let’s Do It! project in Lądek Zdrój consisted in improving the town esthetics. They held numerous actions to make the town look better (planting plants, putting out decorative flower pots in the main square) and next to the Cultural Center the educational herbal garden was created. The biggest event was the Street Art Festival Lądek-Zdrój, which turned into 8-day festival on the street art thanks to many new partners that joined the partnership. There were many attractions during the festival, such as local street theater performances, outdoor art installation made by children and young people of Lądek, artistic open-air, street concerts, workshops, animations, dance theater performance, and “the luncheon on the grass”.

    In Szumowo commune the residents focused their attention on historical and cultural resources, and especially on their open-air museum. As part of the project they organized 2 rounds of Szumowo Tradition and Folk Art Festivals, published Localities in Szumowo Community in the Past and Today book, held 10 various training sessions and workshops related to the tradition in the region, including the ones on old toys and games, weaving of straw, singing workshops, and cooking workshops.

    In Fredropol commune an interactive map was created showing the attractions in the commune with a total of 130 marked points. Each place is described in details, and the photos are posted (including aerial photos with 360 degrees display of selected places.) Additionally, thanks to cooperation with Wild Carpatians Initiative, they managed to add to the map also attractions planned in Turnicki National Park.

    The meeting participants emphasized special significance of emotional ties they have built while implementing the projects. Selected start-up will have an opportunity to extend their activities in the following round of the program.

    The objective of launched in 2009 “PAFF Local Partnerships” Program is to initiate and develop cooperation among participants of various PAFF programs to set up partnerships that can implement social projects important to local communities. The program uses the method of animating local communities to build the common good on the basis of earlier performed social diagnosis. In 2019 a pilot project was launched addressed to partnerships established at their own initiative and not involved in earlier implementation of PAFF programs.

    So far 50 PAFF Local Partnerships and 11 start-ups were established that cover 107 communes and municipalities. A total of almost 160,000 residents and almost 1,000 partners have participated. Only in the 7th round of the program over 220 partners and almost 400 volunteers were involved in activities carried out under 13 projects.

    by Kalina Grzeszuk-Zajączkowska, photo courtesy of the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland
    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

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