About the program
The “Relief Fund” was launched in March 2020. Its objective was to support organizations in an especially difficult situation due to COVID-19 pandemic and counteract the effects of pandemic in their communities.
Some 158 organizations have received grants for a total amount of over PLN 5 million. That allowed them adjust their program activities to pandemic situation and start new projects, often of an intervention nature, addressed to people in particular need of help. The program participants received also institutional support in form of subsidies to cover administrative costs and remuneration of the staff.
Experiences of the PAFF, its partners and other NGOs show that pandemic and resulting social isolation and distance learning have strong negative impact on children and young people, especially in villages and small towns, as well as on groups endangered with social exclusion. Therefore the new round of the “Relief Fund”, which is planned for the years 2022 and 2023, is targeted mainly at supporting civic initiatives in the area of education and children and young people social development. Its objectives are:
- Counteracting and minimizing children’s and young people’s educational losses,
- Improving effectiveness of learning and teaching students in pandemic situation,
- Ensuring safety and improving both mental and physical health,
- Counteracting social isolation of young people.
The program offers two open grant competition for NGO projects and an additional competition aimed at improving and introducing good educational practices developed by organizations participating in the first round of the program. A new element of the second round will be an experience sharing forum allowing the organizations participating in the “Relief Fund” Program share their knowledge and establish cooperation. Among other things, planned are also webinars with experts in problems related to children and young people, workshops, and meetings networking social organizations.
The online conference opening the new round of the “Relief Fund” will take place on Thursday, March 3 2022, from 14:00 hrs. to 15:30 hrs. Applications shall be submitted on the form available at https://fed.org.pl/konferencja-inauguracyjna-funduszu-pomocowego-na-lata-2022-23/
We invite NGOs operating in the area of education and children and young people social development to participate in the first round of the competition for grants for a year-long projects. The maximum amount of a grant that can be awarded is PLN 40,000, including PLN 8,000 for institutional development of the organization. Applications are accepted by March 18, 2022.
The details of the application procedure will be discussed at the online meeting that will take place on Thursday, February 17, 2022 from 14:00 hrs. to 15:30 hrs. Those interested in the meeting are kindly requested to fill in a form available on https://fed.org.pl/fundusz-pomocowy-spotkanie-informacyjne-wiosna-2022/.