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 9th “Act Locally” Gala is over. We know who Civic Leaders of 2016 are.
On February 16, 2017 Teatr Kamienica in Warsaw was the venue of a gala summing up the 9th edition of the “Act Locally” Program. It was also the occasion to present awards in the “Tell me about…” and “Civic Leader of the Year 2016” competitions. The first one was organized for the “Act Locally” Program participants, and another one – by Newsweek Polska weekly.
“There are two reasons to be happy: one is making other people happy, and the other is being happy when you change unhappiness into happiness, sometimes boosting the energy of other people. These awards are very important because it is worth appreciating people who show the others how to be good, empathic and caring,” Tomasz Lis, the Newsweek Polska Editor-in-Chief said in his address summing up the last-year’s edition of the “Civic Leader of the Year” competition.
The Chapter of the Competition, of which the Polish-American Freedom Foundation is the main partner and the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland is the substantive partner, selected two winners. Ewa Błaszczyk, the Founder and the President of “AKOGO?” Foundation, was awarded for helping people with serious neurological damage by giving them and their families comprehensive support, and for contributing to establishment of Budzik (Alarm Clock) pioneer Neuro-rehabilitation Clinic at the Children’s Memorial Health Institute. “I have a great role model at home and therefore I know that we can change our sad experiences into another person’s happiness,” said Marianna Janczarska, Ewa Błaszczyk’s daughter, who received the “Civic Leader of the Year 2016” statuette on behalf of her mother.
The “Civic Leader of the Year 2016” ex aequo award was won by Urszula Machcińska of kobiety.lodz.pl Association for popularization of volunteering and intergenerational cooperation as well as initiating and running the “Flying Grannies” project under which seniors support children, mainly ill or disabled contributing to their intellectual and emotional development.
Apart from these two, the Chapter has granted two special awards. First of them was received by Krystyna Starczewska, the President of the National Forum of Non-Public Education, the founder of the 1st Non-Public Comprehensive Senior High School in Warsaw at Bednarska Street, for many years of work for the benefit of non-public education in Poland, popularization of honoring the dignity and showing respect to every person attitude, as well as showing sympathy and sensitivity to others, and for teaching others how to act and think independently. The second special award went to Marina Hulia, a writer, teacher, civic leader, principal of the democratic school at the railway station in Brześć, for helping refugees, prisoners’ families, seniors and the disabled, as well as popularization of volunteering and involving others into social work.
The awards were presented by Tomasz Lis, Grzegorz Jędrys, Head of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation’s Representative Office in Poland and Paweł Łukasiak, President of the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland.
The competition refers to the Wisława Szymborska’s initiative of 1996, implemented by Jacek Kuroń and the “SOS SOCIAL ASSISTANCE” Foundation. The objective of the competition is to award the civic work in Poland and popularize the activity of individual people who as members of NGOs, informal groups or local government structures struggle with various social problems. The winners of the competition have been presented by Newsweek Polska weekly.
The Competition Chapter is composed of Jerzy Koźmiński, President of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation; Paweł Łukasiak, President of the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland; Renata Kim, head of the Society section of Newsweek Polska; Przemysław Radwan-Röhrenschef, Director General of the School for Leaders Foundation; Jan Kuroń, Jacek Kuroń’s grandson; Michał Rusinek, President of Wisława Szymborska Foundation; and Janina Ochojska, President of Polish Humanitarian Action.
The Gala made also an opportunity to honor the winners of the “Best Practices in Act Locally” competition.
Among the winning Act Locally Centers which did best with fundraising and opening new thematic paths are:
Dalkowskie Hills Agreement Foundation for good practice titled “Act Locally on Dalkowskie Hills”,
Niemodlinskie Forrest Partnership Association for opening the “Act Locally. Naturally” thematic path,
St. Anna’s Country Association for good practice titled “Good energy continuously returns”,
Generations Foundation for good practice titled “Regranting in common use”,
W.A.R.K.A. Vision Activity Entertainment Culture Alternative Association, for good practice titled “An idea for business – cooperation with local entrepreneurs in financing the grant recipients’ activities”,
SMK Local Fund Foundation for good practice titled “Local Initiatives 2016 Gala”,
Young People Together Płocki Land Local Fund for good practice titled “Act Locally – NGO and active local groups development in Płocki District”,
Keys Educational Forum Association for good practice titled “Regranting – a chance for local initiatives development”.
Another element of the Gala was presenting several Act Locally Centers with certificates. This way the group of certified ALCs has increased by Nidzica Local Fund, Science for Environment Foundation of Koszalin and Together Charity Association of Zelów and now has 24 members.
Also, winners of the “Tell me about …” competition for 2015 and 2016 received their awards. The objective of the competition is to encourage project participants to present their activities under the “Act Locally” Program in an attractive way.
In the 2015 edition of the “Tell me about…” competition the winners were:
• In the MAN category, the main prize in the amount of PLN 2,500 for a short film “Family means we” was received by The Initiating Group proposed by Cieszyn Creative Youth Association:
• In the PLACE category, no prize was granted. The Competition Committee decided that none of the submitted films met the “Tell me about…” competition requirements:
• In the MOTIF category, the main prize in the amount of PLN 2,500 for a short film titled “Come and paint the world” went to Live Colorfully group proposed by Inspiration Generator Foundation:
In this category the Committee also distinguished with a prize in the amount of PLN 1,000 a short film “Summer on a yacht” shot by Sail Sailing Club at Sokółka, proposed by Sokółka Local Fund Foundation:
• In the FILM PRODUCT OF THE PROJECT category, the main prize in the amount of PLN 2,500 for a short film: “Expand! EVERMORE…”, went to Hungry of Language group, submitted by Inspiration Generator Foundation:
The winners of the “Tell me about…” 2016 were:
• In a MAN category, the main prize in the amount of PLN 2,500 for a short film: “Gospel Music Workshops for everyone” was received by Friends of Gospel Music group proposed by Żywiec Development Foundation:
• In the PLACE category, the distinction in the amount of PLN 1,500 for a short film “Chestnut Avenue – mini educational path” went to Kłobuczyn Village Council, submitted by Dalkowskie Hills Agreement Foundation:
• The second distinction in the PLACE category, in the amount of PLN 1,500 for a short film “Educational Farm in Winiarczykówka”, was received by Teen Challenge Christian Social Mission, proposed by Orawa Development Association:
• In the MOTIF category, the main prize in the amount of PLN 2,500 for a short film titled: “We press the might”, went to the Fruitful Way group of Andruszkowice, proposed by Agricultural Production Promotion and Support Center of Sandomierz:
• 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 certificates for Act Locally Centers and prizes in the “Best Practices in Act Locally” competition and in the “Tell me about…” competition were presented by Kalina Grzeszuk-Zajączkowska, the PAFF Program Coordinator, and Paweł Łukasiak.
The host of the Gala was Paweł Oksanowicz, a radio journalist.
For over 16 years, the “Act Locally” Program has been supporting and activating local communities in rural areas and small towns through civic initiatives that stimulate developmental ambitions and quality of life improvement, as well as contribute to building the social capital. Over 8,600 projects with a value of over PLN 75 million have been implemented in cooperation with a network of 67 Act Locally Centers.