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.
By February 28 the projects can be submitted to the “Support for Ukraine” PAFF grant program. ...
The most interesting local activities awarded
The most interesting local activities awarded
Representatives of several dozen organizations participating in the Polish-American Freedom Foundation's “Act Locally” Program managed by the Academy for Development of Philanthropy in Poland met at the Freta Gallery in Warsaw on October 23rd, 2012. They summed up their last year local activities. In the second part of the event, the “Civic Leader of the Year” award was presented.
The “Act Locally” is the Polish-American Freedom Foundation’s program managed by the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland since 2000. Its objective is to assist and encourage local communities by lending support to civil initiatives that help solve local problems and stimulate new aspirations among communities in small towns and villages as well as to develop their social capital. During the gala, the 2011 grant competition, which is a part of the present 7th edition of the Program, was summed up.
At present, the “Act Locally” Program is the only nationwide undertaking under which grants are awarded at the local level. Through the network of Act Locally Centers (the Program partners) which now covers 540 communes, the inhabitants’ initiatives stimulating local activity are co-financed. Only in 2011, thanks to 661 grants awarded by the Act Locally Centers, various initiatives benefitting small communities, with participation of almost 14,000 volunteers, were implemented. Almost PLN 2,4 million was allocated for the implementation of the Program. The total value of implemented projects amounted to over PLN 5 million, due to additional contribution of local organizations and informal groups. From the Program’s inception, more than 5,300 projects were co-financed, for the total amount of PLN 23 million.
Thanks to the grants obtained through the Program in 2011, the members of small communities could organize various activities such as bike tours, craftwork classes for the disabled, family field games or set up the multigenerational brass band that plays concerts for hospital patients. Colorful graffiti decorated the gray walls of the Sports and Recreation Center and numerous musical and artistic workshops were held. The projects also included the Volunteer Fire Brigade units training courses in first aid, which were organized for children, youth and adults.
During the gala meeting, the winners of the ‘Tell about…’ competition addressed to those implementing the co-financed projects were presented with the awards. The purpose of the competition is to encourage the participants in the projects to look for attractive ways of communicating and promoting their activities. The Competition Commission awarded one main prize and distinctions in each competition category – the Man, the Motive and the Place.
In the “Man” category the main prize went to the ‘Nature’ Agro-tourism Association of the Cieszyn Region from Koniaków for the “Countrywoman and the sticks’ movie; the distinctions were awarded to: ‘Let’s Do Something Together’ Informal Group from Książenice for the ‘The Man from the forest’ multimedia documentary, and the Association of the Krobia Region from Krobia for the ‘Dog’s life not necessarily must be tough’ multimedia documentary.
In the “Place” category the main prize was presented to the Volunteer Fire Brigade from Łodygowice for ‘Don’t be indifferent – Save human life’ multimedia documentary. The distinctions were awarded to: Noodles Stage Association from Biłgoraj for ‘Biłgoraj graffiti – Let’s paint it together’ movie and the Volunteer Fire Brigade from Skuły for ‘Save from oblivion – Let’s remember about those killed in action’ movie.
In the “Motive” category the main prize went to StronieArt from Stronia Śląskie for ‘The small commune with a big talent’ movie, while the distinctions were awarded to: the ‘Activists’ Informal Group under the patronage of the District Center of Culture in Chybie for the ‘Autumn fashion factory’ movie; the Civic Information Office for ‘Let’s help citizens by citizens’ movie and ‘Let’s Do Something Together’ Informal Group for the ‘Książenice. Neighbors for neighbors’ multimedia documentary.
During the second part of the meeting, the results of the Newsweek Polska Competition for the title of the Civic Leader of the Year 2011 were announced. The purpose of the competition is to award civic activity in Poland. The competition promotes individuals acting for the common good of local communities in NGOs, informal groups formed around NGOs and self-government bodies. The Polish-American Freedom Foundation is the Main Partner and the Academy for Development of Philanthropy in Poland is the Strategic Partner of the competition. The Civic Leader of the Year 2011 title went to Reverend Father Jacek Stryczek who, together with his “Spring” Association, carries two actions: ‘Noble Parcel’ and the ‘Academy of the Future’.