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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 Activities – training and grants
    English Teaching Activities – training and grants
    Are you an English teacher or a local leader? Do you have an idea of a language project you ...
    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 Polish Children and Youth Foundation ("Equal Opportunities 2020")
    6 Kredytowa St. Ap. 20, 00-062 Warsaw
    tel./fax (48 22) 826-10-16
    e-mail: rownacszanse@pcyf.org.pl

    The Civis Polonus Foundation ("Equal Opportunities 2021")
    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 “Learning Schools” helps to learn
    The “Learning Schools” helps to learn
    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.
    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
     
    Andrew Nagorski at the School of Education
    Andrew Nagorski at the School of Education
    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.
    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
     
    “Projector – Student Volunteers” supports Ukrainian children
    “Projector – Student Volunteers” supports Ukrainian children
    Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine more than 2 million Ukrainian refugees ...
    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 intergenerational 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
     
    Become a PAFF Leader. Apply now!
    Become a PAFF Leader. Apply now!
    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.
    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
     
    Libraries for Ukraine – new website for libraries
    Libraries for Ukraine – new website for libraries
    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 ...
    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 natural environment in their local communities, and also 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 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.
    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
     
    The Lane Kirkland Scholarship Program for Ukraine
    The Lane Kirkland Scholarship Program for Ukraine
    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.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

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

    News
     
    “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
     
    The “Study Tours to Poland” Program supports Ukraine
    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.
    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

    News
     
    Over PLN 1.6 million for intervention projects
    Over PLN 1.6 million for intervention projects
    Under “Support for Ukraine”, the new program of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation, 59 ...
     
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    “When we were planning today’s meeting we didn’t expect it would be held in such dramatic external circumstances. (…) The war rocked our world but at the same time made us act in great solidarity with heroically struggling Ukraine. It impacted the lives and activities of all communities and institutions in Poland,” PAFF President and CEO Jerzy Koźmiński said in his welcoming address to the guests of “Act Locally and in Solidarity with Ukraine” meeting that took place in Warsaw on May 13.

    The event was attended by members of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation’s Board of Directors, representatives of Act Locally Centers, PAFF Local Partnerships from all over Poland, leaders of NGOs closely cooperating with PAFF and current Lane Kirkland Scholarships’ holders from Ukraine. The Special Guest was Dean of Sociology Faculty at the University of Warsaw, Professor Anna Giza, who spoke on the role of trust in building social capital.

    The purpose of the meeting was to honor the local and nationwide initiatives’ activists involved in the “ Civic Leader of the Year” competition, organized by the Newsweek Polska weekly, as well as in the “Act Locally” and “PAFF Local Partnerships” programs. And, the overarching expression of the meeting was to make clear our solidarity with the Ukrainian people fighting courageously against the Russian aggressor. It was in that context that in his welcoming address, Jerzy Koźmiński recalled that already by the end of February PAFF had redirected funds in most of its programs  toward assistance to Ukraine. This was accomplished, first of all in PAFF’s international undertakings under which almost 8,500 Ukrainian citizens have visited Poland since 2000. The PAFF President also spoke about the launching of “Support for Ukraine” – a new special program with a budget of PLN 4 million. He emphasized that “Act Locally” was the first and largest grant program of PAFF, with the important role played by a network of Act Locally Centers – organizations carrying out local grant competitions supporting various citizens’ initiatives in their areas. In this way they contribute to building and strengthening social capital. He also noted that Act Locally Centers became strongly involved in supporting Ukraine, and over the past two years they were very active in counteracting the pandemic. He recalled that the experience gained in the implementation of “Act Locally” was used in the “PAFF Local Partnerships” Program. Since 2009 participants of various PAFF’s programs have been establishing local coalitions that implement projects for the common good of their communities. Ambassador Koźmiński thanked all organizations and partners involved in those initiatives and, to begin with, the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland, the manager of both programs and substantive partner in the “Civic Leader of the Year” competition.  He also expressed profound solidarity and strong support for the Lane Kirkland Scholarships’ holders from Ukraine who were present at the meeting.

    Chairman of the PAFF Board of Directors, Andrew Nagorski, conveyed his great appreciation for Ukrainians’ determination and bravery in their fight against the invaders, and also for the Poles who, from the very first day of war, became intensively involved in assisting their eastern neighbors  whose country is facing such a great tragedy. “You opened both your hearts and houses for refugees from Ukraine. That’s a very humanitarian, important and noble gesture,” Andrew Nagorski said. He also noted that the huge role the Poles continue to play in supporting Ukraine has had a massive impact on the positive way Poland is being perceived in the world.

    The answer to the question of who a civic leader is was given by the co-host of the meeting, Tomasz Lis: “A civic leader is a person who wants to do something for his neighbors and community to make the world around us better.” In his speech the editor-in-chief of  the Newsweek Polska weekly  thanked all the activists and civic leaders. “It is worth looking at the efforts of people we are awarding today and those whom we awarded in the previous years. (…) All that you do is great promotion of social activity”, Tomasz Lis said.

    President of the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland, Paweł Łukasiak, pointed to the fact that the unique nature of “Act Locally” and “PAFF Local Partnerships” results, primarily, from their underlying values, including readiness to act , courage, empathy and social solidarity. “It is in the spirit of these values that more than 13,000 projects have been implemented in Poland over more than 20 years. (…) It facilitated establishment at the local level of strong and durable cooperation networks of volunteers, leaders, activists and local government representatives,” he said. He also noted that the power of that cooperation was particularly visible at the time of the pandemic and continues to be visible now, when Poles are so strongly involved in supporting Ukraine.

    During the meeting the winners of the “Civic Leader of the Year” competition, organized by the Newsweek Polska weekly, were announced. The competition refers to Nobelist Wisława Szymborska’s initiative of 1996, implemented by Jacek Kuroń and the SOS Social Assistance Foundation. Its objective is to award social activity in Poland and promote initiatives of individuals active in NGOs, informal groups and local governments who deal with social problems. The winners of the “Civic Leader of the Year 2021” are: Dominik Dobrowolski in the national engagement category, Mariusz Antolak, President of the „W Krajobrazie”(In the Landscape) Foundation in the local engagement category, and Sławomir Kaliński, President of the Novis Plus Foundation in social engagement category at the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. The competition jury also granted three special awards, going to: Janusz Bukowski – founder of the Dać Siebie Innym (Give Yourself to the Others) Foundation, Dorota Lisiak – President of the Baranówko Initiative Group Association and the Rescue Foundation. The Main Partner of the competition is the Polish-American Freedom Foundation, and the Substantive Partner – the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland.

    The event provided an opportunity to thank Act Locally Centers for their engagement in supporting Ukraine. For the especially large scale of activities assisting Ukrainian communities and war refugees, the Czajnia Association received a special prize of PLN 20,000 awarded by PAFF and the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland. The check was presented to Aleksander Jurzysta by the Chairperson of the PAFF Board of Director’s Investment Committee, Carla Skodinski.

    During the meeting the 7th round of the “PAFF Local Partnerships” Program was summarized as well. The most effective of those partnerships – the Initiative Group of Płużnicka Współdzielnia project – received a prize of PLN 20,000 which was presented to Justyna Jankowska and Małgorzata Ludwiżewska.

    Also, five grants of up to PLN 15,000 were awarded for the implementation of “enhancing projects”. They went to the following Initiative Groups: from the Gołdap commune for the “Culture for the space” project, from the Międzyrzecz commune for the “TV for sure” project, from the Niepołomice municipality for the “We Put Down Roots III” project, from the Orneta municipality for the “Social BOOM” project and from the Płużnica commune for the “Płużnicka Współdzielnia” project.  Grants of PLN 12,000 for continuation of the start-ups set up under the 7th round of “PAFF Local Partnerships” went to two Initiative Groups: from the Gaszowice commune for the “In the Old Pantry of baron von Roth” project, and from the Lądek Zdrój commune for the “What Do We Need? Let’s Continue To Act!” project.

    The event was closed with an “In Solidarity with Ukraine” recital by Aga Zaryan, the “Fryderyk” award holder, often honored with platinum and gold records, accompanied by her band.

    Host of the meeting was Grzegorz Nawrocki.

    Photo courtesy of the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland

    by Przemysław Zaroń
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