The aim of the Programme, planned for 2013-2016 is to strengthen civil society development and enhance the contribution of non-governmental organizations to social justice, democracy and sustainable development. The Programme, of a budget EUR 37 million, is financed from the Financial Mechanism of European Economic Area (the EEA Grants).
Within the Programme Polish non-governmental organisations may apply for grants either individually or as leaders of partnerships with other entities or informal groups from: Poland, the Donor States (Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway), 14 EEA/Norway grants Beneficiary States (Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia Spain), countries outside the EEA which border on Poland (Belarus, Ukraine, Russia) or with intergovernmental organisations.
Grants are available for: thematic projects, systemic projects and for developing bilateral cooperation.
Within thematic projects grants (in the amount of PLN 50,000-PLN 350,000) are offered
for activities aimed at:
- engaging citizens and civic organizations in public life – Civic participation
- civic monitoring of functioning of public institutions – Public scrutiny
- fighting xenophobia, homophobia, racism, anti-Semitism and all forms of discrimination – Combating discrimination
- extending the scope and forms of support for vulnerable groups at risk of social exclusion – Counteracting exclusion
- promoting civic attitudes and counteracting vulnerabilities, exclusion and marginalization of children and youth – Children and youth
Part of the Programme budget is reserved for funding systemic projects (grants in the amount of PLN 300,000 - 2 million) designed to develop and implement systemic solutions that will strengthen and enhance the quality of the overall non-governmental sector or its individual ‘subsectors’.
Organizations applying for thematic and systemic projects may use part of the grant for capacity building.
In order to foster bilateral cooperation between Poland and Donor States the Programme offers seed money grants for search of partners and development of partnership projects as well as micro grants for networking, exchange, sharing and transfer of knowledge, technology, experience and best practice between Polish organizations and entities from Norway, Liechtenstein and Island (the latter available only for organizations which have already received grants to implement projects from the Programme). Grants for initiating bilateral cooperation are available for entities from Poland and from Donor-States.
Calls for proposals for thematic projects are opened from September 1 – October 15, 2013, March 1 – April 15, 2014 and September 1 – October 15, 2014.
Applications for systemic project can be submitted from October 16 – November 15, 2013.
Applications for bilateral cooperation can be submitted on an ongoing basis beginning with September 1, 2013 – September 1, 2014 (for seed money) and since February 3, 2014 – December 1, 2015 (for micro grants).
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