The Citizens for Democracy programme was implemented by the Stefan Batory Foundation in partnership with the Polish Children and Youth Foundation.
The programme was financed under the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism (EEA Grants).
A part of the EEA Grants was dedicated to supporting NGO Programmes aimed at the development of civil society and increasing the participation of NGOs in building social justice, democracy and sustainable development. The NGO Programmes placed special emphasis on horizontal concerns such as: hate speech, extremism and hate crime, racism and xenophobia, homophobia, anti-Semitism, tolerance and multicultural understanding, Roma, sexual harassment, violence against women and trafficking.
€ 37 million was allocated for the Citizens for Democracy programme, implemented from June 2013 to April 2017.
The basic form of operation of the programme was to make grants for projects implemented by non-governmental organisations. Grants were designed to: foster citizenship, promote democratic values, including human rights; develop advocacy and the watchdog role; empower vulnerable groups, promote the strengthened capacity of NGOs and an enabling environment for the sector, and developing bilateral relations with Donor States.
Under 6 calls for proposals 7,000 applications were submitted. A total of 630 grants worth PLN 134.5 million were awarded. 617 projects of a total value of PLN 131 million were completed. The projects were implemented by 667 Polish NGOs (leaders and their partners). Activities were carried out in 773 localities in Poland.
Additional activities were also carried out within the programme such as: workshops for non-governmental organisations, events that serve to increase networking with entities from Donor States, and experience sharing among organisations implementing projects supported by EEA Grants in Poland and the 15 other EU countries. Initiatives that aim to counteract hate speech, xenophobia and discrimination were also undertaken.
More information on programme & its results: www.ngofund.org.pl & poznaj.ngofund.org.pl