Equal Opportunities

The program was funded from donations provided by Polish and international corporate and individual donors from Poland and abroad, including Polish taxpayers who donate each year 1% of their income tax.

The aim of Equal Opportunities - run by the Foundation since 2000 till 2016 - was to develop a local scholarship system for secondary school students based on local community activity and resources. In this way we wanted to contribute to equalize the educational opportunities of children from urban and rural areas and help talented youth from low-income families.

The Foundation supported network of NGOs that run local scholarship programs addressed to secondary school students from their community. Each year, organizations participating in the program were offered grants which are disbursed on the condition the organizations present plans and operating principles of their scholarship programs and document possession of additional funding raised from other donors in the amount that will allow to match Batory Foundation’s grants on at least 1:1 proportion. Apart from the grants, we offered to organizations technical assistance in establishing and operating scholarship programs, as well as trainings on fundraising, cooperation with local partners, media, volunteers and scholarship recipients.

The scholarship funds operated on a basis of their own eligibility criteria developed by committees comprised of representatives of local community: non-governmental organizations, educational institutions, local governments, business circles and media. Scholarship grants approved and provided by these committees amount to EUR 25-60 per month. The students use them to buy handbooks and other learning aids, commute to school, pay for dormitory and extracurricular training, etc. The scholarship grant decisions usually depended on the candidates’ favorable grade performance, family income, involvement in work benefiting the local community, or other extracurricular achievements.

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