Swiss Contribution ECORYS Polska EUROREGION

AIM

The basic aim of the Fund for Non-governmental Organisations  is to support of civil society development in Poland, which lies with the citizens - aware of their rights and obligations, engaged for the common purpose and responsible not only for themselves, but also for the community with which they are connected through the place of residence. Support underthe Fund will be awarded for activities of non-governmental organisations directed at increasing the active participation of citizens in the public life.

Activities under the Non-Governmental Organisations Fund should be aimed at:

  • drawing society’s attention at the local and regional level towards the role of civic activity in solving problems of local communities,
  • promoting paticipatory model of democracy,
  • devalopment of civic activities and attitudes through disseminating knowledge on the rights and obligations of citizens and equal rights of both genders,
  • promoting the rule of law, especially the constitutional rule of the democratic state,
  • promoting the citizens and NGOs to join the public life,
  • encouraging the citizens and NGOs to engage in social control of public institutions of the local and central level,
  • improving of the already existing and/or creating innovative solutions aimed at supporting democratic processes and development of the civic society,
  • exchange of experience in solving local, regional and central problems.

AREAS

The submitted projects should concern the following focus areas:

1. Civic education – under this area, the following fields of activity can be supported:

  • Educational activities concerning election rights of the electorate (excluding the running of election campaigns and party electioneering), as well as those aiming to increase awareness of civil rights
  • consumer education,
  • campaigns and information/educational programmes regarding the enhancement of civil activity
  • creation of tools, including IT, which make it possible to enhance citizen participation (e.g. specialised Internet portals independent from public authorities used for making the public information available or encouraging public mobilization),
  • information/educational programmes directed to NGO leaders actively supporting civil participation,
  • activities aimed at increasing knowledge and developing of abilities in the area of cooperation in various organizational forms,
  • programmes supporting the development of civil attitudes among children and youth, including aimed at the development of students’ local government and encouraging the involvement of young people in activities for the local environment
  • programmes aimed at reinforcing the confidence in the public institutions and shortening the distance between the citizens and the public institutions.
  • civil advisory – activities as well as advisory and information programmes aiming at civil education in the scope of their civil rights and ways of their accomplishment.

2. Control activities - under this area the following fields of activity areas can be supported:

  • activities aimed at reinforcing and promoting democratic instruments and procedures concerning social control of activities of the authorities and public institutions,
  • civic monitoring of activities of public administration at the central and local level,
  • social initiatives in the field of anti-corruption activities, access to public information and civic journalism,
  • monitoring and reviewing public administration and political environments in the field of implementing citizen participation activities,
  • monitoring of election promises at the central and local level.

3. Participation in public policies - under this area the following fields of activity areas can be supported:

  • promotion and participation in social consultations, including both, institutions and single citizens,
  • creation and dissemination of good practice in the field of citizen participation – techniques for organisation of debates, referendums, petitions, deliberations, legislative initiatives, public hearings, etc (excluding election campaigns),
  • civil activities in the field of assessment of quality of functioning of public administration (social audit) and increasing so called responsiveness of activities of public administration,
  • projects aimed at increasing citizens’ participation in formulating and implementing public policies, including programmes for supporting activities of youth in public life, implementation together with public administration,
  • creating participation mechanisms and advocacy for omitted groups or faintly represented in public debate (e.g. elder persons, underprivileged persons, the disabled, immigrants, etc.).

According to the Polish-Swiss Cooperation Programme Guidelines, one of the tasks of the Fund for Non-Governmental Organisations is also institutional development of organisations, reinforcement of their effectiveness and increase in their scope and skills.  Apart from the above mentioned issues, implementation of projects can include activities focused at activating or expanding the base of members, and reinforcement of democratic procedures within the organisation, as  well as increase of NGO representatives' competence in the field of formal participation in consultancy and monitoring procedures.

Activities reinforcing NGOs' institutional skills will include trainings, specialist consultations, counselling, increase of the quality of services for correct and effective project implementation or development of long-term operational strategies.  The above activities, together with management costs, can cover only 30% of the project value and will have to support and serve reaching main goals and the project subject, that are activities in civic participation.

HORIZONTAL ASPECTS

Activities implemented under the Fund for Non-Governmental Organisations should also cover the following horizontal aspects:

  • sustainable development integrating the environmental, economic and social development, that is the right to satisfy the needs and development aspirations of the current generation, without handicapping the ability to satisfy the needs and aspirations of the futute ones,
  • equal opportunities based at reducing inequalities and fighting all displays ofdiscrimination, including ones due to age, gender, nationality, race, sexual orientation and disability,
  • good management that defines participation of a wide group of partners in the decision making process and is based at including the basic rules of good governance in the general project management made by the Applicant and the Partner.

ACTIVITIES NOT SUBJECT TO FINANCING

Fincing under Priority 1 and 2 of the Block Grant cannot be given for:

  • activities including relief (including direct social and living aid),
  • activities aimed at financing only current expenses connected with the Applicant's business,
  • acties based on further reimbursement of received resources - re-granting (transferring received resources or their part to other entities)
  • projects where the Applicant is not the receiver of the grant,
  • projects where the owner of products purchased under them (including equipment or utensils) is not the Applicant
  • on-going or already completed projects,
  • commercial activities (implemented for profit),
  • political activities (connected with a form of political campaigning, organising election campaigns or promoting activities of a specific organisation of political party and organisations that support them)
  • religious activities (connected with religious cult or priesthood),
  • commercial activities (aimed at making profit),
  • investment activities – including all purchases of equipment and other assets, as well as accessories, renovations and adapting rooms above the set limit.

RESOURCES

16,7 milion CHF were assigned for Priority 1 under the Block Grant. As a result of assigning an additional amount of resources for the Block Grant in June 2012, the amount was increased to over 26,2 milion CHF.

Grant amount for projects in Priority 1 can amount from 10 000 CHF to 60 000 CHF ('small' projects) or to 250 000 CHF ('large' projects).

The maximum amount of a grant amounts up to 90% of total eligible costs of the project. Beneficiaries are obligated to co-finance at least 10% of total eligible costs of the project.

Schedule of calls and allocation of resources are shown in the table below:

 

Edition no.

Opening the call for proposals

Amout of allocation in Swiss Francs

 

Large projects

Small projects

Large projects

Small projects

I

I quarter 2011

II quarter 2011

3 614 990

1 781 650

II

IV quarter 2011

II quarter 2012

8 292 083

2 898 812

III

III quarter 2012

I quarter 2013

7 120 143

2 504 605

 

 

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