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Poland (PL05)

Key Facts

Strengthened civil society development and enhanced contribution to social justice, democracy and sustainable development
Programme operator:
Stefan Batory Foundation
Donor programme partner:
Programme number:
Date of approval:
20 June 2013
In implementation
Total grants amount:
€ 37,000,000.00
From EEA Grants:
€ 37,000,000.00
From Norway Grants:
Programme areas:
PA10 - Funds for non-governmental organisations
The projects may be implemented until 2016/2017

Calls for proposals

There are no further calls for proposals.

More information

Programme website Overview of projects Programme Agreement EEA Grants Poland country page

Programme Agreements, including annexes, are published on the website as signed. Any subsequent amendments are not reflected.


Programme Summary


Why is the programme needed?
The Polish Civil Society Support Strategy 2009-2015 notes that while positive developments within civil society can be seen in recent years, challenges are rising as more complex issues in society need to be addressed. The Public Benefit Works Council in Poland following broad stakeholder consultations in 2012 specifically points at the need to further promote active citizenship, strengthening democratic mechanisms, human rights, social inclusion and systemic solutions to ensure an enabling environment for the NGO sector.

What will the programme achieve?
The Programme will support the development of a dynamic, active and well-structured civil society capable of effectively addressing citizens’ needs and democratic concerns. The Programme will make a positive contribution to democracy and human rights, civic participation, combating discrimination and countering exclusion. The Programme will tackle horizontal concerns such as hate speech, extremism, racism, homophobia, anti-Semitism, tolerance/multicultural societies, Roma, sexual harassment, violence against women and trafficking.

How will it be achieved?
The Programme aims to support around 600 projects in the following thematic areas: 
• Civic participation - engaging citizens in public life, increasing participation in public policy making and decision-making on issues that are relevant at local and national level. This will be achieved through approximately 50 mechanisms fostering dialogue between citizens, civil society and local/national institutions that shall be set in place and around 60 public institutions that will cooperate and consult citizens and NGOs on their decisions.
• Public scrutiny - focusing on measures aimed at improving good governance, transparency and citizens trust in public institutions. The Programme targets to ensure that 100 NGOs shall be involved in monitoring and advocacy activities and 100 public institutions shall be subject to public scrutiny.
• Combating discrimination - promoting and protecting human rights, fighting homophobia, racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and discrimination on all grounds. Over 120 NGOs shall be promoting democratic values, including human rights and approximately 90 NGOs shall particularly focus on the promotion of tolerance, prevention of extremisms and conflicts related to minority groups.
• Counteracting exclusion - extending the scope and types of services provided to vulnerable groups at risk of social exclusion and engaging these groups in the decision-making processes. Approximately 30 NGOs shall use participatory approaches to engage vulnerable groups and children and youth at risk and 60 new services shall be provided by NGOs to vulnerable groups.
• Children and youth: promoting education to children and young people on human rights and civic attitudes, fighting children and youth discrimination, exclusion and marginalisation. Over 15% of the  programme allocation will target children and youth.

The Programme shall also support projects in systemic areas which aim to strengthen the NGO sector capacity overall. 175 NGOs shall be supported within these areas and approximately 3000 NGOs are estimated to benefit the results of all systemic projects.

Support is provided through at least four open calls to be launched in 2013 and 2014.  

The Fund Operator (FO) is the Stefan Batory Foundation in partnership with the Polish Children and Youth Foundation.

How will bilateral relations be strengthened?
Funding for bilateral activities aims to increase cooperation between NGOs in Poland and the donor countries, improve knowledge and mutual understanding and share results. The bilateral funds will be used to support the search for partners for donor partnership projects, know-how transfer, networking and exchange between project promoters and entities in the Donor States.
What are the partnership opportunities?
The Programme expects to achieve at least 10 partnership agreements at project level and around 50 initiatives benefiting from cooperation with the donor countries.

Who can apply for funding under this programme?
Eligible applicants are NGOs established in Poland, defined as “non-profit voluntary organisations established as a legal entity, having a non-commercial purpose, independent of local, regional and central government, public entities, political parties and commercial organisations. Religious institutions and political parties are not considered NGOs.”