NGO Block Grant
The NGO Block Grant contributes to the strengthening of civic participation in Poland, in order to support the role of the civil society as an important factor of the social and economic cohesion in the country. Active and competent NGOs can facilitate and increase the engagement and participation of citizens and contribute to the social cohesion.
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A recent analysis carried out shows that the Polish NGO sector counts about 73’000 entities of different legal forms (mainly associations and foundations) and plays a very important role in the public life and in fostering social and economic development. Despite this fact, it can be observed that the sector, as well as the Polish society in general, are touched by a democratic deficit and civic apathy problems. A study made by an umbrella organisation of the NGOs in Poland confirmed this concern. The NGOs lose their members, and the interest in supporting civil activities decreases among Polish citizens. This situation has an impact on the increase of economic and social disparities in Poland.
The first calls of this program in 2011 showed an overwhelming interest on the side of the NGOs and resulted in a high number of interesting proposals of good quality. This encouraging response initiated a second phase.
The Block Grant will allow to enhance civic participation in Poland, strenthening this way the civil society in Poland as an important participant in improving the social and economic cohesion of the country.
The Block Grant will also be an opportunity for small and local organisations often neglected.
230 new projects aimed at enhancing the involvement of citizen in local communities and implemented in the fields of civil education, control activities and participation in public policies.
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