polandflag Active Citizens Fund 2014-2021

Total allocation: €809,3 million
Allocation to Active Citizens Fund - National: €30 million

Allocation to Active Citizens Fund - Regional: €23 million 

More information on the fund in the 2014-2021 period to become available on an ongoing basis.

See the EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021 fact sheet for Poland.


NGO Programme 2009-2014
Total allocation: €578.1 million
Allocation to NGO Programme: €37 million

From Klon/Jawor Association research we know that in Poland there are registered about 80 000 NGOs (11 000 foundations and 72 000 associations). Most of the organizations (55%) are regional ones, working in their nearest neighbourhood.

Twenty eight percent of organizations is working on national level and about 10% on international. 38% of organizations in Poland is working in the area of sport, truism, hobby and entertainment. In culture and art is working about 17% of NGOs, 14% in education and 6 in health care, another 6 %in social care and 5 % in local development. Additional 14% of organizations is working in other areas. Almost half of organizations working in Poland do not have any assets. 45% of organizations do not hire or pay for the entire work that is being conducted within its activities. More than half of organizations use help of the volunteers. Polish NGOs are not very rich (36% of them have budgets between 2500 and 25000 Euro). Recently there is a clear trend for Polish organizations to reach out to other organizations, public institutions and private sector. Around 84% of all NGOs cooperate with others.

The overall objective of the program is to strengthen civil society development and enhanced contribution to social justice, democracy and sustainable development. Projects supported within the Programme
A. Thematic projects
  1. Civic participation - activities designed to engage citizens in public life, increase participation in public policy making and decision-making on issues relevant to neighbourhoods, communities, cities and the whole country
  2. Public scrutiny – activities aimed at public scrutiny of functioning of public institutions and institutions of public trust, improving their transparency and compliance with good governance
  3. Combating discrimination – initiatives designed to protect human rights / women rights, prevent and fight xenophobia, homophobia, racism, anti-Semitism and all types of discrimination on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation
  4. Counteracting exclusion – initiatives aiming at extending the scope and forms of support for vulnerable groups at risk of social exclusion and engaging these groups in decision-making with regard to the most relevant forms and methods of service provision
  5. Children and youth – initiatives aiming at the promotion of civic attitudes and application of civil rights in daily life, increasing alertness to intolerance and discrimination and counteracting vulnerabilities, exclusion and marginalisation of children and youth 
  • Eligible Applicants: Polish NGOs, particularly foundations and associations, individually or as leaders in partnership with other entities
  • Grants: PLN 50,000 – 250,000 [ca EUR 12,500 – 62,500] for individually implemented projects and up to PLN 350,000 [ca EUR 87,500] for projects implemented in partnership
  • Calls for Proposals: three open calls held every six months
  • Total Allocation: EUR 26.5 million
B. Systemic projects
Activities designed to develop and implement systems and policies that will enhance the quality of the non-governmental sector or its individual 'subsectors'.
  • Eligible Applicants: Polish NGOs, particularly foundations and associations, individually or as leaders in partnership with other entities
  • Grants: PLN 300,000 – 1.5 million [ca EUR 75,000 – 375,000] for individually implemented projects and up to PLN 2 million [EUR 500,000] for projects implemented in partnership
  • Call for Proposals: one open call
  • Total Allocation: EUR 6.2 million
Bilateral Cooperation
The purpose of bilateral cooperation component is to facilitate networking, exchange, sharing and transfer of knowledge, technology, experience and good practices between Polish non-governmental organizations and entities from Donor State (Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway).

In order to facilitate the process of partnerships creation, we plan to organize matchmaking events (workshops, study trips, or combinations of both) for organizations from Poland and entities form Donors States which want to implement partnership projects. Micro-grants will be provided to support partnerships creation and development.

A. Searching for partners
Organisations from Poland and entities from Donor States which would like to implement a partnership project will be able to apply for funds designed to search for a partner, establish contact, work on the project concept and develop jointly an application for partnership project.
  • Eligible applicants: Polish NGOs and Donor States entities 
  • Grants: up to 12,000 EUR 
  • Applications submission: on-going 
B. Networking
Polish NGOs implementing partnership projects with entities from Donor States will be able to apply for funds designed to continue, deepen and enhance their partnership. Polish NGOs which do not implement partnership projects will be able to apply for additional funds designed to involve representatives from Donor States into their activities carried out as a part of the approved projects.
  • Eligible Applicants: Polish NGOs which received a grant for project's implementation
  • Grants : up to 16,000 EUR
  • Applications submission: on-going
Call for proposals  
1st call: September 2013
2nd call: March 2014
3rd call: September 2014 
Programme operator
Stefan Batory Foundation
Resources and more information
Website of the Polish NGO Programme
Latest news on Poland
Further information EEA Grants in Poland