Since the end of November 2011, Polish embassies and consulates accredited to developing countries can present their proposals for development projects (project applications) to the Department for the Implementation of Development Programmes of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Development projects submitted by Polish diplomatic missions within small grants scheme are implemented in co-operation with their local partners (local non-governmental organizations, public institutions, local authorities and Catholic missions). These partners present their proposals to the Polish embassy having jurisdiction over their place of residence. The Polish diplomatic missions then select the most valuable initiatives and submit them to Department for the Implementation of Development Programmes of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The purpose of development projects, implemented as small grants, is to improve the living conditions of socially disadvantaged groups and to create better prospects for the future. They include both small-scale investments in infrastructure (the so-called “hard projects”, e.g. renovating buildings, building wells or buying equipment) as well as various forms of training for the local community (the so-called “soft” projects).
Project applications for small grants in 2012 should correspond to Poland’s Development Co-operation Plan Implemented Through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland in 2012 which determines:
• the subject matter and the objectives of submitted proposals i.e.: the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and support for democratic processes
• financial resources allocated to each region/country.
Polish diplomatic missions can submit development projects proposals via the Polish Aid website until 15th January 2012. Local institutions and organizations that are interested in co-operating with Polish diplomatic missions should first contact the embassy having jurisdiction over their place of residence on order to obtain further information.