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Global education 2014-2015. Regranting for NGOs.

The project is addressed to Polish non-governmental organisations that are looking for ways to raise money for their global education activities, and, through re-granting, also to the general public (including children, school pupils and their parents, academic staff, students, employees and volunteers working for non-governmental organisations) living in villages and towns populated by less than 500,000 people across the country.

Issues relating to global education are rarely included in formal education programmes, and ― in some areas ― in informal education programmes. They are practically unknown to adult generations of Poles. The solutions proposed in the project (i.e. activities addressed to NGOs) will help local communities, non-governmental organisations and schools learn more about global education. Thanks to the project organisations with little experience in the field of global education as well as those which have previously conducted such projects could receive funding for their inititives.

Global education 2014-2015. Regranting for NGOs.

The project was carried out from 10 May 2014 to 31 December 2015 and involved selecting and subsidising the best global education initiatives addressed to the general public, which will be carried out by non-governmental organisations in towns populated by less than 500,000 people.

Thanks to the project, organisations experienced in global education will have an opportunity to carry out their own initiatives and develop their own global education expertise. Organisations with less experience will obtain advisory and training support.

The non-governmental organisations that will take part in two editions of an open call for proposals for grants will be able to apply for grants of up to PLN 25,000. Approximately PLN 1m will be allocated to these grants. Information meetings for the applicants and meetings for the beneficiaries on how to implement contract provisions will be organised. The projects that have been selected will be monitored.

During the two years when the project will be implemented, training and advisory modules will be organised for organisations with little global education experience. These organisations will also obtain smaller grants that will be allocated based on closed calls for proposals. In 2014, the Education for Democracy Foundation is planning to organise a training and a call for proposals for grants of up to PLN 5,000. In 2015, the foundation will invite non-governmental organisations to participate in an introductory e-learning course about global education, as well as a traditional training. Next, it will launch a call for proposals for grants of up to PLN 10,000.

The following actions were part of the second module of the project, launched in the year 2015.

The project allowed organisations with global education experience to put in practice their own ideas and acquire the proper know-how. Less experienced organisations were offered support in the form of training and counselling while preparing the application and carrying out the project. The support was both technical (application drafting, carrying out of project activities, settlement of subsidies), and substantive (e-learning training introducing the topic of global education, training sessions and meetings aimed at extending the knowledge about global education and methods of implementing it).

In the 2015 edition of the open call for proposals NGOs could apply for donations of up to PLN 25,000. The applicants had an opportunity to attend information meetings, while grant recipients (applicants who won funding for their projects) were briefed on how to fulfil contractual provisions. The implementation of the selected projects was subject to monitoring.

Moreover, in 2015, as in the first module of the project, organisations with less experience of global education benefitted from advice and training, along with financial support in the form of smaller grants that were allocated in closed calls for proposals. In 2015 the Education for Democracy Foundation ran e-learning and stationary training introducing the topic of global education, and carried out a small grants contest for subsidies worth up to PLN 10,000.

The financing from the MFA funds ammounted to 650 000 pln in each year of the project's duration, and its annual value reached 659 900 pln.  

Global education 2014-2015. Regranting for NGOs.

For the purpose of promoting the project, Foundation has placed the information on website http://www.eg.edudemo.org.pl/ and social media profile of Foundation Education for Democracy (https://www.facebook.com/FundacjaEdukacjadlaDemokracji). Moreover, on 10 and 11 June 2014 in Warsaw and Katowice, two informational and consultant meetings took place, in which 34 people in total got acquainted with the rules of open grant call for proposals.

Open grant call for proposals was announced on 23 May 2014. During a month (until 23 June) 137 proposals were submitted, from which 133 were directed to content-related evaluation. Call for proposals’ commission granted the donation to 21 proposals for PLN 477 769 in total.

From 5 to 7 September 2014 a training about global education took place, which 16 participants were chosen from 69 applications. Within the scope of the training, Foundation organized a lecture and presentation “Global North and Global South – the processes of development”. All of the participants declared raise in knowledge about global education and graded the usefulness of the classes as good. The completion of the workshops enabled the participants to take part in closed small grants call for proposal.

In small grants call for proposal 10 proposals were submitted, from which commission chose 9. Projects were implemented from 20 October to 30 November 2014. The other participants of the training, who did not participate in the call for proposals, declared the intention to join the call for proposals in 2015. For financing the small grants PLN 44 200 was allocated in total.

The Foundation has granted participants of small grant call for proposals support in the process of carrying out and evaluating the projects through direct contact and 3 e-learning courses about intellectual property law in the internet, evaluation of the projects as well as settlements and reporting of the projects. Approx. 20 participants benefited from the trainings. Foundation carried out meetings for grant receivers of open (9 September 2014) and closed (27 October 2014) calls for proposals, during which they explained the rules of implementing and evaluating the project as well as quality in global education.

In October and November project implementer carried out 9 visits monitoring the process of project implementation. She stated that vast majority of the projects were held on a high level and expected results were achieved. Only two projects were graded as drifting away from the established criteria.

In total 30 project actions were implemented, in which approx. 10 500 Poles, who come from cities and town where there is less than 500 thousand inhabitants, participated. The descriptions of carried out projects are available in Polish on the website http://eg.edudemo.org.pl/poprzednie-edycje/zrealizowane-projekty.

The second module of the project was carried out between 1 January and 31 December 2015 by the Education for Democracy Foundation. It consisted in selecting and co-funding the best proposals of mini projects in the field of global education. Grants were addressed to organisations working in towns and cities of up to 500,000 inhabitants.

The project included an open and a closed calls for proposals (for participants of the training module only). A total of 130 project entries were received, of which 27 (designed by 26 NGOs) were awarded grants worth a total of PLN 498,285.21.

The co-funded measures helped to enhance the knowledge and awareness of the project’s beneficiaries (social organisations, children, young people, students, teachers, local communities, etc.) of global education. Furthermore, many direct beneficiaries of the project (NGOs) have developed their potential, which will affect the quality of projects undertaken by these organisations in the future.

As part of the information and advisory module, 2 information and instruction meetings were organized for grant beneficiaries (24 June and 16 September). The meetings discussed the rules of implementing projects and reporting on them (including the use of the CC BY licence, accountancy correctness), as well as the quality of global education. The training module consisted of 4 information and consultation meetings, e-learning, and stationary training.

The promotional website www.eg.edudemo.org.pl was run throughout the project. Project descriptions are available online at www.edudemo.org.pl/poprzednie-edcyje/zrealizowane-projekty.