Regional cooperation

Regional cooperation is understood as:

  • the cooperation between entities from Poland and entities from other Beneficiary States (Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia), that is 14 countries where the Active Citizen Fund is also implemented;
  • the cooperation between entities from Poland and entities from neighbouring countries (Ukraine, Belarus, Russia).

 
Under regional cooperation, the Programme consortium also takes part in joint initiatives aimed at fostering the development of civil society together with ACF Fund Operators from other countries.

Fostering regional cooperation between Poland and other Beneficiary States eligible for EEA Funds (Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia), as well as with the neighbouring states, i.e. non-EEA countries neighbouring on Poland (Belarus, Russian Federation, Ukraine), is one of the goals of the Active Citizens Fund – Regional programme. This is why we encourage our Polish Applicants to establish project partnerships with entities from those countries.

To further regional cooperation within the Programme we:

  • organise networking meetings and provide support to Polish CSOs looking for international project partners;
  • invite entities from Poland and other Beneficiary States, as well as form the neighbouring states to participate in events organized in Poland and abroad;
  • carry out initiatives aimed at strengthening civil society along with Operators of the Active Citizens Fund from other Beneficiary States.

 
We will inform about all regional activities and opportunities to participate in them on the Programme website and in our social media channels.

Project partnerships with entities from the Beneficiary States and the neighbouring states

In all calls for proposals within the Programme we welcome partnerships of Polish organizations with entities from other Beneficiary States eligible for EEA Funds (Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia), as well as with the neighbouring states, i.e. non-EEA countries neighbouring on Poland (Belarus, Russian Federation, Ukraine). Partners must share project values, actively participate in project preparation and implementation, and comply with the formal and legal requirements of the Programme.

The general rules for regional partnerships:

  • Eligible for being a partner to a project within regional partnerships are non-governmental organisations, public and private entities, non-profit and for-profit entities based in:
    other Beneficiary States eligible for EEA Funds (Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia),
    neighbouring states, i.e. non-EEA countries neighbouring on Poland (Belarus, Russian Federation, Ukraine).
  • There is no limit to the number of partners involved in one project. Any entity from one of theBeneficiary States or neighbouring states can be a partner to any number or projects within one call.
  • The involvement of Partners, their roles and tasks, must be confirmed in a written declaration. This document is required already at the stage of application submission. Once a grant is awarded, a partner agreement must be signed before the grant agreement is concluded. Both partnership declaration and partnership agreement should be prepared either in Polish, English or in bilingual form, providing that one of the languages used is Polihs or English.
  • All costs of the Partner participation and regional cooperation in the project must be included in the basic grant amount.
  • Funds for regional cooperation can cover:
    – personnel costs and indirect costs of the Partner,
    – project activities realized in the Partner’s state,
    – travel costs,
    – expenses related to Partner’s expertise used in the project.

 
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If you are interested in looking for a Polish partner, contact Ewa Stokłuska – bilateral and regional cooperation coordinator in the ACF-Regional programme, at ewa.stokluska@fed.org.pl or (+48) 720 801 013.