Melbourne Model Pilot
The Grant Fund for Plock

Context

The Grant Fund was established in 2003. Its objective was to help in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Strategy for the Town of Plock, adopted by the Municipal Council. The Strategy had been formulated in result of public consultations carried out with the participation of representatives of NGOs, local administration, local business, and other local institutions. It was intended to dynamize the development of Plock and to improve the quality of life of the local population.

The partners that took part in the program were the Office of the Town of Plock, PKN Orlen, Levi Strauss, and the UNDP, which fulfilled the role of a moderator and administrator of the project.

Themes

Learning Cities


Objectives

  • Capacity building in the three sectors (business, local authorities, NGOs) for the implementation of sustainable development in Plock

  • Financial support for the NGOs and informal groups that, carrying out their own social projects, fulfil the tasks listed in the Sustainable Development Strategy for the Town of Plock

  • Promotion of corporate social responsibility among the entrepreneurs operating in Plock

  • Creation of favourable environment for the building of cross-sectoral cooperation and public dialogue

  • Combat against social exclusion (promotion of community cohesion)


Strategies

To support the activities that improve the quality of life for Płock citizens.


Actions

  • Organization of the Fourth Edition of the Grant Fund (up till now there were three editions of the Grant Fund – in 2003, 2004, and 2005); and
  • Changing the legal status of the Grant Fund – establishing the Foundation

The activities of the Grant Fund chiefly consisted of the offering of funds to the organizations that would deserve jury’s approval in competitions for the most interesting social projects. The jury members were representatives of the Plock community, enjoying outstanding prestige in that area. On the one hand, such a solution is a sign of socialization of the decision-making process; on the other hand, it makes it possible to combine the knowledge of local needs with the independent expertise of advisers from UNDP. The prize-wining organizations should effectively acquire funds for their necessary contribution to the implementation of the ideas proposed and the actions to be taken within the projects must be in line with the Sustainable Development Strategy. The project objectives included the promotion and development of the third sector in the Plock area; therefore, the latest (i.e. the 3rd) edition of the competition for grants was also opened for informal student groups, likely to give rise to new NGOs in future.

Another area of activity of the Grant Fund was the strengthening of the Plock NGOs and development of voluntary service. Training in the field of project management, creativity, acquisition of funds for the conducting of activities, and finance management was aimed at the raising of professionalism of the associates and foundations in the Plock area.



Results

Three editions of the competition for grant were run and this has been met with increasing interest of the Plock NGOs. Most of the grant money was awarded for culture, education, and social assistance projects.


Future plans and actions

The third edition of the Grant Fund’s competition was the last one carried out with participation of the UNDP. According to the project design, a statute of a new organization that would take over the tasks of the Grant Fund for Plock and that would be fully managed by local entities was prepared at the end of 2005. The activities of the foundation was closely related to the implementation of the Updated Sustainable Development Strategy for the Town of Plock.