The “Grant Fund for Płock” Foundation invites non-governmental organizations as well as individuals and informal groups to submit applications for support for projects targeted at the inhabitants of Płock. As in previous years, the funds come from the Founders of the Foundation – PKN ORLEN and Basell Orlen Polyolefins and donations from the Levi Strauss Foundation. The upcoming edition is unique due to the connection of the conditions for granting grants with the implementation of the 2030 (SDGs – Sustainable Development Goals) Sustainable Development Goals announced by the United Nations.
The meeting concerning the rules for granting grants, combined with the presentation of sustainable development goals, took place at the Technician’s House in Płock. The ceremony was attended by special guests – Marta Ostrowska-Chałupa, Head of the Department of the Development Agenda 2030 from the Department of Economic Analysis of the Ministry of Enterprise and Technology and Tadeusz Joniewicz, project manager in the Responsible Business Forum. A nice touch of the meeting was also giving the management of the Grant Fund Foundation for Płock symbolic checks from the representatives of its founders, namely PKN ORLEN and Basell Orlen Polyolefins. On behalf of PKN Orlen, a check for 180,000 zł was handed over by Wioletta Kulpa, head of the Social Sponsoring Department of PKN ORLEN.On behalf of Basell Orlen Polyolefins, a check for 100,000 was given by Jacek Choroszewski, Human Resources Director in this company.
For the ninth time, the Grant Fund for Płock invited associations, foundations and non-governmental organizations not only from Płock, but also from all of Poland, who have an idea for projects which can help the inhabitants of Płock. NGOs can apply for grants of up to 25 thousand zł.
For the third time, local entrepreneurs and initiators of various social enterprises, who – being residents of Płock – do not belong to any organizations, can apply for money for the implementation of their ideas. They can be both individuals and informal groups who want to take action for their environment. Such projects can receive co-financing in the amount of up to 5,000 PLN
The aim of grant competitions, which are awarded by the Grant Fund in Płock for 15 years, is traditionally support for the activities of non-governmental organizations, individuals and informal groups, aimed at improving the quality of life of the inhabitants of Płock. The Grant Fund for Płock and its founders realize that global challenges, above all climate, but also economic and social, have reached the scale and level of complexity that we will not solve at the level of an individual or even a single organization. Therefore, as part of the competition, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be promoted by the United Nations, which Poland has committed – together with other UN member states – to accomplish this by 2030. Their implementation is an opportunity to ensure a better future for present and future generations. To achieve this goal, we must join forces, replace the primacy of individual interest with thinking in the category of global, universal priorities – change the optics from “my world” to “our world”. The projects co-financed under this year’s edition of the grant competition are also intended to serve this purpose.
The Grant Fund Foundation for Płock is a unique example of public-private partnership in Central and Eastern Europe. The founders of the Foundation are: PKN ORLEN, Basell Orlen Polyolefins and the City of Płock. The fund is also cyclically funded by the Levis Strauss Foundation. Thanks to the support and systematic cooperation of the founders, the Foundation has been financing and settling grants for Płock non-governmental organizations for 15 years. He also initiates his own projects that get into social niches. Last year, the Foundation was recognized as a good practice and a model for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Poland. The creators of the campaign promoting these goals have included it in the report “Partnership in practice. Review of activities “.
This document is the 15 most interesting, carefully selected good business practices and CSR, implementing SDGs, as well as the idea of partnerships, appreciated by the organizers of the 17/17 campaign. The official premiere of this publication took place during a conference organized by the Ministry of Development.
So far, the Fund for the Grant Fund for Płock has supported over 350 projects for Płock inhabitants with a total amount of over PLN 5 million. About 100,000 participants have taken part in them which repressents about 80% of the population of Plock.