REGION IN TRANSITION (RITA)
 „Ambasadorzy Przemian w Regionie” spotkali się po raz trzynasty
“Ambassadors of Transitions in the Region” met for 13th time

Almost 60 representatives of Polish NGOs carrying out projects in cooperation with their partners from Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan took part in the 13th meeting of “Ambassadors of Transitions in the Region”; it is organized every two years for managers of projects subsidized under the “Region in Transition” (RITA) Program.

Andrew Nagorski gościem spotkania „Ambasadorzy Przemian w Regionie”
Andrew Nagorski was a guest at the “Ambassadors of Transition in the Regions” meeting

The meeting of the “Ambassadors of Transition in the Regions” within the “Region in Transition” (RITA) Program took place in Warsaw on June 6-7, 2014. The special guest at the event was Andrew Nagorski, Chairman of the PAFF Board of Directors who gave a lecture on Poland-East-US relations in the last 25 years.

Z pomocą dla Ukrainy
Aid for Ukraine

In response to the events in Ukraine, in February 2014 the staff of the "Education for Democracy" Foundation and the "Study Tours to Poland" Program launched a campaign of support for the victims and the oppressed at Euromaidan.

The program, launched in 2000, is addressed to non-governmental organizations and educational institutions willing to share Poland's experiences of social and economic transformation with partners from other Eastern European countries, the Caucasus and Central Asia.

The program’s open grant competitions award grants to Polish non-governmental organizations for projects designed to share Polish experiences, especially in building civil society, strengthening social activities, promoting local government transformation, reforming education, and functioning of the free media. The maximum grant amount is USD 12,500. About 40 grants are awarded annually.

Under the program, it is possible to apply for small travel grants which may be earmarked for project consultation before it is submitted, strengthening cooperation with a partner organization or evaluation of an implemented project. As part of a special path the “RITA” program grants may be used for co-financing a larger project for which a given organization has been awarded a grant from other sources – Polish or foreign. However, such projects must comply with the “RITA” program’s objectives as well as geographic and thematic areas of operation.

Additionally, the program offers Polish NGOs and schools training opportunities and experts’ support as well as assistance in establishing contacts and developing cooperation with foreign partners. Every two years, the meetings of the “RITA” program grant recipients, named “Ambassadors of Transition in the Regions”, are held. They serve integration of the Polish non-governmental organizations operating abroad and experience sharing on the subject of international cooperation. The social networking site www.civicportal.org which facilitates information-sharing between organizations and civic leaders is also available. The portal is also an e-learning platform offering training to Polish and foreign NGOs.

The main grant competition is announced twice a year. Applications can be submitted by mid- March and by mid-October. Applications for travel grants and subsidies for larger projects are accepted on an on-going basis until the funds set aside for these activities are exhausted.

In the years 2000-2016 a total of 950 projects were subsidized.

The Foundation has disbursed $13,085,180, including $1,055,968 for the current edition of the program.
 

Program Manager:

The Education for Democracy Foundation
9/11 Nowolipie St., 00-150 Warsaw
fax (48 22) 635-40-06, e-mail: rita@fed.org.pl
"RITA" website: www.programrita.org

www.civicportal.org

 

Responsible within PAFF:

Renata Koźlicka-Glińska (Program Director),

in cooperation with

Agnieszka Mazur (Program Officer)