The ENGAGE! project helps the internationalisation processes of organisations

An intensive 2 months of supporting various actors in building international partnerships are behind us. The deadline for submitting projects within the Interreg South Baltic Seed Money programme ended yesterday. This is a competition that allows you to win seed funding of €40,000 to develop cooperation with foreign partners in the South Baltic area.

Organisations that approached us as part of the International Cooperation Advice Bureau operating under the ENGAGE project received comprehensive support. A thorough project analysis took place, we verified needs, defined the profile of foreign partners and proceeded to build. That, in a nutshell, was the work of developing seed project proposals.

In the end, 6 applications were submitted and in each there is a present organisation working with the advice bureau and these are:

- Stowarzyszenie Inicjatywa Miasto is present in 3 projects of different themes

- Stowarzyszenie na Rzecz Rozwoju Spółdzielczości i Przedsiębiorczości Lokalnej WAMA-COOP

- Centrum Spotkań Europejskich Światowid

- Stowarzyszenie Media Dizajn is present in 2 projects of different themes

- Stowarzyszenie gmin "Polskie zamki gotyckie"

- Niepubliczna Placówka Oświatowo-Wychowawcza Akademia Sportów Wodnych "Grupa" Marcin Trudnowski

The results of the call will be known in February 2023.

We wish all the beneficieries of the ENGAGE! project to receive funding and implement their projects!

ENGAGE! project supports socially important ventures, workshops September 13-14.09.2022, Gdańsk

The ENGAGE! project provides many opportunities for third-sector entities. NGOs from Pomerania and Warmia and Mazury benefit from the project's activities. The last 2 days, September 13-14 this year, were particularly important for them, as they were titled "Get to know your neighbors". This is because the European Solidarity Center in Gdansk hosted a workshop organized by BISER with the participation of partners from Norway. Organizations from Poland and Norway acquainted participants with the profile of their activities, shared their knowledge and experience, and encouraged mutual cooperation. This is an important breakthrough in the life of these organizations. Spending time together established relationships and perhaps future cooperation, which we strongly hope for.

Organizations from Norway present at this activity are: Batteriet Sor, which helps beneficiaries develop and create something together with others. It is a center for support, self-help and advocacy. Vigour Komune, whose vision is to work through sports as a tool for integrating young and old. Razem/Sammen - selfless sharing of everything people need to make everyday life better.

ENGAGE! project. Co-creation warkshops for NGO's, 13-14.09.2022, Gdańsk

The ENGAGE! project opens another opportunity for the development of international cooperation of Pomeranian and Warmian-Masury NGOs. Already in September, on 13-14 in Gdansk (the exact place of the meeting will be announced later) will be held a co-creation workshop, the main goal of which is close cooperation of workshop participants and thus involvement in the creation process. Co-creation allows us to grasp multiple perspectives of the same problem and explore potential directions for their solution.

But this is not the only one benefit of these workshops. After all, representatives of NGOs from Norway - potential partners of emerging international projects - are invited to participate in them. A study visit for all participants is also planned during the workshop.

The workshop will be held in English.

The number of free places for this workshop is limited and the order of registration is important.

If you are interested in participating in the workshop, please apply here

Applications for participation: 12.08.2022

REMINDER! The project is implemented with a grant from the Active Citizens - National Fund funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Funds

Event of the South Baltic Interreg Programme, September 20-21, 2022, Gdańsk

Innovative, Sustainable, Attractive and Active South Baltic - these are the slogans accompanying the Interreg South Baltic 2021-2027 program.

The 2022 Annual Event will be held in Gdansk on September 20-21, along with a Kick-off of the new program perspective (the venue will be announced closer to the date of the event).

The event will summarize the 2014-2020 program perspective and inaugurate new perspective 2021-2027. It will also be an opportunity to celebrate the European Year of Youth and European Cooperation.

The event will summarize the 2014-2020 program perspective and inaugurate the 2021-2027 program perspective. It will also be an opportunity to celebrate the European Year of Youth and European Cooperation.

Information and preliminary agenda you can find here

We cordially invite to attend this event to all ENGAGE! project stakeholders who are taking their first steps in international cooperation, but also to those who want to continue the cross-border, transnational mission in their organization and plan to expand the circle of foreign partners!

Despite of the holidays, free time - save the date: September 20-21, 2022, Gdańsk!

ENGAGE! project - further successes of the international cooperation consultancy office and further activities

We can boast of more successes of the international cooperation advice office operating within the ENGAGE project! The list of projects funded by the Active Citizens - Regional Fund Program includes the "Green up" project consulted by our team. As a reminder, we would like to inform you that the international cooperation advice bureau operates under the ENGAGE! project, where our Association's team consults projects whose authors are Pomeranian and Warmian-Masurian NGOs. These consultations concern programs that finance projects for Baltic partners and create international cooperation.

The full name of the project is "Green up 2022-2024 - Youth for green change of schools and communities" combines both the non-governmental sphere (two Associations from Poland and one from Norway) with the local government sphere (ETP/Elbląg Municipality) supported by three local government units: Nowe Miasto Lubawskie, Braniewo, Dzierzgoń together with the education sector, i.e., school facilities located in the mentioned area. The first meeting of the project consortium was also held (read here), in which all partners participated.

The advice bureau has also been successful in developing another project funded by the South Baltic Seed Money program. This is the Health up project, which is currently in the process of developing a larger concept, based on a wide range of partners, including: Klaipeda University (Lithuania) - as leader, the Academy of Applied Medical and Social Sciences from Elblag, the Association of Municipalities of the Polish Euroregion Baltic, and the Spine Foundation from Olsztyn - the main originator of the project. A meeting of the partner consortium has already been held in Olsztyn and Elblag with the participation of all representatives deciding on the final shape of the whole project. The project will be submitted to the South Baltic program as part of the regular call for proposals this fall.

We would also like to draw your attention and at the same time encourage Representatives of NGOs from Pomerania and Warmia and Mazury to follow our news about the ENGAGE! project, because in September, on 13-14 in Gdansk, a very inspiring workshop in the field of co-creation will be held, the main feature of which will be the involvement of workshop participants in a creative way. September 13th will be a day of intensive learning, while a study visit will take place on the second day. We will post a link to this meeting on our website along with information about the meeting and will also send it out to organizations we consulted last year. Unfortunately, the NUMBER OF PLACES will be limited!

ENGAGE! - international cooperation advice office - encourages participation in the Culture Program of the 3rd edition of the EEA Funds - THE CALL COMING SOON

Within the international cooperation advice office, we encourage you to follow the information about the work on launching the call for proposals for the CULTURE PROGRAM 3rd edition of EEA FUNDS.

The opening call for the Small Initiatives Program under the Bilateral Cooperation Fund will take place soon!

The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, as the Operator of the Culture Program of the EEA Financial Mechanism for 2014-2021, informed on its website that work is underway to launch a new instrument to support bilateral initiatives.

We can read there:

"The primary objective of the instrument will be to enable long-term and broad cooperation between institutions from Poland and the Donor States (Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein). Moreover, taking into account the ongoing war in Ukraine and millions of refugees in Europe, the instrument shall aim at creating opportunities to include activities for the benefit of the Ukrainian minority.

The level of financing from the Bilateral Cooperation Fund will be up to 100% of eligible costs but not more than EUR 30,000. The minimum amount of the subsidy, in turn, is EUR 10,000. The call for applications will be announced in the September 2022 with a deadline for submitting applications at the end of the month. Initiatives may last up to 9 months; however, they must be concluded no later than October 31, 2023.

As part of Small-Initiatives, activities will be promoted small and local initiatives to increase the knowledge / specialization of partners on a previously agreed topic. Examples of action types are:

The call is open to entities from both Poland and the Donor States.

All Small-Initiatives must be implemented in partnership between a Polish entity and an entity from the Donor State.

Entities from Poland:

Entities from the Donor States (Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein):

All information will be available on the website: https://eogkultura.mkidn.gov.pl/pages/pl/aktualnosci.php in the Bilateral Cooperation Fund tab."

Information on the Programme Operator webside:

e-mail: fwd@kultura.gov.pl