The Microgrants programme involves the joint organisation of projects, thanks to which everyone can implement their idea for cultural activities directed mainly to local communities. The programme was launched in 2014 as part of the city’s preparations for the European Capital of Culture 2016 celebrations. Since then, 15 editions have taken place and 122 projects have been successfully completed.
It is particularly important for us to support residents, for whom their projects are a début in the role of leaders, coordinators, animators, educators, activists and creators of their own bottom-up initiatives. The programme is open to adult individuals, as well as informal groups of individuals with an adult representative. Together, we co-organise initiatives that have a cultural, social, bond-forming or artistic dimension, such as workshops, meetings, events, urban games, etc. The maximum amount of financial support for a single project is 5,000 PLN gross. In addition to this amount, organisers can count on our support in matters that may be problematic for them, such as administrative, legal, logistical or promotional activities.
Microgrants are geared towards education and development of skills related to active impact on the local community, transfer of knowledge and building competencies of people who make their first steps in the field of project implementation, as well as those already active in that field. It is important for us to promote decentralisation in the spatial, institutional and organisational dimension, as well as the use the functional and spatial potential of the Wrocław neighbourhoods. We try to persuade the residents of the city to implement their initiatives in their immediate local environment, outside the Old Town. We actively build networks of cooperation between different social actors and map initiatives with common goals, covering similar activities in different or the same areas of the city.
In 2017, two new initiatives were launched, which allow for implementation of the above objectives and building communities of local heroes:
The Microgrants Academy is a three-month series of workshops and lectures for the residents of Wrocław debuting as coordinators, animators, educators and activists. During weekly meetings with specialists with extensive experience in working on local social initiatives they learn about surveying and describing the needs of their target group, creating a well-planned schedule and clear budget, adjusting the types of activities to the place where the projects will be implemented, reaching potential participants in an effective manner, sharing the results of the initiative, and planning another edition after efficiently settling the previous edition.
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