The CKI association was established as a result of cooperation between the community represented by the municipal self-government and local entrepreneurs. The association realised the project ‘Forge of Entrepreneurship’, managed local trust fund for business startups, promoted Krotoszyn companies’ products, organised local fairs and exhibitions. Another activity was to help the unemployed; these issues are dealt with ‘By fits and starts Work Agency’ and Work Club. The association, in partnership with Krotoszyn Municipality and Krotoszyn District Authorities, acquired an EU grant for a project entitled ‘The third sector to support local initiatives’ under the PHARE 2003 program ‘NGOs for Sustainable Development’, the implementation of which lasted until August 2006. The budget amount was directed to NGOs and helped to create the Coordination and Information Centre for NGOs (CKI). Under the CKI, two bureaus were opened: Project Office with advisers for EU-fund applicants and NGOs organisations and Krotoszyn Volunteering Centre. Another association – Krotoszyn ‘Amazons’ Club and Polish- Turkish Cooperation Society ‘Bosphorus’ found a place in CKI’s seat.
The aims of the association are, among others, to support the development of initiatives for activation, self-organisation and integration of local communities; to build local partnerships and alliances to solve key problems in the community; to activate local residents focused on the development of human capital, education, qualifications, public awareness to meet certain social, cultural, economical and sport tourismrelated needs; to contribute to the growth of economic competitiveness, entrepreneurship and the labour market etc.
Currently, the CKI pursues the project ‘Local cooperation opportunity for development’ under the open tender process announced by the Mayor of Krotoszyn. Office personnel are responsible for free information and advisory services to local representatives of the sector III and I, applying for grants, project management, or the registration of associations; running the CKI website, with up-to-date information about currently advertised programmes and contests to which one can apply for grants; assistance in completing applications for grants; assistance in the implementation of funded projects; organising informational meetings about the possibility of applying for grants, etc. The Association was also a partner in the project ‘From the circular letter to a mail’ implemented by the European Social Fund - Human Capital Operational Programme, Priority IX. Development of skills and competences in the regions; Measure 9.5 Bottom-up education initiatives in rural areas. The association carried out a project entitled ‘Plan your future’ an educational programme for low-income people from rural areas. The project was financed by the Rural Development Foundation. Together with the District authorities, they organised ‘Support for Third Sector Krotoszyn District’. This project was financed by the Fund for Civil Initiatives. Thanks to those funds, the Information Point for NGOs was opened, where NGOs can get free help and information on opportunities to acquire external funding (including from the European funds, foundations and organisations and public institutions supporting third sector activities, etc.), competitions and grant programmes; project preparation, filing of applications for grants and the implementation of funded projects; management of projects; creation and registration of new associations and foundations.
|Award category:||smart public service delivery|
|Sector:||Regional policy and development, decentralisation|
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|Keywords:||Coordination and information|
|Short English description:||The aims of the association for example are, among others, to support the development of initiatives for activation, self-organisation and integration of local communities; to build local partnerships and alliances to solve key problems in the community; to activate local residents focused on the development of human capital, education, qualifications, etc.|
|Level of government:||local level|
|Size of organisation:||1-25|
|Number of people involved:||1-5|
|EU membership:||EU member|