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About the Fund
POP Fund (Polish Organizations Pooled Fund) is a new funding modality to support programs targeting the refugees and asylum-seekers in Poland, as well as the host communities. A Pooled Fund is a modality with an established track record in other humanitarian crises, where contributions of several donors are used to finance programs submitted through open calls for proposals. The unique feature of the POP Fund is that it would be predominantly funded by private and corporate donors.
Structure, procedures, deadlines
Two calls for proposals are planned per year. Organizations that apply must be formally registered in Poland. Details in autumn 2023.
The Steering Committee
The Fund is managed by a Steering Committee, which includes representatives from non-governmental organizations, donors, government and local authorities: the WIOSNA Association, the NGO Forum “Razem”, Google, Meta, the City of Lublin, the Ministry of the Interior and Administration, and UNHCR (observer role).
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POP Fund (Polish Organizations Pooled Fund) is a new funding modality to support programs targeting the refugees and asylum-seekers in Poland, as well as the host communities.
A Pooled Fund is a modality with an established track record in other humanitarian crises, where contributions of several donors are used to finance programs submitted through open calls for proposals. The unique feature of the POP Fund is that it would be predominantly funded by private and corporate donors.
Day-to-day management of the Fund will rest with PCPM’s fund management unit, while key decisions will be made by the Steering Committee consisting of representatives of non-governmental organizations, the largest donors of the Fund, representatives of the Polish government and local authorities and UN agencies (as an observer).
The pilot call for applications for the POP Fund’s small projects is planned for the third quarter of 2023.
We encourage you to follow the information on the website. The next call for applications will be announced in late 2023/early 2024, depending on available funds.
To the POP Fund can apply registerred in Poland: foundations, associations, public benefit organizations, rural housewives clubs, volunteer fire brigades and parishes (regardless of religion).
For detailed information, please read the statue.
The Steering Comitee will make key decisions regarding the activities and the use of POP Fund funds. The Steering Committee consists of 5 to 10 voting members and non-voting members and observers. Composition of the Steering Committee. Organizations represented by Members of the Steering Committee are excluded from applying to the Fund.
The Steering Committee which makes key decisions regarding the POP Fund activities and funds allocation, meets at least twice a year to establish the rules of competitions – calls for projects and is responsible in particular, for:
- determining, the thematic and geographical priorities for individual competitions – calls for projects
- approval of the results of project calls
The PCPM Foundation is the coordinator of the POP Fund. Day-to-day management of the Fund rest with PCPM’s fund management unit, consisting of employees with valuable experience in providing humanitarian aid and managing similar projects.
Our main responsibilities include:
- Raising funds with the support of other entities
- Supporting Steering Committee meetings
- Announcing the call for applications
- Coordination of the application evaluation process
- Signing contracts, paying subsidy tranches and settling subsidies
- Media support
- Taking care of good relations and efficient communication with donors and the government
Polish Center for International Aid Foundation
The Polish Center for International Aid Foundation, with budget in 2022 exceeding USD 50 million, is one of the largest Polish non-governmental organizations dealing with development, humanitarian and medical aid. We are the only Polish NGO that combines experience of both a recipient of humanitarian Country-Based Pooled Funds, managed by UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), and setting up such funds – the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and the UN pooled fund in Yemen.
The PCPM Foundation has been helping Ukraine since the beginning of the war. We continue to carry out regular shipments of humanitarian and medical aid, while at the same time launching programs to rebuild the damages. In Poland we support refugees, especially the elderly, people with disabilities and mothers with small children.
We always provide assistance in accordance with the principles of humanitarianism, impartiality, neutrality and independence. Thanks to the extensive experience of our employees and investing in the development of PCPM Foundation specialists our actions are well-thought-out, do not deepen local tensions and provide help to those who need it.