The first call for proposals under the Polish Organizations Pooled Fund (POP Fund) is now open

November 8th – the first call for proposals under the Polish Organizations Pooled Fund (POP Fund) is now open. Organisations can apply for small grants (up to 50,000 PLN) . Later this year, another call is planned for all grant paths. We invite you to submit applications – details below.

The budget for this call for proposals is PLN 500,000. Small grants can be applied for by: foundations, associations, rural housewives’ circles, voluntary fire brigades, parishes and religious organizations (regardless of faith). Organizations do not have to have their own contribution, but they must be registered in Poland and have at least one year of experience in a related field. We especially invite applications from organizations running projects outside Poland’s largest cities.

What projects are eligible for support?

Funding is available for projects that support Ukrainian refugees residing in Poland and fall under one or more of the six priorities. These priorities include: 

  • improved living conditions of refugees residing outside of the main metropolises and in the rural areas, including support for voluntary relocation of refugees from metropolises, where the cost of living is high, to smaller towns, with lower cost of living
  • supporting voluntary relocation of refugees from the mass accommodation centers
  • support to refugees facing barriers in accessing the labour market, including refugee women with children until the age of 7
  • support to older (retired) refugees, and/or persons with disability
  • supporting inclusion and continuation of education of refugee children in the Polish schools
  • support for refugees from other groups at risk of social exclusion, including ethnicminorities and sexual minorities

The project should primarily target refugees from Ukraine, but may also include beneficiaries from the local community experiencing similar difficulties.

POP Fund’s list of thematic priorities is available here: POP Fund thematic priorities

Projects that are funded in this round of applications can start on January 1, 2024 and last for a maximum of 12 months.

How and where to apply?

Organizations can submit applications in Polish only through the Witkac grant processing system: Witkac

What kind of support can organizations count on?

The first call for proposals under the POP Fund finances small projects, where the value of the grant is up to PLN 50,000. Grants will be paid out in two installments, the first installment in the amount of 60% of the project value, and the second installment after the approval of the interim report.

Important dates

Call for proposals opening: November 8, 2023 (Wednesday).

On November 13 (Monday) 2023 at 2:00 pm there will be an online informational meeting for applicants on how to prepare an application for the competition.

Deadline: November 29 (Wednesday) 2023 (applicants have 3 weeks to prepare an application). Applications sent after this date will be left without consideration.

Results: December 19 (Tuesday) 2023 via the Witkac system and on the Fund’s website popfund.en

Additional information and contact

Additional information are available here: POP Fund Regulations

We also invite you to contact us via email at [email protected] You can also reach us for additional information by calling +48 453 524 824, on weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Another call later this year

After the announcement of the results of the first call, a full call is planned, which will include all grant tracks: small (grants up to PLN 50,000), medium (grants up to PLN 200,000) and large (grants over PLN 200,000) projects. We encourage you to follow the information on the website and POP Fund social media channels:



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