† Polish news agency SA

June 30 this year. The National Center for Culture has announced the second subsidy competition within the framework of the “Digital conversion of community centers” project. Until July 28 this year. for subsidies in the amount of 80 – 200 thousand. PLN can be applied for by local government cultural institutions. The total amount of grants is about 9 million PLN. The aim of the project is to equip cultural institutions of local authorities with competences and skills in the use of digital tools and to purchase IT equipment and infrastructure necessary to carry out cultural education and cultural animation activities and to develop.

The performance of the activities within the framework of the competition announced today will take place from September 1, 2022 to August 31, 2023. The competition rules provide for preferences for entities whose organizer is a rural and urban-rural municipality – without restrictions on the number of inhabitants, a municipal municipality or a poviat located in the city of up to 50 thousand inhabitants, more than 50 km away from major urban centers and entities in the following voivodeships: Podlaskie, Lubelskie, Łódzkie, Zachodniopomorskie, Kujawsko-Pomorskie, Lubuskie and Podkarpackie. Applications for the competition can only be submitted in electronic form via the NCK Program Service System: https://sop.nck.pl.

Obtaining additional funds by NCK, extending the duration of the project and launching a second competition will increase the budget for the >> Digital conversion of cultural centers << to approximately PLN 42 million, of which approximately PLN 35 million will go directly to the homes of cultural centers and centers in the form of individual grants.A total of about 250 institutions will benefit.This is an important support and an opportunity to improve the competences of employees of cultural institutions of the local government to increase the offer, make the offer more attractive and attract new participants to the events. I would like to thank the Deputy Prime Minister, Prof. Piotr Gliński and Minister Waldemar Buda "- emphasizes Prof. Rafał Wiśniewski, Director of NCK.

Unlike many other grant competitions, no out-of-pocket contribution from the beneficiary is required to obtain funding under the “Conversion”. The project is a competition project and consists of the following parts:

1. Subsidies for cultural institutions for:

Purchase of computer equipment, accessories, online transmission equipment,

Purchase of digital equipment for multimedia and AR spaces,

Purchase of software and licenses,

Cover the costs of tailoring activities to the needs of people with special needs,

· Additional training resulting from the specific needs of a particular institution and activities undertaken.

2. Training program for subsidy recipients, consisting of:

Comprehensive training for staff in designing an online cultural offering,

Specialized online training courses and webinars,

· Tutorial support during the project period,

· Consult with an accessibility expert.

In the second grant competition, the scope of the activities offered to project participants will be expanded to include networking activities, study visits and collaboration tools.

The following entities are entitled to submit applications in the grant competition, with the exception of the grant recipients of the first competition:

1. culture centres, culture centers and culture and art centers with the status of local cultural institution, with the exception of institutions co-managed by the minister and local government units,

2. libraries with self-governing cultural institution status, including community centers, cultural centers or culture and arts centers.

All those interested in participating in the NCK competition are invited on July 8 at 11 am for an online information meeting via the Zoom messenger. The link to the meeting will be posted on the NCK website and on FB.

In the first ongoing subsidy competition, the National Center for Culture supported 199 institutions for an amount of more than PLN 26 million.

“Digital transformation of community centres” is financed from EU funds under measure 3.2. “Innovative solutions for digital activation”, Priority Axis III “Digital Competencies of Society” of the Operational Program Digital Poland for 2014-2020.

Source of information: National Center for Culture

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