ViabilityNet 3.0

ViabilityNet 3.0 is a three-year program that includes four components:

  • Local community leaders’ program – a year-long program for individuals
  • CEE partner organization network
  • Alumni network
  • Cooperation with the academic sector

Local community leaders’ program

 „Grow (with) your community“
(2017-2018)
Via Foundation, based in Prague, has launched ViabilityNet 3.0, a program that offers local community leaders space to learn, reflect, connect and grow together and funding for projects that focus on empowering their own local communities. ViabilityNet 3.0 is focused primarily on the Central and Eastern European region (CEE), with secondary reach into Western Europe.
The participants of the first round of “Grow (with) your community” – Local community leaders’ program were selected in June 2017 and engaged in the program at the beginning of August 2017. So far 3 meetings have happened – first in Slovakia, second in Serbia and third at the beginning of February 2018 in Romania.
You can find bios of the participants here.
The call for applications for the 2018-2019 program opened on February 2, 2018.
Deadline for applications was April 10, 2018 23:00 CET. Deadline has been extended only for western European applicants until May 6, 2018 23.00 CET.  Apply here.
  •  Are you active in your local neighbourhood/village/small town or a quarter in a city?
  • Do you work on making the life of your local community better?
  • Do you have questions about the work that you do?
  • Are you interested in sharing and learning with people doing similar things?
If so, our second round of the ViabilityNet 3.0 “Grow (with) your community: A local community leaders’ program” may be for you. The program is composed of different tools that can support you in becoming even better in what you already do. There are 4 meetings, financial support for a local community project, a mentor, consultations and a group of other people to support you.
Eligible countries: Portugal, Spain, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Belgium, Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Sweden,Finland, Norway, Switzerland, Austria

Experiences of participants from this year’s program

“I think it is like a small university course, which is very practical and meaningful for me. In the end the results will show that to everyone!”
“It structures knowledge and gives a clear picture of work I did before. And tips from people from other cultures are very useful. The atmosphere of trust makes honest and open communication and experimenting possible.”
“I totally love it. It is the most intensive workshop I have ever been to and I am grateful that I can be here.”
“It definitely helps me grow and learn new things about the communities but also about myself. I enjoy the program.”
“ViabilityNet 3.0. has already helped me learn so much:
  • about myself and the way I should perceive what I am doing/striving for daily;
  • about team-work, adaptability, resilience, roles and responsibilities, communication styles, etc.
  • about shame and its effect on my life;
  • about my community and my place in the community;
  • about how to structure, restructure and readapt my project;
…and so much more!”

CEE partner organization network

The CEE partner organization network is a regional grouping of six civil society support organizations in five CEE countries: Via Foundation from the Czech Republic, Szkola liderow from Poland, Nadacia Pontis from Slovakia, TRAG Foundation from Serbia, and ARC (Asociatia pentru Relatii Comunitare) and Fundatia Pact from Romania.
The main objective of the CEE partner organization network is to strengthen local communities in the Central and Eastern Europe region. The member organizations seek to improve their support of local communities by learning from and with each other.
During the network’s start up phase from September 2017 through September 2019, the network will be managed by Via Foundation as part of its ViabilityNet 3.0 program with funding from the C.S. Mott Foundation. Four meetings will be held during this period.
The first meeting took place in Prague from September 25 – 27, 2017. The second meeting is scheduled for February 26 – 28, 2018 and will focus on working with polarized communities.

Alumni network

Check out Alumni testimonials.
The Alumni network will connect alumni from both the ViabilityNet 2.0 program (2014-2016) and the ViabilityNet 3.0 program (2017-2019).
The long-term aims of the Alumni network include to:
1) Support the sustainability of the program’s impact in local communities in the CEE region
2) Support alumni in spreading the change in other communities
3) Strengthen the know-how of Via Foundation in regard to more effective support of local communities
The first meeting of the network is planned for April 2017.