2019 was a record year at Via Foundation! We received over 300 community project applications, supported 192 projects and awarded more than $788,000 (CZK 18 million) in grants. Let us tell you about some of the people behind these community efforts.
On Sunday, November 17, 2019 the Czech Republic celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, which marked the fall of the Communist regime and the beginning of the country’s transition to democracy in 1989. Civic engagement is an integral part of modern democracy. This November’s 30th anniversary is a good opportunity to pause and consider two questions: How civically engaged are Czechs 30 years after the establishment of their democracy, and how does Via Foundation support people in becoming more engaged?
Last year, the 18th century Veleslavin chateau in Prague 6 was set to be sold at auction. The Hradní Potok Civic Association ran a petition that helped save it from that fate. Now the association is striving to provide public access to the chateau and is advocating for sensitive development of the neighborhood. We spoke with asssociation members Veronika Zapletalová and Lucie Vobořilová to find out more.Read More
“We want to support people who are islands of optimism and hope, who set an example for other people,” says Zdeněk Mihalco, Via Foundation’s new Executive Director. Zdeněk took over from Jiří Bárta, who had led Via for 22 years, on October 1st. Find out which key issues the foundation will be addressing and how former director Jiří will continue to serve Via in a new role.
ViabilityNet 3.0 is a program that supports local community leaders in Central and Eastern Europe and their ideas. Participants take part in four meetings and four study visits over a one-year period. We also support participants with grants and mentors to make their community projects sustainable and successful going forward and we provide opportunities for inspiration and sharing with other participants. Here are impressions from last meeting´s site visit in the Czech Republic.Read More
In May 2019 our CEE partner organization network enabled an exchange visit between the Hungarian Association for Community Development (HACD) and TRAG Foundation in Serbia. Kitti Boda and Lucia Csabai from HACD share what they learned during the visit.Read More
On Monday, September 16 we once again had the honor of gathering with Via Bona Award winners, Via donors, supporters and Stephen B. King, US Ambassador to the Czech Republic, at his residence in Prague.