We are excited to announce another round of Living Communities projects! We have a team of people in Únětice u Prahy cleaning out a spring and creating a meadow park, artists in Pilsen developing a community garden, a group in Malvazinky in Prague saving a historical villa, volunteer firefighters in Rostěnice holding a year-long array of community events, a citizens’ group in Vimperk trying to save a local lake from development and a campaign to address issues with the Prague zoning plan.Read More
Will residents of a housing estate in Frýdek-Místek find consensus to revitalize their open space? Will people in the small town of Ráječko perform a musical? Is it possible to energize a remote village that has no pub or playground? And can people from several towns join forces to reduce negative impacts from a highway bypass project?
Our answer is a resounding YES! We believe that the community leaders and groups supported in the first 2019 round of Living Communities can make their communities better places to live and strengthen neighborly ties.Read More
For more than ten years, people needing quick access to small grants for urgent public interest projects have turned to Via Foundation’s Fast Grants. As of 2019, Fast Grants are part of our Living Communities programming. Read on to learn how a group of engaged citizens in the city of Kladno in Central Bohemia used a Fast Grant to save a field from development.
Restoration of a rundown castle, Christmas dinner for women in crisis, a charity tattoo service. That is but a mere quarter of the twelve tales of goodness that made it to the finals of the 2019 Via Bona Awards.
Via Foundation is now inviting everyone to vote for the finalists they find most inspiring to help determine which will become this year’s award winners. You too can cast your vote until the end of April at www.cenaviabona.cz. (Please note: the voting site is in Czech only).
Čepice is a small village in southwestern Bohemia. Although most of the residents commute to jobs outside of the village, there are many community events on the weekends and evenings, mostly organized by the local volunteer firefighters’ brigade. The firefighters submitted an application to our program, The Community in Which We Live, in the spring of 2017. Despite the fact that no one in the village had any previous experience with writing grant applications, they succeeded in our call for proposals and joined the program. Read More
The CEE partner organization network is a new regional grouping of seven civil society support organizations from six CEE countries. The main objective of the CEE partner organization network is to strengthen and develop local communities in the Central and Eastern Europe region. Member organizations agreed that it is very valuable for them to exchange their community practice and as one of the ways how to do it is exchange site visit. This time we would like to share with you impressions of Milena Vujovic from Serbian TRAG.Read More