Music filled the Broumov Monastery in late May, when young musicians from the Police Symphony Orchestra held a charity concert there to support the Agency for Development of the Broumov Region and orchestra members afflicted by Covid-19. Over $21,000 was raised through an online fundraising drive.
When the Czech government imposed a protective face mask regulation in March, community groups across the country jumped into action and began sewing for the needy with lightening speed. We adapted our support just as quickly, opening a one-off grant call in collaboration with Česká spořitelna bank to enable the sewing teams to recoup some of their costs. We supported 24 projects and awarded a total of $8,000 (CZK 204,000).
The Czech Philharmonic organized a benefit concert for hospitals in Prague and Brno to help doctors, nurses and other staff care for coronavirus patients. Via Foundation held a public charity collection. Donors sent in CZK 7.3 million ($285,980) in just one week.
The Darujme.cz online fundraising tool offers organizations a way to raise funds during the coronavirus pandemic. Donors can support health care workers, non-profit organizations caring for seniors or homeless people, or their favorite theater or music club.
At the end of February, our selection committee awarded grants and technical support to three projects in the towns of Kunštát, Bílá Voda and Chudčice. Each project team will receive a grant of up to $20,000 (CZK 450,000), training workshops and extensive guidance from a community engagement professional. The jury also awarded technical support to a fourth project in Votice. During the ensuing two years, these teams in the selected towns will transform public spaces into community places.
How should cities develop and change in the upcoming decades to make them good places to live? What visions do elected officials from large cities and small towns bring to the conversation? The Cities 2030 conference, organized by the Centre of Architecture and Urban Planning in Prague, explored these questions with leaders from the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Sweden.
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.