In mid-April, we supported another fifteen projects from across the entire Czech Republic where people are engaging their neighbors in community improvement efforts. In the second round of Living Communities this year, we awarded grants totaling $34,013. The jury selected a very diverse spectrum of projects from among the 70 applications. We are thrilled that there are so many people in the Czech Republic who are eager to make their communities more vibrant!
The Fast Grants program is an effective tool for people who want to protect their favorite public spaces. This program is designed for people who want to respond quickly to dire situations in their communities, such as planned demolition of a valuable building, and unfair practices such as non-transparent decisions by public authorities and arbitrary land use planning changes. Last year we awarded 35 Fast Grants to civic initiatives and NGOs, disbursing a total of CZK 750,000 ($29,700).
They connect people in their communities. They create places where people of different generations or social circles can gather and meet. Simply put, they spark engagement in their communities.
With our support, 15 organizations from across the Czech Republic will make their neighborhoods more vibrant. In mid-January, the Living Communities Development program jury evaluated 37 applications and selected these Living Communities projects. A total of $25,700 (CZK 616,830) will be dispersed to the 15 winning projects. We plan on holding several more rounds of the program over the course of this year, with the deadline for the second round set for March 8.
Introducing our new young philanthropists: 13 groups of friends who want to give back to their communities. Recently selected to participate in Via Foundation’s Philanthropists, Jr. program, they will learn about philanthropy first-hand by organizing benefit events with our guidance. Read More
We had the honor of knowing Donald W. Hamer over the last two decades of his life. Don was a brilliant semi-conductor engineer, a successful businessman and a generous and compassionate philanthropist. Don’s willingness to help fund our community development and cultural heritage programming and flexibly provide general support was and continues to be instrumental to Via Foundation’s success.
Today’s blog is special. On this day – Tuesday, November 29 – #Giving Tuesday is being celebrated around the world by people giving to their favorite charities, volunteering, and helping in other creative ways.