At the end of April, the National Freedom Institute announced the results of a competition for funding under the so-called endowment. “In the forefront there are mainly entities directly related to the government” – noted “Gazeta Wyborcza”. The organizations that will receive subsidies include, among others foundation, on the program board of which sits Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Culture Piotr Gliński, initiator of the National Institute of Freedom.
The National Institute of Freedom – Center for the Development of Civil Society was established by the Act of September 15, 2017. Its main task is to distribute money among NGOs. The Institute operates at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister.
At the end of April, the NIW announced the results of a competition for funds for the construction of the so-called endowment capital. “This money should be transferred to entities regarded as the most important and with the most valuable achievements in building civil society and in social initiatives. Endowment does not need to be accounted for as precisely as for subsidies for a specific purpose. These are funds allocated to statutory activities and goals that organizations they will choose themselves “- wrote” Gazeta Wyborcza “on Monday.
Wojciech Czuchnowski from “GW” noted that “in the forefront [konkursu-red.] There were mainly entities directly related to the government, PiS activists or people supporting the policy of the current government. “One hundred out of a hundred points and grants of PLN 500,000 went to: the Polska Wielki Projekt foundation (first place), the Sanctus Paulus association, the Kazimierz Promyka, the All for the Betterment of Life foundation; the Education do Values foundation and the Pomeranian Historical Initiative foundation.
Money for the foundation in which Deputy Prime Minister Gliński sits
Poland The Great Project is a foundation that was established before Law and Justice took power. She received the subsidies once again, but for the first time under the “endowment capital” – noted the daily. Czuchnowski drew attention to the person of Anna Bielecka, one of the main figures in the foundation. It is “an architect who runs a salon at Wilcza Street in Warsaw, where the elites of the current power, led by Jarosław Kaczyński, regularly meet since the Smolensk catastrophe,” we read.
“GW” calculated that there are 26 people in the foundation’s council associated with the PiS “elite” milieu. Among them is Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Culture Piotr Gliński, who was “one of the founders of the foundation and the initiator of the creation of the National Institute of Freedom, which distributes money, and the foundation has just awarded PLN 500,000 for ‘endowment capital'”.
“Other famous names in the council are: former Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz, publicist Grzegorz Górny, PiS MEPs Zdzisław Krasnodębski and Ryszard Legutko, Polish ambassador in Berlin Andrzej Przyłębski, publicist Bronisław Wildstein and people of President Duda – Paweł Soloch, Krzysztof Szczerski and Andrzej Zybertowicz” – mentioned “Wyborcza”.
The newspaper also noted that the foundation is the organizer of the congress at which the Lech Kaczyński. “Until 2015, these were honorary awards, but when PiS took power, the award took on a material dimension: PLN 100,000. The sponsor is the state-owned bank PKO BP” – indicated “GW”.
Who is the support from NIW for?
Another beneficiary is the association Sanctus Paulus, an organization which declares on its website that its goal is to “maintain and promote our faith and tradition, patriotism, cultivate Polishness, including our culture, language and customs”. “The president of the association, Piotr Florek, is the publisher of ‘Tygodnik Bydgoski’ supporting PiS. In the 2020 elections, he supported Andrzej Duda, in the same year he was awarded the Bronze Cross of Merit from the authorities. A year earlier, organizations associated with Sanctus Paulus also received a grant from the NIW – 200,000. PLN “- we read in” GW “.
The “least politically involved organization” on the NIW grant list is Foundation Kazimierz Promyk. The daily noted that its founder and president – Jakub Krawiec and Maria Cholewińska – were associated with the Independent Students’ Association sympathizing with the authorities. “Since 2019, he has been running a project called ‘Patriot’. Purpose: translating entries from Polish Wikipedia into other languages in order to ‘disseminate knowledge about history, monuments, economy and culture.’ It uses subsidies from Orlen and KGHM. The Foundation also received two targeted subsidies “- noted” GW “.
The fourth organization mentioned by Wojciech Czuchnowski is AlI for the Betterment of Life [Wszystko dla lepszego życia – red.]. “The list in the National Court Register shows that it was registered on February 24, 2021. It operates in Warsaw, has no history, and the names of the founders do not say much. The goals of the foundation are to ‘maximize life satisfaction, models and creativity” – we read.
The founders of another foundation – as noted by “GW” – are Tymoteusz Zych and Jerzy Kwaśniewski. They both head Ordo Iuris, “a fundamentalist organization founded by a group of lawyers associated with the current power.” Foundation goal Education to Value is “supporting social initiatives, including those rooted in the organic thought and social teaching of the Catholic Church,” wrote “Wyborcza”.
The six associations that received the maximum number of points are closed by the foundation Pomeranian Historical Initiative. “The board of the foundation is dominated by activists of the former opposition opposing the Round Table agreements and accusing its participants of ‘treason'” – noted “GW”, adding that the president of the foundation is Andrzej Kołodziej, an oppositionist from the 1980s, who under the patronage of the Clubs of “Gazeta Polska” “organizes lectures entitled” Round Table in Poland 1989 – Understanding or Betrayal of the Elites “.
Bąkiewicz’s organization on the reserve list
113 entities were included on the reserve list, which means that they will be able to receive subsidies if “there is money left, the NIW increases the pool or someone from the top six resigns” – the newspaper explained. The first in line will then be the association Rota of the March of Independence by Robert Bąkiewicz, which received 99.5 points and the expected co-financing in the amount of PLN 499 thousand.
“For now, Bąkiewicz has to settle for a subsidy of PLN 198,000. The Independence March Rota received it as part of the project ‘Institutional development of watchdog organizations and civic media’, where they will create ‘National Media – a local civic portal'” – noted Czuchnowski.
Millions from the National Freedom Institute
In September last year, Onet published a list of organizations that then received subsidies from the National Freedom Institute. “It turns out that they are mostly Catholic, right-wing, conservative and even extremely nationalist organizations. Most of them have openly supported PiS for years, and some are directly related to the current ruling camp” – wrote the portal.
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