|Grant Number||PL_X 2007_89|
|Organization||Institute of Sociology, Warsaw University|
|Project Name||Social Action Euro 2012|
|Amount Awarded||USD 900,000.00|
|Grant Period||May 01, 2008 - December 01, 2012|
The idea of the project is to use the forthcoming European Football Cup 2012 as a vehicle for civil society building and catalysing societal change. The goal of the project is to use the four year run-up to the Cup as an opportunity to stimulate debate and mobilise participation in public life with the practical aim to challenge the self-stereotypes of Poles and change the national self-image. To achieve that goal, the grantee will: - create the network of local/regional watchdogs, building on the existing grass root initiatives, to monitor the public issues concerning preparations for Euro 2012, - empower people to voice by providing them with the space and support to articulate their views and monitor local government through citizens’ cross-sector debates, and developing their skills and knowledge on how to access and demand information, - network various partners locally (academia, business, NGO, local government, circles of engaged citizens – e.g. fans of football) around the idea of “winning through Euro 2012” as the exceptional chance for each of these groups to make Euro 2012 its own success. The grantee hopes the project will become a magnet for other initiatives focused on Euro 2012, will contribute to building solid, non-institutional civil society networks, empower community groups and teach self-confidence, and will show ways to achieve grass-root change.