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Public money for NGOs in Masovia

The project was connected with the monitoring of the processes of planning and spending public money coming from the voivodeship budget, taking into special consideration the financial means coming from the Mazowieckie Regional Operation Programme and the regional component of the Sectoral Operational Programme “Human Capital.”

Addressees:
The project was directly targeted at NGOs. Cooperation with public institutions was restricted to the monitoring of Public Information Bulletins in the Mazowieckie Voivodeship Office units and sending the questionnaire to the Office of the Marshal of the Mazowieckie Voivodeship.

Aims:
The aim of the project is
gaining and disclosing information on the degree of preparedness and the way (quality) of action of the voivodeship local government administration in Masovia in the field of spending and accounting the voivodeship budget means, with a special regard to the means which the local government administers as an intermediary in the distribution of the European funds for the years 2007 – 2013;
(indirectly) increasing knowledge of the Masovia NGOs concerning the mechanisms of the voivodeship budget construction, realisation and accounting;
(indirectly) increasing the scope and quality of dialogue between the representatives of the voivodeship local government administration and the Masovia NGOs

Methodology:

1. Notification about the start of the project realisation (the preparatory stage of the project)
The information about the project realisation was placed at the portal: ngo.pl and at the Federation website:
www.mazowia.org.pl/ Besides, the Office of the Marshal (Coordinator for cooperation with NGOS) was notified about the project realisation.

2. Conducting the research – the analysis of the 2005, 2006, 2007 budgets – from the point of view of the expenditure devoted to the realisation of public tasks by NGOs
a. preparing a tool for financial monitoring – a questionnaire
The questionnaire was devised in the form of a request for public information. It contains only questions concerning the issues connected with the expenditure from the voivodeship local authorities budget from own resources in the years 2005-2007 (excluding EU funding). A request for public information was sent to the Marshal Office.

3. Conducting constant monitoring
As a result of the internet monitoring, available information connected with the financial support, such as registers of subsidies granted in the recent years, etc., was gathered.

4. Publication of the report
Due to objective reasons the project was not realised according to the initially established programme guidelines. Its large component which concerned the monitoring of the expenditure within the framework of the new operational programmes in the Mazowieckie voivoidship was not realised. Significant delays connected with the guidelines for competitions in the framework of new operational programmes 2007-2013 forced the organisation to limit their activities connected with the project and limit its scope.
Results of the project:
A substantial result of the project is the production of a publication which presents how the transfer of public money from the Mazowieckie Voivodeship budget to the NGOs acting in the Masovia region took place  in the last 3 years (in the years 2005-2006 and the first half of 2007). The publication was created in order to inform the employees and volunteers of NGOs; both of those which are or have been receiving a grant, and those which intend to apply for funding from the local government sources, especially from the voivodeship budget.
A further result is the fact that the Mazovia Federation employees gained knowledge in the field of the project, which, as we hope, will contribute to the improvement of the quality of the monitoring actions in the future.

Report:
Available at the website: Budzet województwa mazowieckiego z perspektywy NGO.pdf
Project name: Public money for NGOs in the Masovia Region
Country/ countries: Poland
Executed by: Mazowia Federation
Grant donor: Stefan Batory Foundation
Addressees: Local government organisation, civil servants of local government units in Mazowsze
Time: November 2006 – June 2007

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