Over €70,000 in grants awarded to voluntary organisations in Gozo

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Over €70,000 in grants awarded to voluntary organisations in GozoThe Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana presented more than € 70,000 in grants to volunteer organisations that applied for aid under the for the Ministry for Gozo Non-Governmental Organisations Assistance Scheme in 2017.

The Minister explained how this scheme was introduced for the first time in Gozo last July. “This is a regularised and transparent scheme, which is intended to assist voluntary organisations to implement projects, events and initiatives in Gozo,” said Justyne Caruana.

“A large number of proposals were submitted to the Selection Board but ultimately, sixteen were selected, and have benefited by up to € 5,000 each. These associations had to meet the criteria as determined by both the Selection Board and the Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector,” added Minister Caruana.

Dr Caruana invited all NGOs registered with the Office of the Commissioner for Voluntary Organisations, “to seize the opportunity” and apply under the new 2018 scheme launched by the Ministry for Gozo.

The applications opened on Monday and close on Friday, the 28th of February 2018 at midday. Each application must refer to initiatives in the field of volunteering to be implemented in Gozo. For more information please see here.

The guidelines for prospective applicants will also be available on the website of the Ministry for Gozo.

The NGOs that have received funding are: Friends of the Earth Malta, The Eden and Razzett Foundation, Inspire, Friends of the Sick & the Elderly in Gozo (FSEG), Emergency Response and Rescue Corps – CADETS, The Scout Association of Malta, Emergency Response and Rescue Corps, La Stella Philharmonic Society, Munxar Falcons FC, Ghaqda Muzikali Vizitazzjoni of Gharb, Santa Marija Philharmonic Society, Santa Cecilija Foundation AD 2013, Mnarja Philharmonic Society, Youth Section Pawlini Munxar, Dar Guzeppa Debono, Gozo Half Marathon and the OASI Foundation.

Photograph: MGOZ/Terry Camilleri

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