The Energy and Water Agency has announced the launch of the third call with a budget of €300,000 aimed at supporting voluntary organisations in reducing energy and water consumption and becoming more sustainable. As of the first week of May, voluntary organisations can once again apply for this scheme in collaboration with the Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector. Under this third call, organisations can receive up to 90% of the total cost of projects to become more efficient in their energy and water use, up to a maximum of €27,000.
During the scheme’s launch, Minister for the Environment, Energy, and Enterprise, Miriam Dalli, and Minister for Inclusion, Voluntary, and Consumer Rights, Julia Farrugia Portelli, emphasized that voluntary organisations, including sports clubs, social clubs, and environmental organisations, can invest in efficient systems and practices such as renewable energy systems, the installation of efficient lighting, or the restoration of reservoirs. The government has already assisted around 30 voluntary organisations, including sports, social, and environmental organisations through previous calls.
Minister Miriam Dalli highlighted the importance of sustainability in all aspects of our lives and expressed the government’s commitment to assisting voluntary organisations in providing essential services to our communities. Minister Julia Farrugia Portelli emphasized the scheme’s objective to reinforce three fundamental pillars, namely social, environmental, and economic, to make a significant impact on the lives of current beneficiaries while also ensuring that future generations benefit from these efforts.
Voluntary organisations play an outstanding role as leaders and advocates in promoting a sustainable society, stressed Farrugia Portelli. To explain the benefits of this scheme, Ing. Charles Buttigieg, Chief Officer Stakeholder Support of EWA, and Malta Councils for Voluntary Sector (MCVS) CEO Mauro Pace Parascandalo, announced that online information sessions would be held for organisations.