Total allocation: €8 million
Allocation to NGO Programme: €0.7 million
More information on the fund in the 2014-2021 period to become available on an ongoing basis.
See the EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021 fact sheet for Malta.
NGO Programme 2009-2014
Total allocation: €4.5 mln
Allocation to NGO Fund: €500,000
In the funding period 2009-14, Malta has been allocated €4.5 million, up from €3.6 million in the previous period. Environment and justice are the largest sectors, while there will be funding to civil society and social partners for the first time.
There is a very active volunteering sector in Malta. This in part stems from the tradition of the charity arm of the Catholic church which is very strong within Malta. There are around 650 registered Voluntary Organisations in Malta. While this number is growing, these are mainly made up of small and medium sized organisations in terms of the number of employees. Many are run on a voluntary basis with no permanent members of staff. The type of Voluntary Organisation varies from local community organisations such as band clubs, church groups, or other local organisations, to larger organisations dealing mainly with the provision of basic services. Only a few organisations are engaged in concrete sustained advocacy actions on the rights of the most marginalised groups. Key NGO sectors in Malta deal with Human rights and migration, health, disability, environment, women and children.
The fact that many organisations are limited in terms of capacity poses a major challenge in trying to build up the advocacy role of organisations. As such, within Malta there is a lack of a joint approach by NGOs to engage together to influence the government for policy change and to strengthen democracy. In terms of networks, while thematic NGOs do often work together in an ad-hoc manner on specific issues arising, instituted Networks and platforms are small in number (around 5). As such advocacy and dialogue efforts among civil society with government bodies is often reactive rather than proactive and sustained efforts to engage in policy dialogue with government is often difficult.
Furthermore, given the small size of the country and the sector, funding opportunities are limited. Many NGOs are dependent on either Government funding or EU funding which are very much tied to delivery of project outcomes in a specific field in the short term (1-2 years) and often to the provision of services, rather than investing in the development of civil society and the structures of the sector as a whole to be able to carry out its role effectively. These funding limitations are further excerbated by the fact that the organisations are heavily dependent on volunteers, which while a positive aspect of an active civil society, often leaves the organisations in a weak position vis-a-vis their organisational sustainability.
Over the course of the programme 2 calls for proposals will be released covering these priority axes. One call will be released in mid 2013 and a further call released in mid 2014. The funding will be distributed equally across the 2 calls.
The programme will consist of the following outputs: 2 calls for proposals in total for the NGO Programme. These 2 call for proposals will seek to support:
This conference will take place in February 2013 to coincide with the official launch of the NGO fund in Malta.
The conference will consist of panel of speakers (including international speakers) who will discuss different aspects on the theme and how different countries in Europe are working on the theme (including tackling discrimination, promoting integration etc). Additionally, there will be different smaller workshops on aspects of the theme in order to share experiences among conference participants and share good practices among NGOs and other stakeholders. The conference will be followed by a dedicated networking session that will allow for fund operators and NGO recipients or potential recipients to informally discuss aspects of the fund, its themes, the potential of working together and opportunities for bilateral relations. This will give potential Maltese recipients of the fund opportunities to make contact and partnerships with NGOs in other European countries and benefit from other bilateral initiatives taking place in Europe
NGO operators participating will also be brought together to discuss the potential of building a Community of Practice among Fund Operators, establishing a forum for exchange of information and good practice. This would include the set up of an online forum in which documents, experiences and information would be shared. The conference would provide an opportunity to discuss how this might be developed, managed and utilised.