Second Call NGO Programme April 2014


EEA Grants - Malta NGO Programme Narrative Interim Report Second Call May 2014

EEA Grants Malta NGO Programme Financial Interim Report - Second Call May 2014


List of Projects approved under the Second Call for Applications 2014.

Name of Project:  Empowering Maltese NGOs
Applicant Organisation: Flimkien Ghal Ambjent Ahjar

Although there are significant urgent environmental problems in Malta and a number of voluntary organizations focused on different areas (such as water, agriculture, climate etc), lack of financial and human resources present a significant obstacle to the work of these NGOs. The overall objective of the project is establishing a platform for environmental NGOs as well as other small NGOs whose work area is related to environmental issues (such as public health, water etc) in Malta to strengthen networking among these NGOS for joint advocacy activities as well as increasing their fundraising and communications skills for better management of these organizations through training and workshops.

A full time project manager will be hired once registered and regular meetings will be organized at the platform office and NGOs will be encouraged to hold further meetings. Women and youth members of the NGOs will be particularly encouraged to attend these trainings and take active roles. Through a youth camp in summer, the project aims to reach more young volunteers, increase knowledge and encourage them to participate in the environmental movement.

Name of Project: iLead – The Creative Leadership Academy
Applicant Organisation: Gozo Regional Youth Council

The problem identified for this project is the lack of job opportunities in Gozo. We want to give hope to the youths by training them to become leaders and active participants and thus develop their skills and create opportunities.

Gozo is turning into an island with a diminishing presence of youth. This situation is leading to alienation, frustration and lack of opportunities to youths in Gozo which are resulting in less active participation or even desire to act and react to current trends.

More projects concerning youths require partners. We want this project to open a number of opportunities to NGOs to establish contacts and participate in networking.

The mission of the GRYC is to provide a national forum for youth organizations in Gozo to effectively develop, promote and advocate youth initiatives and policy making in the youth field.

The project plans to include the delivery of a training course by a foreign expert on how to develop leadership, advocacy and negotiation skills. This will be followed by peer learning activities where those attending training will pass the information acquired to other members of the organization.

Name of Project: Developing a Third Country National Support Network In Malta

Name of Organisation: Foundation for Shelter and Support to Migrants

Integration of Third Country Nationals in Malta research depicts the challenges encountered by this group in relation to policies and practices related to employment, education, family reunification, residence, culture and language.

In the last 5 years, FSM has assisted several TCNs in accessing these rights by providing information and advice, by connecting TCNs to several agencies providing services for persons facing discriminatory practices, by raising awareness among the general public about the rights of TCNs, and by lobbying with agencies and government Ministries for the rights of TCNs. By developing a support network TCN groups can benefit from a much larger platform which can empower them further in representing their needs, in negotiating with key stakeholders, and in generating and sharing resources to develop their organizations and communities.

The main objective for developing a TCN Support Network in Malta is to empower Third Country Nationals living in Malta to represent their interests effectively by using democratic, organisational and representation processes to build coalition, networking and support.

Name of Project: Mental Health First Aid Training
Name of Organisation: Richmond Foundation

While there are courses on mental health problems specific to mental health care professions, there is a need to tackle the gap in order to provide the necessary skills to other professional for whom first-line intervention in situations of mental ill health. The overall objective of the project is support the basic human need for mental health and well-being. The objective is to address the skills gap among people who often need to deal with mental health problems in their daily work. The project wants to raise awareness on mental health issues and the rights of asylum seekers other vulnerable groups. The challenges mentioned will be addressed through support to organizations, including NGOs, involved in work among people with mental health problems.  The main target group includes professionals, members of the police force, people working with asylum seekers, paramedics, and people who support victims of crime. Staff members of Richmond Foundation will be trained and certified as MHFA instructors, where upon they will provide MHFA training in Malta. As part of the project, the training will be provided free of charge to NGOs working with disadvantaged groups.

Name of Project: Somali Media Group Malta
Name of Organisation: African Media Association Malta

As African migrants we constantly face discrimination, hate speech & xenophobic behavior- this is mainly because of our skin colour and country of origin. In addition, the African migrants face hardships because most migrants do not speak Maltese or English and the communication barrier prevents any form of interaction or communication with the local community. At present, there are no constant direct sources of information that keeps the migrants informed of what is happening in their home country. The overall objective of this project is to promote an interactive service to the African community that will allow for more integration & provide more respite to the African community currently seeking asylum in Malta through the production of radio programmes. The project team involved in this project are all young adults below the age of 27. This project will help us to develop our skills and knowledge in several areas such as administration, management, finances and broadcasting. Other than this, the radio schedules planned for this project will provide a valuable source of information and entertainment to the hundreds of migrants in Malta including young migrants.


Name of Project: Starting a Family Resource Centre in Birżebbuġa Community, South Eastern Region

Name of Organisation: St. Jeanne Antide Foundation

In 2013, the Parish Priest and members of the Diaconia (Service) Commission requested the Foundation to discuss the critical situation of vulnerable and at risk families in the community whose needs were not being systematically being met by any organisation. Commission members also felt that the parish should strive to do its utmost to be of service to those most in need within the community. Subsequently, a group of 7 parish pastoral workers were invited to participate in a course on OUTREACH Work and Befriending Service it was delivering in Paola Parish for 42 Parish Pastoral Workers. 

Through this project, a service hub will be created. It will have a drop-in function. It will use the community outreach method used by the Foundation to identify hard-to-reach families; training parish volunteers as project partners; network with community and parish structures and groups and liaise with service providers at national level. By the end of the project, 60 vulnerable families would have been reached and holistically supported. Birżebbuġa makes up just over 16% of the region’s population.

Name of Project: Malta Sparrow Watch – Report a Roost
Name of Organisation: Birdlife Malta

Many Maltese people living in urban areas are disconnected from nature and wildlife. Their awareness of urban birds are very low.  The interface between science, policy and the public is often a complicated one. The project will fill the gap by directly involving the public in research and by providing the required information to decision makers.

The project’s goal is twofold.  On one hand, the project aims at recording and mapping all of the roost sites particularly in urban areas, to enable the identification of important roost sites, so that councils and contractors can be informed of their location and the roosts properly protected. With Spanish sparrows being so common, they also provide the ideal tool to raise awareness about birds and their conservation in a positive way on Malta, as well as developing a sense of community in urban areas in Malta and promoting integration between several groups, especially those with disabilities and mental health issues. The project will involve young ornithologists from BirdLife Malta’s youth groups Klabb Huttaf and Falko.


Name of Project: ‘SAVE THE COUNTRYSIDE’ Campaign
Name of Organisation: Din L-Art Helwa

This project aims to reach out to people and show the relevance of biodiversity and the countryside to the daily lives of the Maltese community and for future generations. It aims to build public awareness and education on the importance of conserving the countryside and avoiding its loss, specifically due to over-development. The main target audiences are families with children, and young adults aged 18-25 years old. 


The project will consist of an internet-based campaign, mainly engaging with audiences through social media and video clips. The target audiences will be inspired to take action to conserve the countryside and the biodiversity that it sustains. People will connect to the campaign through online platforms (website and social media) which will provide regular news and updates. The idea behind the online campaign is to manage an awareness raising initiative that generates as low a carbon footprint as possible. In this respect we intend to hold a green campaign promoting green priorities.     


The project will also include a university debate to engage with students, and a public survey will be carried out. A policy document will be presented to policy-makers at the end of the project. The campaign as well as the debates, policy document and survey will help to both inform the general public on the importance of environmental preservation as well as helping us better understand the current situation with regards to habitat and species loss. It is through the collection of such data that we can present a targeted, strategic approach to halting and reversing the current trend of bio-diversity decline.

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Other documents for reference:

EEA Grants NGO Malta Programme 2nd Call May 2014 Application Form

EEA Grants NGO Malta Programme 2nd Call May 2014 Guidelines for Applicants