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Operational Assistance Scheme for Voluntary Organisations – Phase 3

Reece Delia  -  1/February/2021

The Operational Assistance Scheme for Voluntary Organisations is a fund managed by the Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector (MCVS) and on behalf of the Parliamentary Secretary for Sports, Recreation, and Voluntary Organisations and supported by the Ministry of Finance. This Scheme is a one-time budget, which is being allocated to the Voluntary Sector in relation to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Purpose of the Operational Assistance Scheme for Voluntary Organisations

The main purpose of this Scheme is that of assisting financially enrolled and compliant registered Voluntary Organisations with the Commissioner for Voluntary Organisations, impacted in a direct or indirect manner by the COVID-19 pandemic. The aims of the Scheme are:

  • Supporting Voluntary Organisations whose operation is related and essential for the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Supporting Voluntary Organisations which, due to the ongoing pandemic may be suffering a reduction in its services being offered, resulting in a loss of employment.
  • Supporting Voluntary Organisations which, due to the pandemic are facing difficulties to restart their operations at post pandemic stage.

The Fund available under this Scheme shall be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, depending on the availability of the funds.

Operational Assistance Scheme for Voluntary Organisations – Budget

The total amount of funds allocated in the COVID-19 Assistance Scheme for Voluntary Organisations shall be that of €3,000,000. One should note that once the funds are utilised, there will be no replenishment of this fund. The budget for Phase 3 of this Scheme is available from the 1st of October 2020, up until the 31st of March 2021. Applications must be submitted by the 26th of February 2021, with late applications not eligible for funding.

Eligible Costs in relation to Budget Allocations

Staff Costs

Voluntary Organisations shall apply for Wage Supplement of full-time and part-time employees engaged directly with the Voluntary Organisation and registered with Jobs Plus. Part-time employees are also eligible if they are not receiving similar assistance from another scheme. Moreover, they cannot apply under two different Voluntary Organisations. The eligible full-time and part-time employees should have been employed with the Voluntary Organisation as of the 15th of March 2020. If a person has been employed with the organisation in replacement of an employee who had been in employment with the same organisation prior to March 2020, such employee shall also be eligible.

For the duration of Phase 3 of this Scheme, full time employees of Voluntary Organisations operating in the Social, Humanitarian, Disability and Animal Welfare sectors will be eligible to a tapered aid of €600 for full-time employees and €375 for part-timers.

Utility Bills

The Operational Assistance Scheme for Voluntary Organisations shall support up to 80% of the utility bills of Voluntary Organisations, up to a maximum of €100 per month. Any reimbursement of utility bills will be for the period covering March 2020 till March 2021, both months inclusive.

Services rendered during COVID-19

The Scheme shall support up to 50% of the expenses to a maximum of €1,000 for the expenses highlighted in the guidelines of the Scheme and other costs that may be deemed eligible by the Board.

Other Services Rendered during COVID-19

The Operational Assistance Scheme for Voluntary Organisations shall support other expenses related to exceptional situations and services not forecasted under the above services. These requests shall be addressed on a case by case basis and may support to a maximum of 80% of the service and not more than €25,000, whichever is the lowest.

If you’re interested to get to know more about the Operational Assistance Scheme for Voluntary Organisations and how it applies to your business, please contact our Head of Business Development and Advisory, Mr. Reece Delia, on rdelia@ksimalta.com.

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