The Voluntary Organisations Project Scheme (VOPS), is managed and administered by the Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector (MCVS). This fund, is designed to assist applicants looking for funding on projects that can make a real difference, while stimulating and financially supporting voluntary organisations to continue to come up with innovative and sustainable initiatives for the benefit of the communities they work in.
The VOPS Call for 2024 shall have a total allocation of €800,000.
The guidelines for the VOPS constitute an integral part of the call for proposal. The Guidelines are published on the Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector website www.maltacvs.org and the VO Funding Portal www.vofunding.org.mt. The Voluntary Organisations Project Scheme (VOPS) is designed to assist Voluntary Organisations, enrolled and compliant with the Commissioner for VOs.
VOPS 2024 shall have four specific Actions:
Action 1 - Project Based Initiatives
Action 2 - Infrastructural Projects
Action 3 - Research Projects
Action 4 - Inclusion – Health and Disability
The general objectives establishing the Voluntary Organisations Project Fund are the following:
- To stimulate co-operation and networking between voluntary organisations.
- To provide a consultative forum that can effectively address issues related to the Voluntary Sector.
- To support the work of voluntary organisations as an integral part of civil society.
- To enhance the capacity building of voluntary organisation.
- To provide a platform from which to develop co-operation between voluntary organisations and the Government.
- To promote and encourage a culture of volunteering and the participation in volunteer activities among people, especially children and youths, as an aspect of personal and social development.
- To foster co-operation in the volunteer sector with local and international bodies, entities or other persons for the encouragement and promotion of the development of volunteering programmes, initiatives and activities.
- To encourage, in furtherance of the principle of subsidiary, non-governmental bodies and private entities or persons and local councils to contribute to the promotion of volunteering in Malta.
The general Priorities of the VOPS are the following:
This priority is intended to encourage projects aimed at raising awareness of the value and importance of volunteering as a form of active engagement and as a tool to develop or improve competences for personal, social and professional development.
This priority is intended to encourage projects addressing the issues of Poverty, marginalisation and hate speech by focusing on actions such as enhancing awareness and commitment amongst the Maltese society to make it more inclusive. In this context, special emphasis shall be placed on the inclusion of migrants, disabled young people and other marginalised minorities in fulfilling their potential.
- Good Health and Wellbeing
This priority is intended to encourage projects addressing the issues of Health and Disability ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all persons by focusing on actions such as creating awareness, supporting patients, promote early warning and risk reduction.
This priority is intended to encourage projects addressing the issues related to education with special focus on the support of marginalised and more challenged groups in the Maltese society.