Aid for NGOs but Reach Out miss out
Torrevieja town hall awards record sum to associations but not all applications were valid
By Alex Watkins TORREVIEJA town hall has awarded a total of €331,273 in various grants between seven local associations, announced councillor for NGOs Carmen Morate on Monday.
The associations for Alzheimer’s disease (AFA) and mental illness (ADIEM) both received the maximum amount available of €45,000.
Alimentos Solidarios, which provides food for those in need, received €42,896 and APANEE, for children with special educational needs, €42,570.
Esperanza y Vida, which helps those with addictions or behavioural problems, was awarded €35,369, the Red Cross €29,209, the ALPE special needs school €28,295, the fibromyalgia association (ASIMEPP) €21,221, an ex-alcoholics association (APAEX) €20,924.
Also, €14,162 was given to AfeCáncer and €6,424 to the housewives’ (Amas de Casa) association
Sra Morate informed that the application from anti-eviction protest group Stop Desahuicios was rejected because the amount requested was not fully justified, and physically disabled association AMFA renounced their grant.
She also said she ‘deeply regrets’ that homeless charity Reach Out, ‘which does great work, could not be considered because they missed the deadline to present the paperwork’.
Treasury councillor José Hurtado emphasised that these refusals, and some associations being awarded less than they had asked for, were based purely on technical grounds and not councillors’ personal opinions.
He pointed out that the total amount is up on the average of €323,261 given by this council over the last two years, and 33% more than the average of €241,676 paid out by the Partido Popular (PP) during its last two years in office.
Town hall grants, not just those to NGOs, totalled €480,246 during the PP’s final year in control of the council, compared to €786,415 under the current coalition in 2016.
Sra Morate put the 63% increase down to the inclusive politics of her department and the fact that ‘more associations are applying for the grants every year’.
Councillors José Hurtado and Carmen Morate