Aid for NGOs but Reach Out miss out

Tor­re­vieja town hall awards record sum to as­so­ci­a­tions but not all ap­pli­ca­tions were valid

Costa Blanca News (South Edition) - - Social Scene -

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

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