€91,000 in funding (in addition to non-financial support) were given out last year at the Malta Social Impact Awards, with a mix of business and philanthropy creating a stepping-stone for projects that have a positive social impact in Malta.
Six finalists competed to pitch their game-changing social projects to a panel of judges, with most projects showcasing their impressive feasibility, sustainability and social impact.
Growing Generations Together came in first place, winning an awesome €44,000 for their pro bono mentoring and advisory services.
An intergenerational community project at Ċentru Tbexbix, GGT wants to provide educational and social activities to children, young people and the elderly in Cottonera. “The project aims to help people across generations rise to their full potential, live a better life and, as a community, walk together with their heads held high,” the winning project states.
Closely behind GGT were Step Up For Parkinson’s, who were awarded a whooping €24,000. The voluntary organisation offers free specialised movement classes for people with Parkinson’s disease, their caregivers and partners.
In third place, Blooming Minds saw BirdLife Malta and Richmond Foundation collaborate for an inclusive ecotherapy programme of outdoor sessions in nature to enhance mental well-being and environmental values. Blooming Minds’ mix of environment and mental health won €17,000.
The Audience Participation award gave the audience the opportunity to have a say and vote for their favourite project. The winner proved to be (once again), Growing Generations Together who were given all the ticket donations of €6,000.
Non-funded donations in the form of free mentoring and advisory services were given to the other three runners-up.