Manx Govt: Overseas Aid Applications Sought – £2.5 Million Budget

The Isle of Man government is inviting applications from charities working overseas to apply for grants as part of its International aid programme, The Isle of Man sets aside £2.5 million for overseas aid annually:

https://www.gov.im/…/charities-invited-to-apply-for…/

The Manx Chief Minister, Howard Quayle MHK, says:

‘The Isle of Man has been supporting projects that assist developing nations and their people for well over three decades, and the IOM currently commit £2.5 million of direct funding annually to the international development budget.

‘As we continue to implement our own climate action plan it is also important to do our part as a responsible Island to help those less fortunate than ourselves decrease their carbon footprint. Through the work of charities this funding will also go a long way to help those who are forced out of their homes by political upheaval or environmental disaster. This is an area that resonates with many Manx people and I am very happy that we have been able to reflect this through this particular funding.

‘Our community can be very proud of what this funding has achieved to date in assisting some of the world’s most vulnerable people. I look forward to building relationships with charities capable of delivering targeted and effective sustainable development.’

Details of the IOM overseas aid programme over the last decade and a half can be found at this link. Annual reports in the pdf files in the right panel of the page:

https://www.gov.im/…/international…/annual-reports/

Projects undertaken range is size and scope and have spanned the globe. Assistance has been provided to build a clinic in Yemen, assist refugees in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan and also a range of schemes in Asia and Africa.

One of the larger commitments in the 2018-19 report was this project in Zimbabwe

REEWF Scheme Zimbabwe:

https://www.gov.im/…/year-1-report-practical-action.pdf

Image: REEWF scheme – inset Howard Quayle Manx Chief Minister.

Bernard Moffatt

Assistant General Secretary Celtic League (16th December 2020)

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