Proposals for the initiative, designed by its Foundation in Spain, can be submitted until 22 September
Iberdrola launches its call for applications for over a million euros in Social Grants to support groups that are vulnerable due to the Covid-19 pandemic
- The projects must focus on combating child poverty, social exclusion and providing aid for inclusive education, healthcare and women
- For over a decade, Fundación Iberdrola España has sponsored over 400 initiatives and given support to a total of 375,000 people in Spain
Iberdrola has put out a call for applications to its 2021 Social Programme, to be received before 21 September. This year it is focusing on helping to lessen the negative effects of Covid-19 on the most vulnerable, prioritising support for children and women, and the families most affected by the economic crisis brought on by the pandemic.
This call, with a budget of more than one million euros, is addressed to private charitable institutions that are declared to be in the public interest, have goals that are of social interest and carry out their activities in Spain.
Given the unprecedented and exceptional circumstances, and following the recommendations made by Covid-19 experts, the call for applications made by Fundación Iberdrola España covers five lines of work to promote joint projects with social entities:
- Child poverty: comprehensive support for homes with low incomes or unemployment to cover the basic aspects of everyday life and, in particular, ensure essential healthy nutrition;
- Inclusive education: to help to narrow the education gap and promote online tutoring or safe educational models and to promote alternatives for leisure and safe free time, which include awareness-raising promoting proper hygiene and social distancing measures for children and adults.
- Social inclusion: special support for children and young people with disabilities, through innovation in occupational centres and the promotion of abilities, to ensure their personal autonomy and alleviate the burden on their families.
- Health and well-being: to help the most vulnerable families and offer support to seriously ill vulnerable people and young people undergoing treatment for addiction.
- Support for women: to contribute to ending all forms of discrimination against women (of all ages) based on opportunities for access to education and the labour market. Care for women who are suffering harassment and serious gender violence in the current healthcare, economic and social crisis.
Fundación Iberdrola España will select some 30 projects, which must be in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the 2030 Agenda, following the collaborative example proposed by the United Nations in Goal 17 to encourage multi-player alliances.
Applicants must submit their proposals by 22 September using the form available from the foundation website (www.fundacioniberdrolaespana.org), where they can also consult the terms and conditions of the call for applications. It is planned that selection will take place in November and the projects will be implemented during the 12 months of 2021.
Committed to society
Through its Foundation's Social Programme in Spain, Iberdrola has already allocated over 10 million euros to social initiatives in Spain, benefiting a total of 375,000 people. Since this programme was launched in 2010, the company has fostered over 400 joint projects with nearly a hundred social entities that have contributed to combating child poverty, tutoring and the social inclusion of children, young people and women in vulnerable situations. This Social Programme has led to the creation of 1,300 jobs and the participation of 2,250 volunteers.
The Iberdrola foundation also focuses its activities on training and research in the field of energy, through scholarship programmes; on biodiversity, with projects protecting the environment; and on cultural development, by caring for and maintaining cultural and artistic treasures.