The council has paid 638,000 euros to promote the projects of 73 social entities from Tenerife. The amount is specified in six lines of subsidy for the associative fabric of the Island. The objective is to empower associations and serve as a catalyst for them to carry out their proposals. Approved applications promote community development, Lgbtiq+ diversity, the inclusion of Roma and migrants, as well as various volunteer projects. In addition, the game allocates one of its chapters to aid in the current expenses of the groups.
The initiative also aims to encourage social and citizen participation, as well as attend to diversity and support third-sector associations.
The CEO of Citizen Participation and Diversity, Nauzet Gugliotta, emphasizes the intention of “laying the foundations to improve coexistence and social cohesion on the Island, through the different projects that the entities have presented.” The counselor highlights that “in the end they are the ones who know first-hand their needs as a group and also those of the people who form them and those who are beneficiaries.”
They also include as objectives to promote volunteering and participation projects, as well as values of social justice, such as solidarity, tolerance, respect, equality and non-discrimination, among others. In the same way, the CEO recalls that “all the entities that have opted for this set of subsidies are attached to the Tenerife Solidarity Island program”.
One aspect of the aid to highlight is that, in the words of Gugliotta, “they allow groups to be empowered so that the scarcity of resources does not imply an impediment when it comes to carrying out their projects, which are always beneficial for citizens.” It seeks to promote “social reconstruction” from community development and turn the public institution into the way for groups to carry out their projects.
Line 1 is raised and designed to encourage citizen participation and community development. 90,000 euros are allocated to it, which is distributed among 23 projects from 17 different groups on the Island.
Regarding line 2, the one that seeks to promote LGBTIQ+ diversity, 125,000 euros have been granted to be distributed among the five projects presented by three different entities. This is an area in which the Cabildo has shown special sensitivity in recent years and represents a firm commitment to support lines, both financially and in institutional awareness campaigns.
Within line 3, which focuses on strengthening the associative fabric and the social inclusion of the Roma people, 50,000 euros are awarded for six projects by three groups. Among the milestones of last year regarding this social group, the creation of the Gypsy People’s Roundtable and the commissioning of a study to establish a diagnosis of their insular reality and the possible lines of action to undertake should be highlighted.
Attending to the promotion of interculturality and social inclusion of migrants, the fundamental content of the so-called line 4, 210,000 euros have been granted that are divided into 25 projects of 20 associations.
For line 5, whose objective is to promote volunteer projects on the Island, 100,000 euros are established for 24 proposals from 24 entities. The program that brings them together, Tenerife Isla Solidaria, already brings together 361
Line 6 contemplates an investment of 75,000 euros intended for economic support in the current expenses of 52 social entities. It focuses its objective on contributing to the payment of water, electricity, gas and fuel supplies, as well as communications such as telephone, internet, mail or messaging. Also for the purchase of consumable office supplies; insurance payments; the payment of leases, such as the rent or the community of the venues. Another part is injected so that they can catch up on the payment of municipal taxes and fees, consultancy expenses and even external audits.