The Melita Foundation, which was launched earlier this year, has announced the first group of projects to be supported. The beneficiaries are the Eskills Malta Foundation, the Research, Innovation and Development Trust, Tayar Foundation for Jewish Heritage in Malta, a new publication on the Knights Hospitallers, and St Margaret College which encompasses nine schools in Cospicua, Kalkara, Vittoriosa, Senglea, Xghajra and Zabbar.
Professor Tanya Sammut-Bonnici, Chair of the Melita Foundation, said, “This first group of beneficiaries encompasses some excellent initiatives, primarily in two of the key areas which the Melita Foundation was established to support: the development of digital skills and the conservation of Malta’s heritage. We look forward to receiving and considering further applications through our website at melitafoundation.org.”
The initial projects being supported are: subsidised courses on Amazon’s suite of technical training for upskilling ICT practitioners, promising students and job seekers; the restoration of a historic painting of the Great Siege; an international Anne Frank exhibition “Let me be Myself”, for school children and the general public; a historic publication; and the provision of teaching resources for teachers and pupils.
The creation of the Melita Foundation was made possible by an initial donation of €500,000 from Melita’s owners until May 2019, Apax Partners. With the full support of their current owners, EQT, all of the Foundation’s expenses will be funded entirely by Melita Limited, meaning that 100 per cent of the funds available to the Foundation will be used to support projects. More information on the Melita Foundation and how to apply for funding is available at www.melitafoundation.org.
Photo: One of the projects being supported by The Melita Foundation is the conservation of Matteo Perez D’Aleccio’s Great Siege wall painting cycle, located in the Grandmaster’s Palace in Valletta