Green Your Building Grant Scheme

Feb 12, 2021

Green Your Building Grant Scheme

The Planning Authority has launched a new green initiative grant scheme to turn grey built-up residential areas into healthier green places to live in.

 
A new green initiative grant scheme to turn ’grey’ built-up residential areas into healthier ’green’ places to live in has been rolled out. This was announced by Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Planning Aaron Farrugia, who explained that with an allocated budget of €2 million, the scheme will 100% finance the introduction of green facades, walls and the green retrofitting of front gardens carried out by private property owners living in residential areas. Shops and offices with existing front gardens within these areas may also benefit from the scheme.
 

Studies clearly show that green infrastructure can substantially mitigate the adverse impacts that urbanisation and densely populated areas have on the environment, resulting in better air quality, water management and biodiversity protection. Having greener streetscapes supports mental health and encourage people to walk more," Minister Farrugia explained. 

The scheme by the Planning Authority (PA) promises to refund 100% of the eligible works, including all costs associated with labour works, material, hire of equipment, a 5-year maintenance plan and professional and consultancy fees. 

This scheme will open on Monday, 15th February 2021 and is available on a first-come-first-served basis. To facilitate the processing of submissions, requests for funding under this scheme are to be made by architects through the Authority’s online e-Application system. The scheme will remain open until the 9th of April 2021, or beforehand if the allocated budget is taken up. The Authority has also published a guidance document to assist interested parties on issues related to what considerations to keep in mind prior to deciding which green infrastructure to introduce, what choice of living plants can be used, as well as their upkeep.

Martin Saliba, Chairperson of the PA’s Executive Council, said that at the heart of green infrastructure is the principle of co-existence, where we start to co-exist with the natural environment instead of developing in conflict with it. This scheme is serving as a catalyst to promote and support the introduction of green infrastructure in our urban areas. “We know that by encouraging and supporting private property owners to introduce green facades, walls and the green retrofitting of front gardens, we are directly and positively addressing climate change, public health, biodiversity and community cohesion," Mr Saliba said. 
 

You can submit your submissions from Monday 15 February  to 9 april 2021.

 

For further information pertaining to the ‘Green Your Building’ grant scheme, one may call 2290 1544 or send an email on address greenyourbuilding@pa.org.mt. Terms and conditions may be downloaded from the PA’s website www.pa.org.mt

 

PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, CLIMATE CHANGE AND PLANNING: ‘Green your building’ scheme to be rolled out [Press release]. Retrieved from https://www.gov.mt/en/Government/DOI/Press%20Releases/Pages/2021/January/30/pr210208en.aspx

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