How We Fund Projects
Missio Malta operates through the international structure of the Catholic Church and is part of the international Catholic network known as the Pontifical Mission Societies. Missio Malta respects the principle of “local initiative” and “self determination” as all project funding requests originate from an existing community or work, often from a parish community or a religious congregation.
Missio Malta has three sources of funding for different types of projects:
- Funding projects for children younger than 15 years of age. These are most commonly schools, orphanages, rehabilitation centres, health and nutrition programs, and care for pregnant mothers amongst others.
- Funding projects that assist the whole parish community in their pastoral work. These projects often include the construction of mission stations and meeting rooms, presbyteries or living stipends of priests and religious and other sustainable projects. A large portion is for the training of local catechists in mission stations, far from parish centres, who are the mainstay in the faith formation of the community.
- Funding projects for the training of priests and religious brothers and sisters in their initial years of training, or novitiate.
The application process for funds passes through the local bishop of each diocese. Though the requests come from parishes or groups within the diocese, they must communicate with the local bishop and inform him of their request. All funding requests must be made on Pontifical Mission Societies’ application forms and obtain the approval and signature of the diocesan bishop. The bishop sends these applications to our headquarters in Rome according to the type of project above before 15 December.
The following year in May, all the National Directors of the 160 countries where Missio exists meet for a week to approve which projects will receive funding, and how much they will receive. The approval process is democratic where each National Director has an equal vote. The National Directors come to the meeting aware of the many needs in their countries and the types of project requests.
Following the May meeting Missio Malta is advised to which particular projects we are to send our money directly. Then in August we transfer our funds directly to each individual country. The bishops in those countries then pass on the funding to each individual project.