ΘΑλΕΙΑ 2021-2027

Other Co-financed Programmes

Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived

The Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) supports EU countries’ actions to provide food and/or basic material assistance to the most deprived.

This includes food, clothing and other essential items for personal use, e.g. shoes, personal hygiene items.

Material assistance needs to go hand in hand with social inclusion measures, such as guidance and support to help people out of poverty.

National authorities may also support non-material assistance to the most deprived people, to help them integrate better into society.

The Table below provides summary information on the projects included in the Operational Programme «Food and/or Basic Material Assistance 2014-2020». 

Project Beneficiary Project Budget EU Contribution (85%) Type of material assistance
Baby’s Dowry
Social Welfare Services, Deputy Ministry of Social Welfare
€3.600.000
€3.060.000
Basic material assistance
Free breakfast for poor pupils of public education
Ministry of Education, Sport and Youth
€756.259
€642.820
Food assistance
Technical Assistance to the Managing Authority
Directorate Genaral Growth, Ministry of Finance
€110.000
€93.500
-
Technical Assistance to the Intermediate Body
European Social Fund Unit, Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance
€122.501
€104.126
-
Total
€4.588.760
€3.900.446

The Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) in Cyprus

The Operational Programme “Food and/or Basic Material Assistance 2014-2020” includes two types of actions:

  1. Provision of breakfast to poor students of public education
  2. Baby’s dowry

The available amount for the implementation of the Operational Programme in Cyprus is €4,641,000.

Provision of breakfast to poor pupils of public education

Implementing Body: Ministry of Education, Sport and Youth

Approved Budget: €756.259

The Project concerns the daily provision of free breakfast to needy students attending public schools of all levels.

The Ministry of Education, Sport and Youth, having realized that as a result of the economic crisis, many students do not have breakfast before or after arriving at school, a fact which may affect their performance and contribute to the creation of negative feelings of sadness, lead to isolation increasing the risk of early school leaving and social exclusion, proceeded with the implementation of this project providing Free Breakfast to poor pupils of public education. 

Beneficiary students are selected at school level by a statutory committee based on a process and criteria determined by the relevant Ministry and registered on an electronic platform.

Criteria and selection process

The selection of the beneficiaries is the responsibility of the Advisory Committee of each school unit. The composition, responsibilities, and operation of the Advisory Committees are defined by Law.

The School Advisory Committee includes representatives of the local Parents’ Association, the Teaching Staff, while depending on the case, representatives of the community or the Church are also invited to participate.

The members of the Advisory Committee examine specific criteria that have been agreed and approved by the Ministry of Education, Sports and Youth after consultation with the involved parties (Stakeholders), and issued in a Ministry circular. These criteria are:

(A) The parents/guardians of the children are Guaranteed Minimum Income (GMI) recipients or deprived/unemployed.

(B) The children are orphans and face financial difficulties.

(C) The children belong to single-parent or large families with financial problems.

(D) The children come from families that face financial difficulties.

It is noted that the provision of free breakfast to students is done with great discretion, with absolute confidentiality and with full respect for their dignity.

Baby’s dowry

Implementing Body: Social Welfare Services, Deputy Ministry of Social Welfare

Approved Budget: €3.600.000

The Project concerns the provision of a package that includes specific basic consumer goods for the needs of infants and babies.  In particular, the Baby’s Dowry package includes equipment (stroller, baby bed, mattress for baby bed, baby bath tub, changing table, etc.), linens, baby diapers and personal hygiene and care items for babies.

The distribution / delivery and assembly of the products takes place at the beneficiaries’ house.

A precondition for receiving the package is to attend a presentation in the context of Accompanying Measures on the topic of “Strengthening Parenting Skills”.  

The presentations aim:

  • The strengthening of parenting skills.
  • The activation of the beneficiary families to deal with any other difficulties or needs they face.
  • Informing beneficiary families about government schemes/programmes, for their further involvement in society and the labor market.

Main objectives of the Project:

The project is expected to contribute to:

  • The reduction of material deprivation, the strengthening of social integration, and the reduction of social exclusion.
  • The better living and proper development of the children.
  • The achievement of the European goal for the reduction of poverty and/or social exclusion.

Beneficiaries:

Families with a child/children born on 1.1.2017 and after, who meet the following criteria:

  1. They are recipients of guaranteed minimum income or recipients of public assistance/social welfare benefits or
  2. They face very serious problems of material deprivation, according to an evaluation by the Social Welfare Services.
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