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Beijing to fund 300 social welfare projects

07-14-2010 15:04 BJT

Beijing will offer 100 million yuan to buy 300 social welfare projects, which are used by Beijing social organizations to further the well being of the people, and each project will get financial support ranging from 30,000 to 300,000 yuan. This is the first time Beijing has brought social organization welfare projects into the unified planning system and forms a new model for “purchasing services.”

A fair of social welfare projects

Like “going to the market,” there were more than 500 stalls in the hall of building 9 in the Beijing Conference Center. On the display board of each stall was a brief introduction to the projects, as well as current difficulties and demands for human resources, materials and space needed.

It is the first time that social organization’s welfare projects have been displayed together. They can sign a contract with other social organizations, districts and counties, or township or village governments, then reach an official agreement, and finally establish a partnership.

The staff of the social organization was not only busy promoting their own project, but also visiting other stalls in order to expand their “business.” At the same time, districts and counties, neighborhoods and townships also established stalls, where they announced the public service resources they can provide.

Projects can receive a maximum of 300,000 yuan in support

Yesterday, the displayed projects focused on ten aspects, such as supporting the poor and helping those who are in trouble, helping the elderly and the disabled, medical treatment and public health, focusing on the elderly with no family, the disabled, poor students, laid-off workers and migrant workers. Currently, 1846 social organizations have declared 2706 well being projects to the government.

According to Xie Yanzhi, deputy director of the Beijing Civil Affairs Bureau, the public finance department will allocate 100 million yuan through special social construction funds to buy 300 social organization public service projects, which include projects such as helping poor “ant” graduates find a job. What’s more, each of the projects will get financial support ranging from 30,000 to 300,000 yuan based on their specific circumstances.

"We will further expand the range of the purchases bases on confirmation that the projects that are purchased are proceeding smoothly," said Xie. There will be four ways that the government will “buy services.” The first is to purchase with the entire amount, for example, the project that was suggested by the Beijing Civil Affairs Bureau to buy non-governmental museums, libraries and a cultural centre to open them to teenagers and the elderly free of charge. Second is to buy the costs of the service, which will become the most common purchase type; this ultimately means that the project will raise funds while under the management of the social organization and the project is running as a nonprofit, then the government will buy its costs of activities after an approval is awarded.

In addition, the government will provide allowances for part of the projects’ implementation process and offer bonus to 100 social organizations who carry out the project best in regards to the goal of servicing people’s wellbeing.

By 4 p.m., there were 35 social organization projects formally signed involving 8,816,000 yuan in funds, official agreements had been reached on 158 projects involving 8,193,300 yuan. Moreover, 207 social organizations obtained logistical support such as activity spaces and volunteers provided by districts and counties as well as townships and villages.

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