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Ministry for Social Affairs Supports Female Initiative

Minister for Social Affairs Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir presented 56 projects organized by women with sponsorships worth a total of ISK 50 million (USD 355,000, EUR 281,000) at a special ceremony in the Culture House – the National Center for Cultural Heritage yesterday.

The ministry received 246 applications for sponsorship from all around the country, ruv.is reports.

Minister for Social Affairs Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir speaking at parliament. Copyright: Páll Kjartansson.

The ministry provides financial support to female initiatives every year, but this year, the amount granted to innovative projects was increased considerably—to more than double last year’s amount.

The projects very varied, with food projects, design projects and projects in the social services. Ten applicants were presented with the highest grant, ISK 2 million each (USD 14,000, EUR 11,000).

These projects include the following:

Hanna Lára Steinson and Dögg Káradóttir received a grant for their project Bjarnalundur, which includes offering flexible short-term and recreational admissions for Alzheimer patients.

Jóhanna B. Thorvaldsdóttir received a support for her Geitfjársetur, goat center, where she will breed Icelandic goats, make goat products and sell them at the center as well as in selected stores. The project is aimed at saving the Icelandic goat stock, which only counts 500 animals.

Designer Dagný Alda Steinsdóttir received a grant for her company Alda Design, which designs and produces tiles for floors and walls from Icelandic concrete.

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