Published on Wednesday 22 May 2024

Minister for the National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government Owen Bonnici has announced seven restoration projects concerning patrimonial heritage in a number of churches which will be funded via the Restoration Funding Scheme.

This scheme is being run by Arts Council Malta in collaboration with the Restoration and Preservation Department and was open to cultural organisations and voluntary organisations. In all, seven projects will receive financial support for the repair, restoration, and conservation of objects in relation to patrimonial heritage. This includes internal and external immobile cultural property, such as altars, architectural décor, works of art, decorations, and other elements.

“Investments such as these are testimony to the importance we give to our cultural and artistic legacy, in this case of a religious nature. We are committed to continue aiding all those involved in traditional and creative activities. Through these schemes and initiatives, we will continue strengthening our cultural infrastructure, in this case religious, which is an important part of our collective heritage as a Maltese people”, Minister Bonnici insisted. 

The seven projects which will benefit from this scheme are:

  • Għaqda Dilettanti Knisja ta' Lapsi, St Julian’s - Introibo ad Altare Dei: Restoration and conservation of altars in the Knisja l-Qadima tal-Parroċċa ta' San Ġiljan
  • Fondazzjoni għall-Patrimonju Kulturali Tal-Arċidjoċesi Ta’ Malta – Restoration of the altar of the Chapel of St Anne: Jesuits’ Church, Valletta
  • Soċjetà Storiko Kulturali Vittoriosa - Conservation and restoration of the altar painting of the Assumption of the Holy Virgin Mary
  • Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Siġġiewi – Restoration of a painting of the Immaculate Mary
  • Soċjetà Dun Filippu Borgia – Restoration of a clock in St Paul’s Church, Birkirkara
  • Għaqda Mużikali Sant’Andrija, Luqa – Restoration of the doors opposite the Church
  • Fondazzjoni Wirt Kulturali Vittoriosa: Restoration of the wooden base of the statue of St Lawrence

In fact, Minister Bonnici also announced the launch of a new scheme, the Restoration Funding Scheme – Mobile Artefacts, administered by Arts Council Malta in collaboration with the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage. This new scheme will aid applicants who need to restore mobile artefacts within churches, such as paintings, textiles, statues, chandeliers, and is open to voluntary organisations, in collaboration with parochial churches. The applications will close on 2nd July 2024.

Art Council Malta’s Head of Funding Rita Falzon stated that through these schemes we are assisting in the maintenance and development of cultural heritage in our country. “These are the type of initiatives which permit the continued protection and access to this legacy by continuing to strengthen our communities in order to safeguard local cultural identities within an ever-evolving multicultural environment.” 

For more information and in order to download the guidelines and regulations of the Restoration Funding Scheme – Mobile Artefacts, visit Arts Council Malta’s website on