12 MARCH 2019 / Municipality of Thessaloniki Presents the Results of a $10 million SNF Grant

Thessaloniki is a city with a rich past. Preserving its special character and keeping it thriving and friendly for residents and visitors, today and in the future, requires care.

A series of projects presented by the Municipality of Thessaloniki at a press conference on Tuesday, March 12th and supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) have helped provide this care. 

The projects follow five main axes, aiming to strengthen social policy and innovative entrepreneurship, develop infrastructure and promotion for tourism and cultural heritage, and implement technical projects. In his remarks, the Mayor Yannis Boutaris thanked the SNF for its grant, which, he said, has enabled the Municipality of Thessaloniki to prioritize interventions in the social and economic life of the city for the benefit of citizens, without burdening its regular budget.

Panos Papoulias, Chief Operating Officer of the Athens SNF Office, said: “The grant, totaling €10 million, by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation to the Municipality of Thessaloniki is part of the Grants Against the Greek Crisis Initiative, which aims to help alleviate the severe consequences of the socioeconomic crisis in Greece, assisting those most in need. The total budget of the Initiative is €300 million. In this effort, the SNF recognizes the challenges faced by the population of large urban centers, as well as the important role that cities play in addressing economic and social challenges, both at the national and the international level. The SNF grant to the Municipality of Thessaloniki included support for housing and homelessness programs, educational programs, and infrastructure projects, among others, and was implemented in cooperation with a multitude of institutions and organizations in the city with a view to address both short-term and long-term prospects. It is our hope that these programs have helped to alleviate the effects of the crisis, and that they will contribute to a long-term improvement in the lives of the city’s residents.”