The budget supplement was approved at the City Council meeting on 31 August 2017, together with additional supplements for cleaning and education. Jerusalem Mayor, Nir Barkat, emphasized: “Thanks to the budgets obtained for the 50th anniversary of the unification of Jerusalem, numerous plans, unprecedented in scale, have been executed, which are changing the face of the city and the quality of life of its residents. The current budget supplement is another pillar in strengthening culture in the neighborhoods and near the home, encouraging and assisting Jerusalem’s students and further bolstering cultural institutions in the city.”
Increasing the budget will make it possible to consolidate and expand the municipal investment in culture in the city’s neighborhoods, to further narrow the gaps in the city’s eastern neighborhoods and to strengthen cultural institutions in the city.
NIS 1 million of the budget supplement will be allocated to neighborhoods in eastern Jerusalem for empowering cultural events, with an emphasis on families and children, together with support for an education program in culture in the neighborhoods and after-school music and dance activities. An additional NIS 1 million is intended to bolster support of students. This year, for the first time, a municipal scholarship program has been launched for students who complete high school in Jerusalem to encourage them to continue their education at academic institutions in the city. The foundation will award a scholarship for full tuition to around 600 students a year, in exchange for 140 hours of social involvement in a range of fields in the city, and will increase the involvement of young people, in their capacity as students, in the city’s life. NIS 2.5 million will be used to strengthen cultural and general recreational events for all sectors, and an additional NIS 1 million will be used to strengthen cultural institutions in the city.
This measure follows numerous paths which the Municipality is pursuing to help Jerusalem’s students, enhance culture in the city, and encourage cultural entrepreneurs and artists to operate in the city, as is worthy of the capital of Israel.