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Joint environmental campaign

Bankia and Fundación Montemadrid join forces to make urban allotments available to social organisations

‘Cultiva la Amistad’ [Cultivate friendships] project will allow non-profit entities to practice organic farming and develop social action and community activity initiatives.

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By  Communication Bankia

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07 August 2019 - 14:00

  • Partners launch ‘Cultiva la Amistad’ [Cultivate friendships] campaign through which social, educational and environmental organisations can apply for free access to an urban allotment where they can engage their members in organic farming, social action and community work.
  • Plots, located on the Montemadrid allotment site, have a surface area of 25 square metres and will be made available to successful applicants for a year with the possibility of an extension.
  • Deadline for submitting projects is 18 September.

Bankia and Fundación Montemadrid have launched the project ‘Cultiva la Amistad’ [Cultivate friendships] making urban allotments available to non-profit organisations for free to enable them to carry out organic farming and run social action and community work projects.

The plots are located on the Montemadrid allotment site and will be handed over for a year with the possibility of an extension to enable social, educational and environmental organisations to run projects on them to benefit their members and the rest of society.

The plots have a surface area of 25 square metres and will be made available free of charge to the organisations provided they agree to maintain them and run activities on them for their members and people living in Usera – the neighbourhood where the allotments are located. The partners see the urban allotments as a space where people can come together to improve the quality of life of those groups working with the organisations, enjoy the outdoors, grow personally, and acquire new competencies and skills.

According to Cristóbal Sánchez, general manager of Fundación Montemadrid: “This campaign is an opportunity for organisations to have access to a new outdoor space, run organic farming projects that equip their members with new skills, and also open up their activities to the wider community. They will also be able to share their experiences with other people carrying out the same work and striving to achieve a shared objective”.

Bankia’s Social Responsibility director, David Menéndez, highlights “the importance to us of caring for the environment and the initiatives we run in partnership with Fundación Montemadrid to take steps to reduce the ecological footprint and contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related with climate action and life on land, without overlooking our focus on people”.

To apply, organisations must present the project they would like to carry out on one of the allotments, the group or groups who will benefit from the work, the social goals they are aiming to reach, and the value they will bring to the space as a meeting place for the local community.

Projects will be selected paying special attention to the vulnerability of the group(s) involved; whether they include educational, information-giving, environmental and awareness-raising activities; whether they make use of volunteers; the proximity of the organisation to the allotments (neighbourhoods of Usera, Villaverde, Carabanchel and Arganzuela); and whether they engage deaf or deaf and blind people. 

The legal terms and conditions are available on the website of Fundación Montemadrid and Bankia En Acción, and projects can be presented until 18 September.


Bankia honours its pledge to society through five core areas of social action: employment and training; housing; local and rural development; disability; and the environment. The financial institution focuses its social investments in these areas and engages its entire structure and workforce in fulfilling its commitment to society.

The bank’s responsible management policy is multi-faceted and at the heart of the organisation since it links the bank’s social action with the fulfilment of its objectives. Part of this is Bankia’s priority to play a role in fulfilling nine of the 17 SDGs, including: decent work and economic growth; industry, innovation and infrastructure; climate action; and affordable and clean energy.

Fundación Montemadrid

Fundación Montemadrid is one of the private non-profit organisations that has dedicated the most to boosting and promoting social action, education, culture end environmental protection in our country. It focuses on enhancing the quality of life and inclusion of groups or individuals facing social challenges, while also encouraging citizen engagement through greater access to culture and education. The foundation maintains and runs socio-cultural centres such as La Casa Encendida and Casa San Cristóbal; educational centres; libraries; centres for the elderly; special employment centres; and several management centres made available to social institutions, among others.


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