The subsidies granted by municipal bodies may cover up to 80% of the projects submitted that relate to and deal with the social and solidarity economy.
Sustainability, participation, inclusion and commitment to the community are some of the values that govern the so-called social and solidarity economy (ESS), a set of socio-economic initiatives that drink from the influence of the cooperative movement.
Barcelona has some 4,700 initiatives of this type, of which 2,400 are entities of the third sector and 861 are cooperatives, according to the study ‘L’economia social i solidària a Barcelona’ (2016).
The initiatives included in this alternative economic model, where the satisfaction of the needs of people is above profit, have the support of the City Council, as demonstrated by the approval of the Pla d’Impuls to the social economy and solidarity to Barcelona 2016-2019 ‘. The current municipal government highlights from the ESS model its ability to create more stable jobs and combat inequalities, both social and territorial.
In this sense, the plan of the city council – a fruit of a previous diagnosis and the contributions gathered in a hundred meetings with different agents such as companies, networks and federations – contemplates visibilizar this alternative economic model, support new projects generating stable and sustainable occupation And strengthen existing projects.
With these objectives, two calls for grants, amounting to € 1.9 million, have been launched, which for the first time will cover up to 80% of the total cost of the projects to ensure their viability.
The recipients of this call are entities and companies of ESS, of small dimension, but also groups of people with projects of community economy that are not formalized with legal form.