Tuesday, 25 January, 2022

Poverty: 100 million will be distributed to associations


The funding promised as part of the recovery plan will arrive from next April and will last until 2022. Two calls for projects will be launched.

Prime Minister Jean Castex and Minister of Health Olivier Véran were to go to the Restos du Coeur on Tuesday for the launch of the winter campaign.

This Tuesday, the Restos du coeur launch their 36th food aid campaign for people in need. While Social Security registers 3,000 new RSA requests per day due to the crisis caused by the coronavirus, the Prime Minister, Jean Castex, and the Minister of Solidarity, Olivier Véran, have planned to visit one of the centers of the association, in Asnières. This will be an opportunity for them to launch a first call for projects endowed with 50 million euros, in order to finance associative projects to fight against poverty, in addition to the new strategy presented at the end of October.

These subsidies were announced as part of the recovery plan in September, but they had little impact because they do not weigh heavily in the global envelope of 100 billion. In total, 100 million have been planned to support associations. For the first 50 million, applications must be submitted before January 15, the results will be communicated on March 23 and the agreements signed on April 8. A second call for projects of 50 million will take place in mid-2021, for the release of funds in January 2022.

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Long procedures, while the social emergency is already there. But at Olivier Véran’s office, we explain that we wanted to allow little-known associations to move up to the next level, and above all not to give up the accusations of lack of transparency that the payment of large sums could have entailed. In normal times, food aid receives for example 4.7 million euros. “Never in the history of the Republic the State has put so much money to help associations”, says one in the entourage of Olivier Véran. The call for projects was designed very ” quickly “ compared to usual practices, adds this source, and it could not be initiated earlier, the state services being overwhelmed by the daily management of the Covid.

Two thirds of local projects

Funding decisions will be made locally, with the goal being that two-thirds support local projects. A tenth of the sums will go overseas. The funds will be distributed over the territory according to the number of inhabitants living below the poverty line.

Three types of files will be supported. First, “Innovative projects” : setting up a meeting space for precarious young people, advising households on the management of their budget, bringing the homeless closer to services and residents of their neighborhood, welcoming the homeless with their dog, etc. Second, access to essential goods: create food buses, set up purchasing groups in lower-income neighborhoods, etc. Third, modernize the information systems of associations.

The funding promised as part of the recovery plan will arrive from next April and will last until 2022. Two calls for projects will be launched.

Prime Minister Jean Castex and Minister of Health Olivier Véran were to go to the Restos du Coeur on Tuesday for the launch of the winter campaign.

This Tuesday, the Restos du coeur launch their 36th food aid campaign for people in need. While Social Security registers 3,000 new RSA requests per day due to the crisis caused by the coronavirus, the Prime Minister, Jean Castex, and the Minister of Solidarity, Olivier Véran, have planned to visit one of the centers of the association, in Asnières. This will be an opportunity for them to launch a first call for projects endowed with 50 million euros, in order to finance associative projects to fight against poverty, in addition to the new strategy presented at the end of October.

These subsidies were announced as part of the recovery plan in September, but they had little impact because they do not weigh heavily in the global envelope of 100 billion. In total, 100 million have been planned to support associations. For the first 50 million, applications must be submitted before January 15, the results will be communicated on March 23 and the agreements signed on April 8. A second call for projects of 50 million will take place in mid-2021, for the release of funds in January 2022.

Read also:

In the midst of a health crisis, the difficult mission of Restos du coeur

Long procedures, while the social emergency is already there. But at Olivier Véran’s office, we explain that we wanted to allow little-known associations to move up to the next level, and above all not to give up the accusations of lack of transparency that the payment of large sums could have entailed. In normal times, food aid receives for example 4.7 million euros. “Never in the history of the Republic the State has put so much money to help associations”, says one in the entourage of Olivier Véran. The call for projects was designed very ” quickly “ compared to usual practices, adds this source, and it could not be initiated earlier, the state services being overwhelmed by the daily management of the Covid.

Two thirds of local projects

Funding decisions will be made locally, with the goal being that two-thirds support local projects. A tenth of the sums will go overseas. The funds will be distributed over the territory according to the number of inhabitants living below the poverty line.

Three types of files will be supported. First, “Innovative projects” : setting up a meeting space for precarious young people, advising households on the management of their budget, bringing the homeless closer to services and residents of their neighborhood, welcoming the homeless with their dog, etc. Second, access to essential goods: create food buses, set up purchasing groups in lower-income neighborhoods, etc. Third, modernize the information systems of associations.