On Tuesday, François Hollande launched "La France s'engage" (France is involved), an experimental fund to finance social and solidarity economy initiatives. Headed by Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, a group of leading figures has identified 15 initiatives.
"La France s'engage" aims to encourage and support social and solidarity economy projects chosen for their innovation and social utility. Since involvement in associations was declared an important national cause for 2014, the State wants to unite, mobilise and demonstrate the vitality of a country such as France.
A group of leading figures, headed by Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, has identified an initial list of 15 initiatives to receive this support. All meet the criteria of innovation, public utility and the capacity to be generalised.
Which projects have been identified?
The 15 initiatives identified concern various fields. Among them are the Monalisa project, which combats the isolation of the elderly, the project for intergenerational living, and the Jaccede website project which aims to provide information on public places accessible to people with disabilities.
Some actions target employment, like that put forward by the civic service institute which aims to help young people enter training programmes or create a business, or that put forward by chef Thierry Marx, "Cuisine et Boulangerie Mode d'Emploi" (Cooking and Baking: User Manual), which aims to offer free qualifying training programmes to disadvantaged groups.
Other initiatives are designed to help those in need with their procedures. For example, Appui is a prevention measure to combat banking exclusion and exclusion from access to rights, Adie proposes solidarity-based micro-franchises, and HelloAsso supports associations in their digital revolution.
How to get involved?
Those looking to get involved in these initiatives can do so via the lafrancesengage.fr platform. For those actors with a project, it is also possible to be selected to receive the support of "La France s'engage". 20 to 30 actions will be chosen every week until the end of the five-year period. The aim is to support over 200 projects in the long-term.
€50 millions will be mobilised in a support fund over the period 2014-2017, with a €25 million contribution from the State.