DATE DE PUBLICATION 24/03/2021

UrgencESS : a €30 million-fund for small non-profit organisations and social enterprises

Paris, le 22 janvier 2021

The French State Secretariat of social, solidarity-based and responsible economy launched a support fund to help small non-profit organisations and social enterprises with fewer than 10 employees cope with the crisis. The France Active network has been chosen to implement this fund.

The €30 million-fund called UrgencESS is available since January 2021. It provides small non-profit organisations and social enterprises with:

  • an assessment of their economic situation, to help them receive the aid and support measures to which they are already entitled or new financing solutions;
  • a grant of €5,000 or €8,000 according to their size and needs;
  • non-financial support via a local capacity-building programme (Dispositif local d’accompagnement -DLA) for those who are eligible.

The UrgencESS support should enable social non-profit organisations and social enterprises with fewer than 10 employees to maintain their activity during the crisis, to cover their wage bill costs and to face cash flow problems.

UrgencESS aims at supporting 5,000 social organisations by spring 2021. To ensure a rapid roll-out, France Active will rely on its 40 regional associations all over France. Thanks to their knowledge of local challenges and stakeholders, each of them will help the fund’s beneficiaries beyond financial support. Furthermore, they can provide organisations that will benefit from the UrgencESS fund with access to a unique network of economic and social stakeholders to help prepare the relaunch of their activity in the aftermath of the crisis.

Olivia Grégoire

State secretary of social, solidarity-based and responsible economy

Social enterprises are fully eligible to the French government emergency measures since the beginning of the crisis. However, many of them are not aware and do not ask for this aid: the challenge is to give them the means to activate it. Beyond information, if access to aid remains difficult, it is necessary to complement those measures: this is the objective of the UrgencESS fund.

Pierre-René Lemas

President of France Active

France Active is working with socially committed entrepreneurs to tackle the economic challenges triggered by the crisis. We mobilise our partners at the national and local level, as well as the shareholders of our guarantee and investment companies. Socially committed entrepreneurs can count on us. The emergency is solidarity. It concerns us all.

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