The ”la Caixa” Foundation allocates 3.5 million to projects that promote social and labor insertion in the context of Covid-19

The ”La Caixa” Foundation has increased this year to 3.5 million euros investment in initiatives that promote social and labor insertion of young people and people at risk of exclusion and especially vulnerable to the consequences of current health crisis. This contribution will be channeled through the support of 135 projects that have been selected in the call for proposals. Social and Labor Insertion of the Program of Aid to Social Initiatives Projects 2020 which will have as direct beneficiaries about 15,000 people at risk of exclusion.

This call is the first of the 2020 Social Initiatives Program that was opened in a state of alarm, which allowed broadening the bases to include in the objectives those projects that address the new challenges derived from the Covid-19 crisis and that enhance the accompaniment of the most affected social groups. This update has resulted in a significant increase in the number of projects submitted –32% more than last year’s call– and an increase in the planned financial allocation of more than 200,000 euros to reach the total figure of 3.5 million euros.

With this call, The ”la Caixa” Foundation aims to promote social and labor insertion projects aimed at young people, people with disabilities and / or mental disorders or people at risk of exclusion, with the aim of enhancing their capacities and competences in accordance with the needs of the business fabric of the territory, promoting their autonomy and favoring their incorporation into the labor market.

Responses to the challenges of Covid-19

The call is structured in three areas of action: training for improving employability including new educational opportunities, support for insertion companies and special employment centers and promotion of self-employment and empowerment for vulnerable groups.

The selected projects in the field of training for the improvement of the employability including new educational opportunities They include personalized accompaniment itineraries during the insertion process focused on the competencies and values ​​of people and companies, personalized employment plans through orientation actions, intermediation and training, as well as the promotion of dual training. 121 projects have been selected in this area.

In the field of support for insertion companies and special centers of employment, 9 projects have been selected that facilitate the transition of people to the ordinary labor market, promote concrete actions to adapt new job opportunities to the training profiles of people in vulnerable situations and promote social and technological innovation actions for employability.

Finally, in In the area of ​​promoting self-employment and empowerment for vulnerable groups, 5 projects have been selected whose purpose is to accompany people in the process of creating and consolidating a micro-enterprise as self-employed workers and promoting corporate social responsibility actions with mentoring actions through volunteering.

Of all the selected projects, 47% respond directly to the new needs derived from the social and health crisis caused by Covid-19. In this sense, the projects address new needs such as training in hygiene and disinfection measures, adaptation of workshops and processes for the manufacture of masks and personal protective equipment, and orientation towards new job opportunities associated with job rotation. for temporary losses. Another challenge that these projects incorporate lies in the application of digital and telematic methodologies that aim to equip people with skills and abilities to know and master the key tools for their future work and that allow to reduce personal contact.

Basic needs coverage

As a complement to social action and as a result of the effects of the pandemic, 34% of the projects also include an item intended to cover basic needs in the field of insertion, such as individualized psychopedagogical support or the reinforcement of emotional support for socio-labor preparation.

2020: the call in figures

This is the third call for the Aid Program for Social Initiatives Projects 2020, which this year invests a total of 17.5 million euros also in care for aging, disability and illness, the fight against social exclusion and child poverty, housing for social inclusion, the promotion of interculturality and social action in rural areas.

As every year, the project selection criteria have also taken into account the support of Administration or effective collaboration between social entities through partnership and the involvement of the community where they develop.

The CEO of the ”La Caixa” Foundation, Antonio Vila, has valued the efforts of the participating entities and the foundation itself to respond to the new social challenges caused by Covid-19. “The new reality requires a greater effort to respond to the needs arising in a context of unprecedented social and health crisis, so it was necessary to strengthen the support to entities that make the daily development of projects possible”, Says the general director of the” la Caixa ”Foundation.

Committed to sustainable development

The 2020 Social Initiative Project Aid Program revalidates its commitment to entities for yet another year, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the United Nations (UN) 2030 Agenda, supporting initiatives that contribute to promoting growth inclusive and sustainable economic, employment and decent work for all people, especially the most vulnerable.

”La Caixa” Awards for Social Innovation

One more year, the ”la Caixa” Foundation will grant special recognition to entities that develop, based on the program of calls, projects more disruptive, either by implementing new models of social or management intervention, or by providing a transforming vision of society.

The seventh edition of the ”la Caixa” Awards for Social Innovation will award 10 prizes of 15,000 euros each, which will provide an additional boost for each of the awarded projects. The candidatures will be evaluated on the memory and the results of the projects that will be nominated for the awards.