New digital social innovation subsidies

New digital social innovation subsidies

Digital social innovation. The new ‘Impulsem el que fas’ grant call includes a digital social innovation category. The application period is from 25 April to 25 May.

The new grant call to strengthen the economic fabric in the neighbourhoods includes a digital social innovation category, intended to promote open technology, digital manufacturing and new forms of innovation and collaboration to resolve social and sustainability challenges. The application period is from 25 April to 25 May, with grants available to cover up to 80% of project budgets.

The Impulsem el que fasgrants will make a total of 1.6 million euros available to fund local projects to improve the socio-economic situation in neighbourhoods. Funding will cover up to 80% of project costs, up to a maximum of 50,000 euros.

This year’s subsidies again include the digital social innovation category, aimed at promoting open technology and digital manufacturing, as well as new forms of innovation and collaboration which resolve social and sustainability challenges at a local level.

This edition also includes two new categories, one designed for projects promoting responsible tourism in the city and the other for those generating economic activity in empty ground floor premises in neighbourhoods suffering gentrification, or where commerce has left.

At the same time, the ‘Enfortim l’economia social i solidària’ line of subsidies will make a total of 840,000 euros available for projects or initiatives promoting activities of public and social interest. Five types of grants are available to cover funding, training and guidance, improvements to facilities and resources or action relating to communication, dissemination and research.

Success of the first call

This is the second year these subsidies have been made available. Last year the same call provided funding for 270 projects, worth 3.8 million euros in total.

The ‘Impulsem el que fas’ grants provided funding for 99 projects. Notable examples in the digital social innovation category included the Makers per la inclusió project by Colectic, which aims to combat the digital divide at a secondary level, not in terms of access to internet and communication technologies, but rather in terms of knowledge and more advanced techniques reserved for a sector of the population with mid-to high level spending power. Makers per la inclusió involves the educational community in the neighbourhood of El Raval, in Ciutat Vella.

Other projects which received grants included a barber’s training course for youngsters at risk of exclusion in El Raval, the L’estoc cooperative, which employs people with disabilities and sells furniture made from recycled materials and unused items, and a project to create an electric walking aid to help people with mobility problems get around the streets safely.

The grants to back the social and solidarity economy funded 171 projects, including the bookshop La Caníbal, the cooperative Suara, the cinema Zumzeig Cinecooperativa and the Escola Nou Patufet in Gràcia.