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ECONOMIC REACTIVATION MEASURES

Check out all the resources available to individuals and families for tackling the COVID-19 crisis: subsidies and other economic measures for individuals and families in Barcelona, guidance and support and other measures for enjoying culture and leisure safely in the city.

FINANCIAL AID

  • The Barcelona Metropolitan Area (AMB) has set a social rate for water and the metropolitan waste-treatment tax (TMTR), which all families who have suffered a fall in income due to the Covid-19 crisis can apply for.

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  • Barcelona City Council has approved the terms of a new grant scheme for projects working against the feminisation of poverty - in other words, projects that aim to reduce poverty and precariousness among women - endowed with a total of €150,000 euros for 2020 and 2021. The measure is part of the social shock plan to combat the effects of the Covid-19 crisis, an emergency that has affected women more due to their more vulnerable starting point before the crisis.

    The aid for projects against the feminisation of poverty is in addition to the various support mechanisms for non-profit organisations already working against the effects of Covid-19. In relation to this, the City Council has put together an aid package with a €500,000 investment for those solidarity initiatives that have worked on food projects during Covid-19. These grants, which range from €10,000 to €12,000 in value, will be awarded to grassroots organisations in order to reach around forty organisations that have kept their food services in operation or launched new ones during the hardest times of the pandemic.

    At the same time, and with the aim of combating precariousness and facilitating empowerment, a new edition of the programme “Dones amunt” [“Women Up”] will take place between late 2020 and early 2021 with the creation of five new groups of women in the neighbourhoods of Ciutat Meridiana, Besòs, Roquetes, El Poble-sec and either El Raval or Trinitat Vella.

    Last updated: 24/07/2020

  • From September 2020, the City of Barcelona will have a child-minding service. Project Concilia, which is being launched this September as a pilot project, will run continuously for five months, until 31 January, with the aim of facilitating people's work-life balance in low-income areas of the city that are part of the Neighbourhoods Plan.

    For this reason, the new service will be open from 8 am to 8 pm, seven days a week. Special attention will be given to applications from low-income, single-parent families that do not have a strong community network.

    Each of the six venues will have the capacity to accept between 6 and 8 children per hour, aged between 3 and 12. They will be managed by around twenty full-time educators. The new service will be offered in six areas included in the Neighbourhoods Plan:

    • La Verneda i la Pau: La Pau Neighbourhood Centre.
    • El Besòs i el Maresme: Besòs Neighbourhood Centre.
    • Trinitat Vella: Trinitat Vella Civic Centre.
    • Raval Sud: pending confirmation.
    • La Marina: Sala Pepita Casanelles.
    • Zona Nord: in the morning the Ciutat Meridiana Children Centre facilities will be used, and in the afternoon, the Zona Nord Civic Centre.

     

    Last updated: 18/08/2020

  • The City Council is expanding and grouping together the grants available for vulnerable families with a new fund, which is managed automatically and simply and offers greater autonomy to the 33,873 people who could benefit from it. This new benefit aims to fulfil one-off, urgent and basic subsistence needs and minimise the impact of the crisis caused by the pandemic during the second half of 2020.

    Beneficiaries will receive between 1,200 and 2,850 euros during the second half of the year, calculated according to the number of people in the family unit and their 2019 income. The money will be received through the Barcelona Solidària cash card, created by the City Council to unify the payment of grants from municipal social services and to give families greater autonomy.

    Last updated: 27/09/2020

  • The Barcelona Housing Consortium has published its new 2020 call for applications for home-renovation subsidies, with a total budget of €20.5 million which includes several lines of subsidies: common parts, dwelling interiors, renovation of buildings with vulnerable communities and specific areas.

    Besides pursuing the aim of improving the conditions of the city’s residential housing stock, it also focuses on more specific goals relating to the climate emergency, and post-COVID economic reflation.

    The 2020 call for applications for renovation subsidies is opening  five subsidy categories:

    1. Improving common parts with energy efficiency (€6.3 million)
    2. Subsidies of up to €4,000 for improving dwelling interiors (€3 million)
    3. Work on high-complexity properties (€6.2 million)
    4. Addition and renovation of flats for the city's rental housing pool (€2.5 million)
    5. Urban regeneration in Canyelles and the south-west of the Besòs (€2.5 million)

     

    Last updated: 17/09/2020

  • Through Barcelona Activa, we stimulate consumption in the Eix Besòs area, with 15% off purchases made using with the REC citizen currency in participating shops. This campaign is promoted by Barcelona City Council, the Neighbourhood Plan and the NOVACT association.

    Last updated: 27/12/2020

ADVICE

  • Queries on the shock plan are answered and local support can be offered through this form.

    Last updated: 17/06/2020

  • The intention of this guide was to create a document for analysing the problems specific to each type of cultural event or activity, in order to draw out a set of criteria enabling them to go ahead but adapted to the basic prevention and protection measures against the possible spread of COVID-19 infections.

    Last updated: 17/06/2020

  • The Responsible Consumption Space is promoting a new consumption culture, one that is aware and committed to having a positive effect on the quality of people’s lives and the environment. During lockdown, the team joined the virtual world to show city residents how to take action and rethink their ways of living and consuming, and thereby return to a "new normal" that puts life at the centre.

    Last updated: 17/06/2020

  • Personalised support for small enterprises, startups, self-employed workers, social- and solidarity-economy shops and organisations in defining a strategic business plan that enables the acceleration of their financial recovery in a post-COVID-19 context.

    Last updated: 23/07/2020

  • The Neighbourhood Plan has adapted the various programmes in the neighbourhoods in which it is being implemented to provide a comprehensive response to the crisis caused by Covid-19. The various actions being carried out have been fundamentally redirected in their response to socio-economic, education, leisure and digital skills acquisition problems as well as those relating to the provision of care in the family.

    Under the socio-economic plan, this July the Neighbourhood Plan will deploy up to seven offices in total to help local residents apply for the various grants specifically made available to address the socio-economic crisis caused by Covid-19. The initiative is aimed at local residents of the areas in which the action is being carried out who have seen their financial situation worsen due to Covid-19, which has hit the city’s most vulnerable neighbourhoods hardest.

    Last updated: 24/07/2020

  • Expert support and assistance service offering young people aged between 16 and 35 work guidance and tools to help with their job hunting and employability.

    Last updated: 2/3/2021

PROMOTION

  • Barcelona City Council will be turning the ground floor premises at the Palau de la Virreina (Rambla, 99), where the Rambles Ticket Office is located, into the new Citizen Culture Office, a new reception space for providing support and offering advice to the city’s cultural fabric.

    Last updated: 17/06/2020

  • The rescheduling calendar for festivals and big events has been created in response to requests for information from the various players organising cultural activities in the city. This is a live document subject to possible changes, depending on how the current context develops.

    Last updated: 17/06/2020

  • The Barcelona Institute of Culture has launched a new website portal where information can be found on the measures that the City Council and other authorities have taken in support of the cultural sector. Moreover, this portal, will provide information on the reorganisation of the city’s cultural events calendar.

    Last updated: 17/06/2020

  • With the aim of providing the general public with incentives for cultural consumption, Barcelona City Council is launching its Culture Bonus, valid in all cultural establishments and venues in Barcelona that are members of the scheme, for the purchase of books and tickets for the cinema, theatrical shows and concerts.

    The Culture Bonus is worth 20€ or €40. The customer pays 15€ or €30 [+€1 for management cost] and Barcelona City Council adds the remaining 25%..

    Last updated: 30/03/2021

  • The City Council has launched its new communication campaign with the name “Buy locally. Our shops make our city”, to highlight the value that local commerce and the hospitality industry bring to the city.

    Last updated: 31/12/2020

  • Remodelling projects in progress: Mercat de l’Abaceria and Mercat de Sant Andreu. Start of the project for future remodelling work on the Mercat d’Horta and Mercat de Montserrat.

    The aim is to put the focus on plans for improving and maintaining Barcelona's markets, with an annual budge of 4 million euros. And the network’s Digitisation Plan will be implemented with a budget of 2.8 million euros. The project will be in operation between the start of the last quarter of 2020 and 2023.

    Last updated: 22/02/2021

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