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SSE credits in the State budget left the “Expertise, geographic and meteorological information” program at the Ministry of Ecology in 2021 to take their place within the Economy Mission, constituting action n° 4 of program 305, Economic Strategies. They remained there in the PLF 2023 despite the change in ministerial organization which saw the creation of a State Secretariat for the SSE and associative life attached to Matignon.

The budget blue dedicated to the Economy mission retains the old name, stating that “program 305 manages the resources and personnel of the State Participation Agency (APE) and theSocial, solidarity and responsible economy (ESSR)” and “The DG Trésor is also in charge of implementing the social, solidarity and responsible economy (ESSR) policy”

“Action 04 of program 305 brings state support credits to the social, solidarity and responsible economy (ESSR) within the framework of the State Secretariat for the ESSR created under the Minister of the Economy, finance and recovery in July 2020.”


Sub-action 1: Development of the social and solidarity economy (ESS) and support for social impact investment (IIS)

Sub-action 1 provides funding, in the form of grants, aimed at developing the SSE and supporting social impact investment (IIS), within the framework of the priorities determined by the Government. This funding contributes to economic development policies, support for social innovation and impact investment, territorial structuring and job growth in the SSR.

She first supports the tare of networks and federating organizations of the ESSR, as well as research organizations, within the framework of the missions entrusted to them by law no. 2014-856 of July 31, 2014 relating to the social and solidarity economy. The State accompanies their actions to promote SSR, to structure actors and initiatives, and to support companies in their economic development. This support serves as a leverage effect to encourage the financial commitment of other partners, local authorities or public and private financial players, contributing to the growth of the social and social economy.

It participates in the financing of regional chambers of the social and solidarity economy (CRESS) through agreements guaranteeing the execution of the missions entrusted to them by the law of July 31, 2014. It supports a network of correspondents in the decentralized administrations working in coordination with the CRESS in their actions in favor of the structures of the ESSR

It also contributes to the operational deployment and financing of impact contracts (THIS). The latter constitute a new method of public-private financing, intended to promote the emergence of social projects that are themselves innovative. Such projects are proposed by private social operators who intend to provide responses, both ambitious and more effective compared to the existing one, to identified social needs, in coherence with the public policies implemented in the field or fields. Covered. The projects concerned are selected by the State within the framework of calls for projects and must primarily benefit economically or socially vulnerable groups, in addition to public action. The public and private investors who finance the social operators are reimbursed by the State, with remuneration for the risk taken and according to the achievement of results, quantified and contractualised. These results are evaluated by an independent third party.

Finally, it participates in the development of the ESSR on a European and international scale.

Sub-action 2: Local support system (DLA)

Sub-Action 2 funds the local support device (DLA)from decentralized credits, delegated to the regional directorates for the economy, employment, labor and solidarity (DREETS), including overseas.

This system is intended to support the consolidation and development of companies in the ESSR. Co-financed by the State, the Caisse des dépôts et consignations (CDC), the European Social Fund (ESF) and local authorities, the DLA supports through a network of regional and departmental operators around 6,000 SSE structures each year. This support, mainly intended for associations, takes the form of engineering missions on their strategic projects, their internal organization, their internal skills, their economic model, their grouping and partnership projects.

Sub-action 3: Territorial poles for economic cooperation (PTCE)

Sub-action 3 finances the territorial economic cooperation poles (PTCE) via two distinct mechanisms:

  • Identification continues to new PTCE winners through a permanent call for expression of interest (AMI)
  • The constitution of a bundle of services allowing to organize a transfer of skills between PTCE – offer of services which can benefit in particular the PTCE winners of the AMI


The credits entered are, in Payment Credits of €20,690,000, €90,000 in Operating Expenditure, €20,000,000 in Intervention Expenditure

I. Development of the social and solidarity economy (ESS) and support for social impact investment (IIS) (5.54 M€ AE and 7.01 M€ CP)

Operating expenses (0.09 M€ in AE and CP)

These appropriations cover the operating costs of the network of regional correspondents of the ESSR (travel, regional conferences of the ESSR and communication).

They also finance the State’s participation in certain events (conferences and events) intended for the promotion and development of SSE.

They cover the cost of studies intended for the evaluation of certain social impact projects financed via impact contracts (CI).

Finally, they finance certain expenses incurred for the dematerialization of the “Social Utility Solidarity Company” (ESUS) approval system.

Intervention expenses within the framework of the development of the ESSR and support for the IIS (5.45 M€ in AE and 6.92 M€ in CP)

1. Support for SSE structures (excluding DLA) (€5.09 million in AE and CP

These credits support the regional chambers of the social and solidarity economy (CRESS), research organizations, heads of networks and federating organizations of the ESSR, in their actions to promote the ESSR, to structure the actors of the ESSR and support for companies and project leaders.

2. Support for the IIS (0.22 M€ in AE and 1.7 M€ in CP)

In 2022, the appropriations dedicated to supporting social impact investment will in particular make it possible to pay the State’s annual contribution to committed CIs and to initiate new CIs.

The State will continue to support projects benefiting from start-up funds. These funds are intended to promote the emergence and development of companies with social impact throughout France, through training, networking and financing actions.

3. European and international development (0.135 M€ in AE and CP)

These appropriations will make it possible in particular to finance the compulsory expenses of representation of France at international institutions.

II. Local support system (DLA) (€11.45 million in AE and CP)

The main support system of the ESSR, the DLA supports social utility structures in the consolidation and development of their jobs and their projects. Present throughout the territory, the DLA offers free, tailor-made support to 6,000 beneficiaries each year. Since its creation in 2002, the DLA was redefined in 2018 and its governance expanded: State, European Social Fund (ESF), Bank of Territories, local authorities, the associations “Régions de France”, “Le Mouvement Associatif” and “ESS France”.

In this context, the structures benefit from a support program coordinated at the regional level by better trained DLA project managers, and from a commitment mechanism combining better fairness in the distribution of the financial envelopes delegated to the regions and a optimization of the mobilization of the ESF.

These intervention credits are delegated to the decentralized services to the regional directorates for the economy, employment, labor and solidarity (DREETS) which allocate, via agreements, subsidies to the local DLAs.

In 2023, the State will also participate in the financing of the national DLA and the various DLA resource centers (culture, financing, sport, medico-social, digital and ecological transition).

III. Territorial poles of economic cooperation (PTCE) (2.23 M€ in AE and CP)

PTCEs are formed by the grouping together on the same territory of social and solidarity economy companies (SSE) which associate with companies, in connection with local authorities, research centers, higher education establishments and research, training organizations or any other natural or legal person to implement a common and continuous strategy of pooling, cooperation or partnership at the service of socially or technologically innovative economic and social projects and carriers of local development sustainable.

They are inspired by the competitiveness clusters created by the State and allow not only the establishment of a legal and financial framework for the deployment of innovative and solidarity-based economic projects at the scale of a territory, but also to recreate sectors, jobs that cannot be relocated and to revitalize socially and economically devastated territories.

During 2021, a package of services (BDS) was created for existing and emerging PTCEs, in order to organize a transfer of skills between companion or existing PTCEs and new structures through support actions delivered by state-funded SSE structures. About a quarter of the implementation is notably ensured by the Regional Chambers of the SSE (CRESS).

A permanent call for expression of interest (AMI) “emerging PTCE” was launched in parallel with the aim of selecting the structures eligible for this package of services (107 beneficiaries in 2021), and among them, to finance the emergence of 15 new PTCE winners.

In 2023, the State will participate in the financing of the package of services and will subsidize 15 new winners (100 k€ each).

The payment appropriations entered in the PLF 2022 were 19.25 million euros (see PLF 2021: if the SSE budget has found its place in the budget nomenclature, it does not reflect any ambition and National Assembly: monologue of the rapporteur during the debate in plenary session on the SSE budget). They are therefore up 7.5%, a little more than inflation

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