COVID-19: support for associations in the social sphere
In light of the economic repercussions of the measures taken by the Confederation to combat the coronavirus, specific support is provided to associations in the social sphere subsidised by the City of Geneva.
The Administrative Council has taken a number of measures to mitigate the economic pressure in areas within its purview. These measures will be re-evaluated as the situation requires.
The Department of Social Cohesion and Solidarity is maintaining all nominative subsidies intended for associations operating in the social sphere, subject to certain recommendations.
Reports on 2020 accounts
The reports on the 2020 accounts of subsidised organisations must provide clear and detailed information concerning the elements relating to the effects of the COVID-19 crisis, in particular:
- the amounts not spent due to the cancellation or postponement of events and happenings;
- the subsidies or aid received from the Confederation, the Canton or other bodies specific to the crisis;
- the costs of commitments to be honoured relating to events, happenings or activities that have been cancelled or postponed;
- any additional costs, etc.
Mitigating the financial effects of the crisis
In accordance with the recommendations of the Confederation and the State of Geneva, organisations employing staff must take all possible measures with a view to mitigating the financial effects of COVID-19 on their structure.
In particular, they are advised to make use of:
- the system of reduction of working hours (RHT) provided for under the federal law on unemployment, which guarantees that the unemployment fund covers 80% of the salary paid despite a lack of activity on the part of the employee(s) concerned;
- other cantonal or federal aid or indemnities proposed by the relevant authorities in relation to the current health crisis.
Furthermore, the Department of Social Cohesion and Solidarity recommends that subsidised associations continue to pay salaries in full insofar as they receive RHT allowances. This means that the association covers the remaining 20% of the salary corresponding to the loss of activity by the employee(s).
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The reallocation of funds paid by the City of Geneva is subject to a written request and must be approved by the Administrative Council or the supervising magistrate. According to the regulation governing the conditions for granting municipal subsidies (LC 21 195, art. 11), the full or partial restitution of unused subsidies can be requested.
Survey of needs in the associative sphere
The Department of Social Cohesion and Solidarity has sent all associations a questionnaire with a view to evaluating the impacts of the crisis on their situation, drawing the relevant conclusions and working with them to determine their needs and the priority actions to be implemented.
The directors of subsidised associations in the social sphere are invited to notify the Associative Life Unit (UVA) of each specific situation requiring adaptations. The UVA team, and in particular Inès Légeret Coulibaly, the unit’s new head, will be happy to answer any questions and help associations find the necessary solutions.
Article modifié le 25.05.2020 à 13:06