The European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) is a non-profit European umbrella organization, established in 1996, and currently representing over 15,000 social and health services for persons with disabilities.
A priority for EASPD is to ensure that European policies help to finance the development of quality social care and support services throughout Europe. It is within this priority that EASPD has been active in making sure that the EU Investment Plan supports such investment into the social services sector.
EASPD understands that social service providers are increasingly needing loans to finance some of their investment projects; be it building new infrastructure, training staff or testing innovation. Many however struggle to access such loans at a decent rate.
We believe the EU Investment Plan could be a useful policy to help social service providers access better loans, in particular through the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) or other European investment instruments.
To date, there has been very little use of the EU Investment Plan for investment into social services. There are several reasons for that, including issues regarding promotion and communication to the social services sector.
It is for this reason that EASPD has developed this website to help social service providers get access to better loans through EFSI and/or other European financing mechanisms.
This website aims to provide a simple, yet detailed overview of the EU Investment Plan, the different programmes and options available, tips and success stories. It also provides useful information for investors and public authorities willing to invest in the social services sector.
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