Although more than a third of French people cannot go on holiday for financial reasons, it should be remembered that there are several public and private assistance schemes that allow low-income families to go on holiday: holiday vouchers, family CAF holidays, access to residence. at discounted rates for people 18/25 years or elderly …
Help from the cafe for the holidays
Family assistance funds provide several types of assistance for the holidays. Either way, you need to get good information from your Caf or your MSA fund.
First of all, it is a family holiday allowance (AVF) provided by some cafes and foundations of the Mutualité sociale agricole (MSA).
With the Vacaf, your Caf can offer you a variety of aids. Family holiday allowance partially or fully covers a number of family expenses, such as living in a campsite or mobile home. As well as the cost of children’s access to a number of activities (recreation camp, approved center).
To be eligible, you must have received at least one family allowance (family allowance, family support allowance) per dependent child under the age of 20 and meet the CAF resource requirements. The amount of assistance can vary greatly depending on the family rate, family composition and leisure formula (camping, camp, hit, leisure center, rent). Relevant families automatically inform their Caf by mail in the first quarter of the holiday year. If the family does not receive this letter, it is because they are not eligible to participate in the Vacaf program.
Finally, to benefit from AVF, you must adhere to the conditions of stay:
- Going on vacation with children
- Take a vacation during school holidays,
- The location must be on the list of centers approved by Vacaf,
- The term should be a maximum of 14 nights.
Along with the AVF, the Caf (and MSA funds) distribute other financial aid for the holidays
- Voucher for childcare allowance (AVE) are prepaid vouchers, valid for one year from the date of their issuance, which allow to finance the child’s leisure time during his stay in the camp or leisure center. Terms of access, amounts and names change depending on the funds: leisure tickets, leisure passports, vouchers in the cafe … AVE varies depending on the family coefficient and the composition of the family and its number. The CAF sends a letter to the beneficiary families concerning the AVF.
- Additional social assistance can be distributed, variable according to funds.
Vacation vouchers for employees and non-employees
The forms of holiday vouchers are a benefit provided by the employer, the socio-economic committee (formerly the working council), a local authority or a public organization, its employees, the private sector and the civil service. They are paid in the form of registered payment vouchers for 10, 20, 25 or 50 euros to pay for vacation and recreation expenses : camping, hit, hotel, restaurant, leisure club, travel agencies, train, plane ticket, car rental, amusement park, museum, monument … They can also be accessed and used in dematerialized form ” holiday vouchers are connected “, A mobile application for personal payment, remotely online, from 20 euros. Holiday vouchers are valid for three years, including the year of issue.
Holiday vouchers for people with financial difficulties
Holiday Projects Assistance (APV) Is a program run by the National Agency for Holidays for People with Unstable Economies and Social Situations: Low-income and very low-income families, single adults, including people with disabilities, whose family coefficient is less than 900 euros. APV is paid in the form of vacation vouchers which can cover up to 80% of costs. To take advantage of this, you must contact the ANCV partner organization.
Program “Departure 18-25”: vacation vouchers for young people
The Départ 18 – 25 ans program is a program managed by the National Vacation Verification Agency (ANCV) and offered by young people aged 18 to 25, with low resources (reference tax income less than € 17,280 per year for part of the tax) and be a student fellow or under a contract to study or studyunder a subsidized contract, a civil service volunteer enrolled in a second-grade school or a Garantie Jeunes beneficiary.
After verifying compliance with this scheme, they choose to live by the sea, in the mountains or in the city, in France or in Europe on the website depart1825.com.
They benefit from a assistance to finance up to 80% of their stay, up to a limit of 250 euros.
Holiday vouchers for retirees
However, to allow the elderly, who are in a difficult financial situation, to go on vacation, suggests the National Agency for Holiday Checks program “Seniors on vacation”.. To take advantage of this, the senior must be at least 60 years old (55 years old in the case of disability), live in France and be retired or unemployed.
“Solidarity Holiday Grant”
Bourse Solidarité Vacances (BSV) is a holiday assistance program also run by the National Holiday Check Agency (ANCV), which allows people on very low incomes or in disadvantaged situations to go on holiday, regardless of their location, at very reasonable prices. . for accommodation and leisure offers.
Payment for BSV depends on resource conditions, and the request must be sent through the National Reference Agency’s social reference partner (ANCV).
SNCF “annual holiday ticket”
Any employee, civil servant, job seeker, artisan, retiree, etc., as well as their relatives who travel with them by train, can take advantage of Once a year, a reduced fare for a round trip trip of at least 200 km, during an annual holiday in France.
The discount is 25%, provided it increases to 50% if at least half of the ticket is paid for with holiday vouchers. Before buying train tickets, you need to fill in the application form and send it to the SNCF outlet with the necessary supporting documents. More information is available on the SNCF website.
And many other aids to go on vacation
In addition to the vacation voucher system, there are other tools that allow you to access cheaper vacations: socio-economic committee (CSE, former working council) or mutual enterprise may, for example, offer their members, under certain conditions, concessional travel, preferential rental leave, etc.
Also don’t forget to check in your town hall, department or district who can offer help in the form of a prepaid check, scholarship or other.
In any case, feel free to ask!