Good Practice

Grants for Initiatives with Time Use as a Key Factor

Grants supporting district and city projects, activities, and services to promote and improve actions linked to the objectives of the Barcelona Time Agreement: the city’s commitment to a healthier, more egalitarian, efficient and sustainable organisation of time.

Barcelona City Council
Local policy


  • Impact the internal organization of awarded entities’ working time through flexible working hours, teleworking, facilitating care and co-responsibility, rationalized schedules, and more.
  • Impact services and products for users, customers, and clients or others associated with awarded organizations to make information related to time use more accessible.
  • Train and raise awareness among citizens and other organizations in the city to harmonize different life times and co-responsibility.
  • Conduct and disseminate research work to harmonize different life rhythms and co-responsibility.
  • Develop new methodologies and data-use systems to better understand phenomena around how we use and organize our time and the related impacts.
  • Other issues linked to the seven strategic axes of the Barcelona Time Agreement: care, participation, citizen services, sustainability, education, health, and work.


Barcelona has a large fabric of associations and businesses. For this reason, in addition to directing and coordinating municipal actions to improve citizens’ quality of life by changing the way they use their time, with the present call, the Directorate of Gender and Time Policies Services recognizes and promotes similar initiatives developed by city entities and organizations.


Associations present yearly funding grant applications. Projects are evaluated and awarded funding based on alignment with policy objectives. The legal conditions of the grant establish criteria to ensure that the award process is open and competitive.


Awarded projects will:

  • Commit to municipal actions harmonizing work-life balance, personal life, and co-responsibility, and fighting time poverty.
  • Include innovate initiatives.
  • Enhance networking between entities and/or with collaborative platforms.
  • Significantly impact gender inequalities and/or promote new models of masculinities.
  • Implement innovative and/or follow-up methodologies (e.g., indicators disaggregated by sex, assessment commissions and performance surveys) to assess the impact and ensure the sustainability and continuity of measures.


In the three years, 48 initiatives have received over €164,000 in funding.

Sonia Ruiz


Director for Gender and Time Policies

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