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Involvement in the community

The caisse understands the challenges and issues facing its members. With their support, it can provide its fellow citizens with valuable help regarding initiatives aimed at common betterment and the advancement of society.

Your caisse supports local and regional initiatives in various areas.

See the rules for the processing of donations and sponsorship applications (in French only, PDF, 170 KB) - This link will open in a new window.

To learn more, contact Marie-Élaine Labonté, Communications and Associative Affairs Advisor, at 450-768-3030 or 1-866-643-3030, ext. 7059204.

To apply for a donation or sponsorship, send us a written application with a completed donations and sponsorships application form.

Fill out the form (in French only, PDF, 540 KB) - Cet hyperlien s'ouvrira dans une nouvelle fenêtre..

The service charge refund policy was cancelled and replaced by the Community Package on January 1, 2014. The package was created by Desjardins to meet the specific needs of community and humanitarian organizations.

The Community Development Fund serves to redistribute a portion of the cooperative's surplus earnings to the community. Following a proposal by the board of directors, during the annual general meeting, members decide what portion of the surplus earnings will be paid into the community fund. Through their caisse, members can support causes that are important to them.

Members who sit on the board of directors manage the community fund. Every year, they report on the fund at the annual general meeting.

If you are between 18 and 35 and want to start your own business, Desjardins can help!

The Desjardins caisses in the Maskoutan region are investing $435,000 over 6 years to support young local entrepreneurs. Through Créavenir, Desjardins's support program for young entrepreneurs, the caisses are offering financial support and access to credit without requiring the usual downpayments or guarantees.

Profile of a Créavenir entrepreneur

  • You are between 18 and 35 years old.
  • You want to start a cooperative or an investor-owner business or you have owned a business for less than 2 years.
  • You do not have access to traditional commercial credit.

Support provided

  • Subsidy - Start-up support
    Financing during the time spent starting your business (maximum amount: $7,200)
  • Subsidy - Working capital support
    Consolidating your business's working capital (maximum amount: $7,200)
  • Beneficial loan
    Interest-free loans you can gradually pay back (maximum amount: $15,000)

Eligibility criteria

For the entrepreneur

  • Must be between 18 and 35
  • Must have lived in a principal residence in the Maskoutan municipal regional country for at least 6 months
  • Must be promoting a business that is in the pre-start-up or start-up stage or that has been in business for less than 2 years
  • Must be a member of a participating Desjardins caisse or commit to becoming a member after having received confirmation that financial support will be provided as part of the Créavenir program

For a new business

  • Must be a legally constituted entity or be in the process of becoming one
  • Must be located in the territory of the Maskoutan municipal regional county

The entrepreneur must provide a business plan.

For an existing business

  • Must be a legally constituted entity
  • Must have been in business for less than 2 years
  • Must be located in the territory of the Maskoutan municipal regional county

The entrepreneur must:

  • Show that the financial support provided as part of the Créavenir program will not give rise to lay-offs in the business
  • Provide the business plan produced for the launch of the business, as well as the business plan for the current year
  • Provide the financial statements and budget for the current year

Application analysis

A committee of representatives from local Desjardins caisses and socioeconomic organizations will analyze the applications based on the eligibility criteria.

How to apply

Send your application file to the Centre local de développement Les Maskoutains, to the attention of:
Nathalie Delorme
Entrepreneurship Development
Centre local de développement Les Maskoutains
1,000 rue Dessaulles
Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec
J2S 8W1
450-773-4232, Ext. 276

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