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Veolia Foundation Student Solidarity Award 2020

April 30th: Closing : of the call for projects

Rewarding innovative and supportive student initiatives

Young people, especially students, show a strong capacity for engagement. Created in conjunction with the Human Resources Department, the Student Solidarity Prize rewards innovative projects initiated by higher education student associations in connection with the Foundation's main areas of action.

The Student Solidarity Award was created by the Veolia Foundation, in partnership with the Veolia Campus and representatives of schools and universities. The award aim to encourage the initiatives and involvement of school and university students in community-oriented projects. The award reward innovative approaches contributing to sustainable development and the mobilization of synergies between players (cofunding, pooling of skills, etc.). In 2016, a special prize will reward a project oriented « Circular Economy »

What do the winners of the Student Solidarity Award receive? Financial support in the form of a grant: depending on the requirements and specific features of each project, the jury shares a total grant of 10,000 euros between the three winners. The grant to the first prize winner may be smaller than the one to the second and/or the third.

Technical support in the form of expertise, through the employee sponsorship program involving the employees of the Veolia group in France and internationally.

Who are the recipients of the Student Solidarity Award?

  • The Student Solidarity Award are aimed exclusively at associations (legal entities) formed by students currently pursuing their studies in schools and universities (Master’s level) in France and internationally.

  • Eligible associations may have several years of existence, or may be recently created, or even be applying for their first grant in the context of the Student Solidarity Award.

  • Two or more associations can join together to submit an application for a joint project in connection with the Student Solidarity Award. In this case, a single association of the group will be designated to be the project leader and will be the sole interlocutor.

What types of projects are eligible?

  • Project types: The Student Solidarity Award is set in a corporate patronage framework. The projects submitted must therefore be community-oriented and non-profit. Contrary to sponsoring operations, the project must not expect any commercial counterpart related to the grant amount.

  • Thematic scope: the scope corresponds to the major areas of action of the Veolia Foundation: development aid, workforce development and environmental conservation. For the 2016 edition, the scope will be extended to the issues of Circular Economy.

  • Involvement of an employee of the Veolia group: the Student Solidarity Award only support projects sponsored by Veolia employees. Every project leader is therefore asked to identify a “sponsor” among the group’s 350,000 employees throughout the world, ideally (but not necessarily) related to the thematic and geographic positioning of the project concerned. To improve the chances of the project being selected, the sponsor can write a short testimony in support of the project in the grant application.


Quality of the application Clarity of exposition, ranking of ideas, relevance of the methodology proposed, overall legibility. Professionalism of the proposed approach Knowledge and understanding of the local context (limitations, specific needs, etc.), adequate balance between the needs identified and the solutions brought by the project, involvement of the public authorities concerned. Feasibility Clarity of objectives, technical and financial feasibility, realism of the schedule, experience of the project leader(s), quality of the partners and relevance of the institutional setup (capacity of the participants to achieve the targets set). Impact Relevance of the indicators proposed to evaluate the economic, social and/or environmental impacts of the project in concrete terms, against the initial targets. Synergies According to the resources required (technical, financial, human), capacity of the project leader(s) to mobilize cofunding and other outside support. Type of aid sought The Student Solidarity Awards primarily finance investment and training expenditures, but may if necessary contribute to covering the most strategic operating expenses for the effective implementation of the project (expenses, transportation costs, etc.).

Permanence Consideration of the challenges of human training and development, involvement of local resources, etc. What is the selection process? Step one: shortlist The applications are examined as they arrive by a team of permanent employees of the Veolia Foundation, who shortlist the projects. Step two: selection of award winners A jury of seven members representatives of the Veolia Foundation, the Group's Human Resources Department, schools and universities meet together and select the best projects. REGISTER HERE


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