How to participate in 2020?

Do you have a project that could be submitted to the jury of the Veolia Foundation Student Solidarity Prize? Is he eligible? How to be a candidate? What are the conditions?

This year in particular, the Veolia Foundation wishes to continue to promote projects of general interest through the Student Solidarity Prize and its 2020 edition.

Given the international situation we are facing, we want to enable the formidable wave of solidarity projects linked to Covid-19 or its consequences to develop. To this end, we have decided to adapt the organisation of the Prize in an exceptional way in order to accompany you in the best possible way. 

It will not be necessary this year for the project to start after the Student Solidarity Award Ceremony in order to be eligible. It seems to us that the solidarity projects that are currently emerging in France and abroad and that provide answers adapted to the urgency of the situation should be supported. All the projects of associations with at least one student already started or starting by June can thus compete for the Prize.



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 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.

What types of projects are not eligible?

  • Temporary projects (exhibitions, demonstrations, symposia, events), even if they are oriented towards solidarity or the environment.
  • Artistic and cultural projects.
  • Travel or stay projects without concrete achievements.
  • Projects already started or completed at the date of the award ceremony.

What are the selection criteria for the projects?

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.


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).


Relevance of the indicators proposed to evaluate the economic, social and/or environmental impacts of the project in concrete terms, against the initial targets.


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.).


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 ResourcesDepartment, schools and universities meet together and select the best projects.

How to fill an application?

The Student Solidarity Award 2020 will soon be opened. Visit our Facebook page to see more about it and our registration page (in French).

2020 Agenda:

  • March 3rd : opening of the call for projects. Registrations here (in French).
  • April 30th: Closing : of the call for projects
  • September: Price-giving ceremony


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