Objectives and conditions to participate and be selected:
What are the objectives of the Student Solidarity Award?
The objective of the Student Solidarity Award is to encourage students’ projects that serve the public interest. The Student Solidarity Award rewards innovative approaches that contribute to sustainable development and are in line with one of the Foundation's three areas of intervention:
- Development aid
- Workforce development
- Environmental conservation
Which project is eligible to participate at 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 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 soughtThe 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.