The call had received 200 applications, leading to the audition of 45 teams by an independent jury who ultimately selected 22 projects, designated as “French Impact Pioneers”. The winners included Acta Vista, a long-standing Veolia Foundation partner, designated last June 12th during a ceremony held to close the call for tenders launched in early 2018 by Ecology and Solidarity Transition Minister Nicolas Hulot and the High Commissioner for the Social and Solidarity Economy and Social Innovation Christophe Itier, as well as the Deposits and Consignments Fund. The objective is to select the “social innovations that have demonstrated their impact and which are ready to become nationwide solutions".
“Building to start over” could well be the leitmotiv guiding Acta Vista. The association is a member of the SOS Group, and it strongly believes in restoring heritage buildings as a means towards occupational integration and training. The “French Impact Pioneer” certification has acknowledged the effectiveness of the initiatives undertaken by Acta Vista in occupational integration, to the benefit of its employees and of local authorities, so as to turn threatened heritage buildings into genuine leverage towards social, economic and tourism improvements. “It is also a true opportunity for our association to continue its deployment and to provide this effective tool to help more territories and job seekers,” says the association.
The financial support spread over several years that comes with the “French Impact” certification will help in pursuing the spin-off work already initiated by Acta Vista to turn this model into a genuine tool for local authorities nationwide.