The Student Solidarity Award

The Student Solidarity Award were created by the Veolia Foundation, in partnership with the Veolia Campus and representatives of schools and universities.

What types of projects are rewarded with the Student Solidarity Award?
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The Student Solidarity Award aim to encourage the initiatives and involvement of school and university students in community-oriented projects.

The awards reward innovative approaches contributing to sustainable development and the mobilization of synergies between players (cofunding, pooling of skills, etc.).
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 15,000 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 eligible?

Project types

The Student Solidarity Awards are 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,
  • environmental conservation.

Involvement of an employee of the Veolia group

The Student Solidarity Awards 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.
What types of projects are not eligible?
  • Temporary projects (exhibitions, demonstrations, symposia, events), even if oriented toward outreach or environmental conservation
  • Artistic and cultural projects
  • Travel projects without any concrete objectives or achievement
  • Projects already completed before June 2017
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 six members (two representatives of the Veolia Foundation, one representative of the Veolia Campus, two representatives of the Veolia Environnement human resources department and two representatives of schools and universities) meet together and select the three best projects.
Timetable of the Student Solidarity Awards
  • Opening of the call for projects: January 25, 2017
  • Closure of the call of projects: April 30, 2017
  • Award ceremony: June 20, 2017
How to fill an application?

The Student Solidarity Award 2017 is opened. How to file your application?
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