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Project selection criteria

Projects can be submitted to the Foundation all year round. Organizations supported by the Foundation must wait until support for an ongoing project has ended before submitting a new project.

The 6 project selection criteria

In order for the Foundation to accept to examine an application, it must meet the following selection criteria:

1. The project must be related to one of the Foundation's four areas of intervention

  • Scientific research into the environment contributing to the preservation of our planet's atmosphere.
  • Scientific research on breathing and on the metabolism of gases in the human body in the fields of healthcare or exploration (space, deep-sea diving, or sport).
  • Support for science education in the above fields (museums in particular).
  • Micro-initiatives for local development that help to improve the living conditions of communities in the following fields: access to water, energy and healthcare, the environment, handicap, micro-entrepreneurship, education & training, social initiatives, etc.

2. The project initiator must be a non-profit legal entity

The Foundation supports projects initiated by:

  • Associations
  • Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
  • Foundations
  • Teaching establishments (schools, universities, training organizations)

3. Location of the project

  • Scientific research: the project initiator must be based in the European Economic Area (European Union + Iceland, Liechtenstein & Norway).
  • Micro-initiatives: a country where Air Liquide operates, near one of the Group's subsidiaries. See where the group operates.

4. The project must be clear, well-structured and complete.

The Foundation examines all projects that have:

  • concrete objectives whose results are observable and measurable,
  • a detailed budget (resources/spending),
  • a precise schedule and project completion deadline,
  • a pre-determined location.

5. The project must not be short-term or one-off in its nature

The Air Liquide Foundation allocates grants to medium-term projects (at least 1 year) through financial or material support over a period of one year.

For micro-initiatives for local development, the Air Liquide Foundation's financial or material support must allow the project initiator to sustainably develop or pursue its work in the long term.

The Foundation gives priority to innovative projects or those that need a “helping hand” to kick off a lasting activity.

6. The grant must be allocated to investments in equipment

The majority of the grant must be allocated to investments in equipment like furniture or construction materials, etc.  These investments must be made after confirmation of the Air Liquide Foundation's support.

The Foundation does not pay for the project's operating costs (e.g.: accommodation, transport expenses, wages, etc.).

Applications that do not meet the Foundation's criteria

Applications that do not meet the Foundation's criteria

The Air Liquide Foundation cannot support projects that are not in line with its mission and do not meet the above criteria. The following are therefore excluded:  

  • One-off or short-term initiatives: events, sponsoring, treks and rallies, gala dinners, humanitarian trips;
  • Personal projects: grants, financing studies, survey trips, and school trips – including those that are within the Foundation's areas of intervention;
  • Sporting or cultural projects, activities or competitions;
  • Projects that are not clearly secular or apolitical in nature;
  • For-profit projects;
  • An organization's on-going activity and operating costs (rent, travel costs, wages, etc.).