Present your project

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Many associations work to help children: the Foundation can lend its support. The associations that wish to present their project can do so from 1st december 2014 to 2nd March 2015 through our online form.

Our selection criteria

An association :

The Foundation finances only projects conducted by non-profit associations. All proposals must include administrative and legal documents proving the not-for-profit status, as well as a copy of the financial statements.

A project :

The Air France Corporate Foundation contributes only to projects which correspond to its field of activity: education and training for children and young people who are ill, disabled or in distress.

The geographical location of the project must b

  • Either in a country where there is an Air France station,
  • Or in the French region chosen by the Board of Directors of the Foundation for its annual program.

The Foundation's support can jumpstart a new project initiated by an association or enable broadening the scope of an existing project.

The Foundation follows a project for one year and can renew its support only to enable grounding the association´s work more firmly in its socio-cultural context.

The Foundation encourages the involvement of Company personnel in associative projects. Projects presented and supported by Air France staff are given particular consideration.

Expertise :

Experience and professional excellence:

Those sponsoring projects are experts in dealing with children and managing projects, and are fully familiar with the regions in which they work. The Foundation accords great importance to ensuring that sponsors are well-versed in the socio-economic and socio-cultural context on both a national and a local level. Even when sponsors are volunteers, they use professional tools and their experience gives them the needed perspective on their work.

Continuity:

Projects financed by the Foundation must be long-term initiatives. The Foundation chooses to support projects which are structurally capable of reaching administrative and financial autonomy when its financing ceases. It is therefore particularly attentive to budgetary planning and to all attempts to seek further financing and partnerships.

What we do not finance :

The Foundation does not finance:

  • occasional events (festivals, galas, exhibits, concerts, lectures, etc.)
  • youth exchange programs
  • academic expenses for individual students
  • transportation and freight facilities
  • projects outside the framework of associations and individual projects
  • audiovisual or publishing projects
  • projects in the context of a natural catastrophe during the period of emergency
  • so-called operating, expertise, consultancy or local support expenses (expenses for a head office, office rental, head office staff salaries, etc.)

Project selection

Project review

Once the finalized proposal has been received with all legal and financial documentation mentioned in the project description, it is reviewed by the Foundation's team.

A preliminary review eliminates projects which fall outside the scope of the Foundation's work. It also eliminates projects which appear incomplete and those conducted by associations which do not appear to be reliable.

The lead partner will receive by email the outcome of the file.

Selection

Selection is essentially a process of investigation and widespread interviews.

Following the pre-selection, the Foundation's team meets with the project sponsors. As adjustments (in the budget, calendar, etc.) are often necessary, we frequently meet with them several times.

In some cases, the Foundation goes on site to get a better understanding of the association's work and the project for which its financing is requested. Such visits provide an opportunity to meet any potential partners, and evaluate the viability of the project and the reliability of the association. The Foundation attaches great importance to strong commitment on the part of a project manager in the field.

Abroad, the Foundation systematically contacts the Air France Regional Manager to get his/her opinion on the advisedness of Foundation financing in the country in question. It also contacts locally-based French institutions (embassy and humanitarian attaché) and/or international institutions, for their opinion of the association and the project itself.

Board of Directors

Once a year, the Foundation Board of Directors approves a global slate of projects to aid children and young people who are ill, disabled or in difficulty.

Our aim is to develop a program with some 25% of projects based in France, and 75% abroad. In the same way, we attempt to achieve a balanced spread in the types of projects we support.

There is no average sum commonly allocated to projects. Funding is dependent on the characteristics of each project.

Monitoring

For each project approved by the Board of Directors, a partnership agreement is drawn up to define very strictly the responsibilities of the association with respect to Foundation financing. It mandates the use of funds for the purpose supported by the Foundation, carrying through with the project, sending of regular progress reports and presentation of an annual report and financial statement at the end of the year.

A system of project assessment allows us to monitor all projects financed very closely.

Air France Regional Managements may intervene at each step of the project.