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Calls for projects

Here you’ll find open calls for projects from the SNCF Foundation. Whether you’re a non-profit or an SNCF employee, we’d welcome an application from you.

What does it mean for the SNCF Foundation to issue a call for projects?

Every year, we grant funding to non-profits that are working to solve social problems. Want to get your project in the running? Respond to one of our calls for projects.

New call for projects

“Working for the environment in communities”

The purpose of this call for projects was to promote environmental initiatives by, with or for young people. It closed at midnight on 11 June 2021, and panels of judges held regional meetings between late June and early July 2021. All applicants were notified of the results by email at the end of the summer.

Want to submit a proposal for your non-profit?

Submission of proposals for the second 2020 selection panel have closed.

For more information, please send an e-mail to:

  • 44

    early childhood projects received funding in 2020

  • 49

    projects for adolescents received funding in 2020

Six winning projects

Apprendre pour grandir

This call for projects targeted education non-profits working to promote mastery of core knowledge. The focus was on two age groups: early childhood (ages 0-6) for acquisition of essential skills, such as reading, writing, counting and speaking, and adolescence (ages 11-18) to establish digital literacy as a skillset in its own right.

Cap contes vers la lecture

We supported Fleurs de Contes, a non-profit that teaches the art of storytelling to four- and five-year-olds in the Loire Valley region.

Mission Kamishibaï - Petite Bibliothèque Ronde de Clamart

This programme, launched in the Paris region by the non-profit Societies, encouraged children to read through kamishibai, a Japanese storytelling technique based on picture scrolls.

Tutorat numérique dans les quartiers

This project, led by Expli’Cité, offered academic support in French and maths to young people ages 7-18 in the Paris region.


In this project, the non-profit Colombus offers an introductory course on computer programming to teens in working-class neighbourhoods of Paris, Evry and Toulouse.

My planet, my neighbourhood

In this project, the Lyon-based non-profit Imagineo encourages students to create podcasts that address global issues through the lens of their own neighbourhoods.

Espace Passerelles

This non-profit, based in central France, launched Aïe, un poète, a project that created video poetry inspired by encounters between established poets and aspiring newcomers. The films were broadcast to a wide audience on social media, web TV and a local television network.

J'Ouvre l'oeil

Based in South-Western France, this non-profit teaches young people from working-class areas to use digital tools and discover the worlds of culture and civic engagement beyond their neighbourhoods.


This non-profit launched a project that helped young people in South-Eastern France master core skills by introducing them to the sciences and underwater archaeology.

Coups de Cœur Solidaires

If you’re an SNCF Group employee, there’s another way you can help people in need. Request funding for your favourite cause through our Coups de Cœur Solidaires programme. 

Every year, the Foundation selects some 400 projects for grants of €1,000-€2,000.



non-profit projects supported in 2020

Three winning organizations


Championed by Pascal Carré, an SNCF employee in the Centre-Val de Loire region, Puzzle bridges the digital divide by organizing IT courses for residents of rural communities.

Cadet Roussel

Sandra Cottebrune, who works at Keolis Caen Mobilités in Normandy, volunteers with Cadet Roussel, a non-profit that offers activities to children on the paediatric oncology ward at Caen University Hospital.

La Chorba

Quentin Régnier, an SNCF employee in the Paris region, won funding for La Chorba, an organization that makes meals from unsold supermarket food and distributes them to the needy.