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16/09/2014 | Paris
  • The first call for projects launched jointly by three corporate foundations
  • €600,000 financing for non-profit organisations
  • All projects supported by employee sponsorship

Supporting citizen initiatives

For the first time in France, three corporate foundations – Foundation VINCI pour la Cité, VINCI Autoroutes Foundation for Responsible Driving and the PS Peugeot Citroën Foundation – have combined their complementary skills to launch a joint call for projects. The VINCI pour la Cité and PSA Peugeot Citroën foundations will contribute projects supported by their expertise in mobility and solidarity, while the VINCI Autoroutes Foundation will contribute its know-how in raising awareness about responsible driving. This initiative aims to broaden and accelerate the development of ways to improve the mobility of underprivileged and/or marginalised people in urban and periurban areas.

Mobility, a prerequisite for social integration

Commuting is the third highest priority of people living in France after safety and the quality of housing1. In 40 years, the average home-workplace journey has increased from 3 km to 30 km; the cost of a driving licence now represents five months of RSA, the benefit paid to low- or no-income people. Mobility, a priority factor for social integration, is one of the main levers for getting people back to work. However, between 6 and 8 million working-age people in France currently experience difficulties in getting from place to place2. Maintaining or re-building the links between populations and regions is therefore essential.

A catalyst for social innovation

The non-profits on the ground are already working in numerous areas related to mobility: helping people to obtain their driving licence, teaching them to use public transport, car-pooling, car-sharing, micro-credits, low-cost vehicle repairs, on-demand transport, and motorbike and car rentals, etc. The objective of the call for projects is to foster the trials of innovative and practical approaches, with the support of the three foundations’ expertise. These low-cost mobility projects may then be rolled out extensively in France and the rest of Europe.

Projects to be submitted by 15 October 2014

Selected projects will receive a maximum grant of €30,000, representing a total budget of €600,000, together with skills sponsorship from VINCI and PSA Peugeot Citroën employees. Launched at the beginning of September 2014, the call for projects will close on 15 October 2014.

For further information, go to http://mobilite-et-reinsertion.fr/

 

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1Ipsos study for VINCI Autoroutes, “Commuting for residents in large urban areas: new services to improve their daily lives”, February 2014.
2Auxilia study, “Inclusive forms of mobility”, 2013.

 

 


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