Access to Essential Services Grant

The Fondation SUEZ

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Next deadline: Apr 30, 2020

Later deadlines: Oct 30, 2020

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: General Operating Expense, Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Afghanistan; Albania; Algeria; Angola; Argentina Show all

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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Our Areas of Action

Improving the living conditions and autonomy of populations through access to essential services and social integration The Fonds SUEZ Initiatives supports decisive actions to develop access to essential services (water, sanitation and waste) for underprivileged populations in developing countries, and supporting the integration of vulnerable populations in France through education and employment. Their actions contribute to the achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Our mission: to encourage social inclusion

By supporting our partners’ projects, we are favouring access to essential services – water, sanitation and waste management – for underprivileged populations in developing countries. In France, we are combating social exclusion whilst respecting the participation and dignity of all.

Access to essential services

Support sustainable and replicable actions to reinforce the independence of underprivileged populations in developing countries


The Fondation SUEZ wants to contribute towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

These 17 Goals build on the results of the Millennium Development Goals by encompassing new concerns such as climate change, peace and justice, among other priorities. All of these Goals are closely interlinked; the success of one Goal often depending on the resolution of problems generally associated with another Goal.

Based on partnership and pragmatism, the SDGs aim to improve the living conditions of populations whilst making the right choices to lastingly improve the fate of future generations from the very outset. Every country is asked to follow a process with clear targets in keeping with its priorities and global ecological challenges.

The SDGs constitute a programme which is designed to ensure that no-one is cast aside. They aim to eradicate poverty by tackling its causes and to bring people together to really change things as much for populations as for the planet. 

According to the United Nations, the scarcity of water affects more than 40 % of the world’s population, a worrying proportion which is more than likely to increase owing to the global rise in temperature as a result of climate change. Since 1990, 2.1 billion more people now benefit from better access to water and sanitation services. However, the depletion of drinking water resources remains a major concern which affects all of the continents.

Ensuring a universal and fair access to drinking water, at an affordable price, by 2030, requires investments in adequate infrastructures, sanitation facilities to be put in place and hygiene to be promoted at every level.

Today, more than one third of the world’s population still lives without a toilet and 1.8 billion people consume water which is contaminated with faecal matter. Every day 1000 children die from diarrheal diseases owing to poor sanitation, mediocre hygiene or dirty water.

More than half of the world’s population does not have access to a domestic waste collection service and approximately 4 billion people use illegal or unregulated waste tips, which serve as the dumping ground for more than 40% of the waste produced at a global level. 

Location / implementation zone

For access to essential service projects, the Fondation supports projects implemented in developing countries. It does not intervene in so-called developed countries within the context of the domain considered. The Fondation is looking to focus its actions on problems encountered in urban and peri-urban areas: projects meeting this criterion will be studied as a matter of priority. However, projects in rural settings will not be disregarded if they permit the management of the services provided to be structured on a long-term basis.

The Fondation supports projects at a global level, including in zones where for safety reasons, it will not be able to send personnel for project evaluation missions. 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • The Fondation supports projects proposed by project initiators with an associative legal status and which have been legally established for at least one year prior to the date of the submission of the project application. 
  • The Fondation can award up to 50% of the project’s total budget. 
  • The Fondation considers applications from both once-only projects and multi-year projects.
    • It does however only support associations, organisations or institutions having proven the relevance of their action and the durability of their results. 


  • The Fondation attaches a great deal of importance to how actions are relayed on the site of intervention and gives priority to applicants which possess local divisions or which report a very close partnership with a local structure. 
  • Similarly, particular attention will be paid to:
    • The clearly identified demand and the determination of the populations concerned to contribute towards maintaining the service or activity to be created,
    • Whether or not the project is of general interest,
    • The commitment and support shown towards the project by local stakeholders: user associations, local resident communities, local authorities etc.
    • The correspondence of the project with the national or regional policies adopted in the domain considered,
    • Coherency with the other projects implemented on the same theme in the same geographical zone; for access to essential service projects: resource preservation, integrated management of the receiving environment, collection and treatment management…
    • The search for efficiency and the sustainable improvement in the living conditions of populations as part of a development process which respects the environment, 
    • The search for the sustainability of actions thanks to the relevance of the prior assessment designed to measure the impacts of the project’s achievements
    • Impact measuring thanks to indicators and assessment mechanisms based on transparency, in conjunction – where possible – with the authorities in the countries concerned,
    • The introduction of post-project monitoring,
    • And, particularly for projects relating to access to essential services, the existence of training to improve and manage services, personnel training and awareness-raising actions among local populations with respect to health and hygiene


  • The Fondation does not support projects developed by individuals. 
  • The Fondation does not support projects for which it would be the sole backer. 
  • The SUEZ Fondation does NOT finance:
    • Projects which do not come within the scope of intervention of the Fondation and which do not meet the above-listed criteria.
    • Projects requiring more than 50% of their financing to be provided by the Fondation.
    • Personal projects, projects initiated by student associations, trips, educational grants, study trips, work placements, university theses and dissertations.
    • Projects already carried out (except in the case of the projects rewarded by the SUEZ– Institut de France Awards).
    • Projects for which a major part of the budget serves to finance their functioning.
    • Projects developed by individuals.
    • Communication actions or projects with a promotional or publicity objective.
    • Editorial projects or cinematographic productions.
    • Projects with no other partners.