OVERVIEW: The Alstom Foundation seeks conservation projects in regions of the world where Alstom has an employee and operational presence.
IP TAKE: This funder funds projects that demonstrate long-term sustainability.
PROFILE: Established in 2007, the Alstom Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the French multinational transportation corporation, Alstom. The foundation aims to “[c]hampion humanitarian initiatives,” in economic and social development, environmental protection, access to mobility, and access to energy and water.
While the foundation does not reveal its grant amounts, its projects list demonstrates a funding interest in a wide variety of environmental conservation projects. In Mexico, it awarded a grant to ProNatura in support of its work creating protected habitats for birds of prey and in Indonesia, the Kehati Foundation and the Environmental Bamboo Foundation received a grant for their joint effort to conserve the Indonesian endemic bamboo species in West Java. Funding for that project went toward the prevention of soil erosion, conserving endemic bamboo species, and protecting local watersheds.
The Alstom Foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications and proposals. For grant consideration, an Alstom employee must typically submit applications and proposals; however, if grantseekers do not know anyone at Alstom to champion their projects, they are encouraged to contact the Alstom Foundation Secretariat, who will try to find an employee who can play the role of an employee sponsor.
- Henri Poupart-Lafarge, Chairman
- Cécile Texier, Treasurer
- Barry Howe, Secretary