International call for projects: 2018 Solidarity FabLabs

In 2014, the Orange Foundation launched major digital education programmes to provide new opportunities to young people at risk and vulnerable women, based mainly on digital technology.
As soon as the Fablab’s movement emerged, we used the enthusiasm behind the approach to help bring digital technology to young unemployed people at risk through our Solidarity FabLab programme. FabLabs are a place of innovation, where individuals learn and understand digital technology in an original and collaborative way.

It is a wonderful opportunity for them to develop digital skills and prepare themselves for the professions of the future. We know that the way people learn in FabLabs, which is based on doing and sharing, is a powerful driver to increase young people’s confidence and self-esteem.
Building on these aspects, we want to draw in young people and raise their awareness - and for the highly motivated among them, offer digital fabrication training that capitalises on their skills, totally free of charge for them.



So far, the Orange Foundation has supported 73 Solidarity FabLabs in France and worldwide in 11 countries: Spain, Poland, Tunisia, Morocco, Madagascar, Senegal, Egypt, Cameroun, Ivory Coast, Belgium and Slovakia.

The Orange Foundation is launching a fourth international call for Solidarity Fablab projects, opened in countries where the Orange Group is involved (outside of France).


Organizations are invited to propose one or more Solidarity Fablab projects (creation or development) as part of the Orange Foundation’s call for projects.

Call for projects schedule:

  • start: April, 20 2018
  • end: June, 15 2018
  • selection committee meeting: early July 2018

Total budget: €300,000


It is important for the project to describe:

  • the choice of the Fablab to lead the action with young people in difficulty without work?
  • the partners of the project
  • for new FabLabs, the economic and social background of the project and the relevance within the local context
  • in the case of a development of training courses, the content, the duration, the educational objectives of these courses

The Orange Foundation pays particular attention to the solidarity actions that the FabLab will undertake for jobless youths at risk, and the implementation of specific educational programmes that are free of charge for them.

The project should include a large number of beneficiaries, and should stay within the requested budget. The project should enable the young people to develop new skills.

The project’s supporting structure must have legitimacy in the digital world and ideally be associated with other youth insertion associations. It must also have the status of association or NGO. It can also have a partnership with a company that allows young people to be involved in the professional world (either through the project or through training ...).

The project’s budget required must be realistic and should not include general operating costs or the wages of its permanent staff. For new FabLabs, the Orange Foundation can contribute to financing the equipment and helping the FabLab launch its activity. As part of a training program, only the expenses directly related to the training will be covered (the development of the training program, the accompaniment of young people during the training, the purchase of equipment for the realization of training, ... ).

The project must be conform to the Orange company image
The Orange Foundation will pay special attention to projects that encourage the involvement of Orange employee volunteers.

The key criteria:

  • the relevance of the project and the involvement of other partners
  • a project for young people in integration
  • the implementation capacity and a realistic budget
  • the durability of the project

Attachments to file:

  • The completed submission form (attached).
  • The project budget (attached)
  • The provisional profit and loss statement
  • The project schedule (attached)
  • The statutes of the NGO
  • The budget of the NGO
  • The NGO’s annual report
  • The auditor’s report


Where to submit your project?

Projects must be submitted online before June, 15 2018.