For whom

Tauw Foundation does include everyone. In principle, our tenders (and funds) are open to anyone who proposes a dream project that fits our criteria. However, our primary focus lies on the Tauw Community, which includes customers and (former) Tauw employees. Our second target group contains our most important stakeholders in countries where Tauw is active. Most importantly though, we welcome result-driven dreamers who wish to contribute to our mission and achieve social return related to Sustainable Development Goals that match that mission. Thus, in principle, the tender is open to everybody. After all:

  • Successful high-profile projects and proposals benefit both Tauw Foundation’s profile and our mission. Naturally, this requires that only the best projects are approved.
  • It is our expectation that Tauw employees will be involved in most projects, simply because they have a vested interest in the Tauw Foundation and will be the first to know when a tender is out. In most cases, parties involved will approach Tauw employees to take part in a consortium
  • Healthy competition may benefit the quality of proposal, and thus our mission. Opening a consortium to non-Tauw employees will ensure this.

We only just began…

Tauw Foundation is young as it was founded in 2017. This means we still have to gain experience. This is why we have pragmatically and initially chosen not to widely communicate tenders outside the Tauw community in the first calls. However, Tauw’s preselection does not in principle exclude the submission of proposals in which Tauw is not partici­pating.

Proposal criteria

Initiatives and proposals – and thus submitting parties – that want to make a chance to be selected for financial support should meet the following criteria:

  • The proposal must have social impact and set something in motion.
  • The dream projects should be in line with Tauw’s mission and therefore contribute to a sustainable environment.
  • The projects must aim to achieve social return, related to selection of SDGs.
  • Initiatives should be innovative and aim to make things possible that would otherwise not happen.
  • We prefer proposals from consortia of several parties that work together.
  • Initiatives are preferably of a catalyst nature (a project) and don’t require long-term operational support.

Financial preconditions

In addition to the above-mentioned substantive dream project criteria, projects must meet some financial preconditions. These are:

  • Projects must have a multiplier (Tauw Foun­dation contributes a maximum of 50% of the total funds required).
  • The idea is to provide support to the amount of EUR 50,000 on average. This is because the initia­tives must have an impact and the Tauw Founda­tion’s contribution must make a difference.
  • Proposals are allowed to request a smaller amount (<EUR 50K) if this is used as seed money for the development of a project or initiative.
  • The requested budget must be in line with market practice as we do not support unfair competition.
  • We grant a maximum of 2 years support. Multi-year support will not be approved.
  • Tauw Foundation will not invest risk capital just to achieve financial return.

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