The Caisse des Dépôts group sponsorship embodies our desire to invest in the future and support the territories by playing the role of incubator and future inventor, taking what is done on an economic and social development level for the country to the area of art.

For the success of all talents



Our initiative aims, within a selective and coherent approach, to assist the emergence of young and new talent in two major areas:

  • Culture, mainly through classical music and dance,
  • Public spaces and sustainable cities and, more specifically, architecture and landscaping.



Supporting young talents from classical music and dance reflects our role as proprietor and main sponsor of the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées. The desire to help young creativity in architecture and landscaping is in harmony, within a sustainable city perspective, with our landscaping of public space mission, our quality as the number one social landlord in the country and funder of social housing.

Involvement of staff
  • The teams from Caisse des Dépôts are heavily linked with the sponsorship operations and are regularly invited to meet the cultural bodies that it supports, as well as to attend the shows.
  • The donations of staff to major humanitarian and health causes are matched by the sponsorship budget. CDC Développement Solidaire Association, which brings together members of staff on a Caisse des Dépôts group level and, in developing countries, finances projects encouraging education and local development, receives sponsorship assistance.


The sponsorship policy on a national level is undertaken by a team which appraises the projects and presents them to a sponsorship committee, the composition of which was entirely renewed. This committee is made up of representatives from the Caisse des Dépôts group and external qualified officials whose expertise in the supported areas is recognised.

The applications must reach us by email at the following address: mecenat@caissedesdepots.fr (if a file is too large for this address, please send it via our file depository service: https://sfe.caissedesdepots.fr).

Working in the four disciplines which complete and enrich one another (music and dance, architecture and landscaping), our sponsorship policy is pursuing its shared objective of helping young professionals express themselves, summed up by the signing of Sponsorship for the success of all talents.

  • Sponsorship Director
    Edith Lalliard
    Tel : +33 1 58 50 11 43
  • Manager of the Dance Programme
    Isabelle Condemine
    Tel : +33 1  58 50 11 13
  • Manager of the Architecture / Landscaping Programme
    Hugo Dufils
    Tel : +33 1 58 50 10 46
  • Manager of the Classical Music Programme
    Pascale Serpette
    Tel : +33 1 58 50 11 24
  • Budget Manager
    Catherine Bourgès
    Tel : +33 1 58 50 11 12
  • Assistants
    Véronique Lefebvre
    Tél : +33 1 58 50 11 11
    Catherine da Costa Santos
    Tél : +33 1 58 50 11 14
Please use the following format to email one of these persons  : firstname.name@caissedesdepots.fr

Eligible projects

Project eligibility
  • The project must be undertaken by an association, the head office of which is in France. The French public bodies with legal entity status can also submit a project.
  • The organisation must be eligible for sponsorship (tax receipt authorising it to benefit from gift aid under the French law of August 2003) (except exceptional cases).
  • The purpose of the organisation, as described in its statutes, must be consistent with the project presented.
  • The association must have already committed to actions which they can account for.
  • The project must benefit a significant number of people.
  • The sponsorship amount requested must only offer a part of the project’s funding, which must be co-financed by other partners, private or public. Nevertheless, it must be decisive in order for the project to be achieved.
  • The funding requested can include a part of the operational fees of the organisation as long as these amounts are directly linked to the project itself. The cessation of funding can in no way make the Caisse des Dépôts group responsible for the organisation’s cessation of activities or letting staff go.
  • The partnership must be subject to an agreement which indicates each party’s rights and responsibilities.
  • The project must be able to be evaluated. The assessment criteria are determined jointly by the project leader and Caisse des Dépôts.
  • The project must take place on French soil.
  • The project must be within the intervention areas indicated above (architecture and landscaping, classical music and dance).
What the Caisse des Dépôts group sponsorship policy does not finance:
  • Operating expenses (holding costs, employees, etc.) which are not directly linked to the project.
  • Funding communication media (website, brochures, purchasing advertising space, etc.). This does not include broadcasting media of live shows (CD, DVD, publication, etc.) which can be subject to a specific partnership (the counterparties and visibility being, in this case, directly linked to the media and the communication which is associated with it).
  • One-off events (gala, charity dinner, fairs).
  • Personal projects.

Classical music

Since 1970, Caisse des Dépôts has been the owner of the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris which has an artistic journey that has been graced by the presence of the most prestigious artists in the history of music, opera and dance and is among the greatest stages in Europe and the world.


On this basis, for over thirty years, Caisse des Dépôts has been developing a musical sponsorship policy, the objective of which is to contribute to the influence and spread of classical music in France. In the regions, it supports a large number of musical shows designed for a wide public.
Aware of the importance of education in enabling new talents to emerge who, in the wake of their elders, will contribute to the development of artistic life, musical sponsorship now dedicates its support to projects aiming to facilitate the discovery, professional insertion and promotion of young musicians.





visuel orchestre les siècles Marie Nicolas Stofleth

Photo credit : Orchestre les Siècles - Marie Nicolas, Stofleth


Therefore, Caisse des Dépôts can provide its assistance:

  • To projects undertaken by educational/transmission bodies, for concert or musical show production projects with young musicians or professional singers;
  • To young musical, instrumental or vocal groups.

It is a contribution to the working or activity of young groups, or assistance with a project for large-scale productions in the context of an international or national level development.

Selection criteria:
  • Professionalism: the projects must be undertaken by professional musicians or ones at the end of training.
  • Repertoire: the projects must be within the classical or contemporary musical “art” cannon, making up a significant part of French music.
  • Funding: the sponsorship support from Caisse des Dépôts is determining in carrying out the project.
  • An artistic project: the groups must follow a defined and clearly organised project, led by a musical director and identified performers.
  • Spread: the productions must be subject to a minimum number of concerts - it is not for financing an individual concert.
  • Legal status: the groups must already be made up in an associative form.


visuel opéra

Opéra de Lyon

File to download – Music Education Bodies (french)

File to download – Musical Groups Young Music


Reflecting the programme encouraging young classical music talents, the sponsorship programme has chosen to support the emergence of young talent in dance in all its aesthetics. To do this, it intends to help creative projects from young companies and choreographers in residence at the production sites in France.

This choice was taken for many reasons: the role that the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées has played and plays in terms of dance, the French tradition of classical dance, the extraordinary vitality and creativity of the 5,000 dancers and 500 companies performing in our country, the small number of sponsors in this area, the companies all over the territory and the dance language university and its appeal with a very diverse public.

Critères de sélection :
  • The project must be undertaken by a programming and choreographic residence venue (CCN, CDC, Dance performances spaces, city theatres, etc.).
  • Professionalism: the projects must be undertaken by professional dancers and choreographers.
  • The consideration of the choice of production sites in the selection of companies.
  • The sponsorship can not support a creation involving just one artist - (solo) performer.
  • Funding: the sponsorship support from Caisse des Dépôts must be significant in the undertaking of the project.
  • A quantitative and qualitative assessment of the residences will be requested from the project leader.
  • Balanced territorial division for projects submitted.
  • Balanced division of different aesthetics.

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visuel le bal des 20 temps pluspetit

Photo credits : Le bal des 20 temps


architecture and landscape « Young Talents »

Intervention doctrine

As a historical player in urban policy and pioneer in transitions in our country, Caisse des Dépôts has played a central role in territory planning ever since its foundation back in 1816. Its lines of business and methods of intervention characterise the diversity of its missions: financier, investor and service provider serving the public interest.

Our sponsorship work reflects our role as a public space planner, social housing financier and number one social landlord in France. In the context of the French Culture Ministry's national strategy for architecture, sponsorship supports young architectural and landscape design in two ways :

  • Support for research
  • Support for innovative projects bearing on :
    • The circular economy in architecture and landscape
    • Raising the  general public's awareness of architecture and landscape
Supporting research in architecture and landscape

Caisse des Dépôts sponsorship is launching a call for applications to support research and innovation in the field of architectural and landscape design in France. As a design sector par excellence, architecture and the landscape are adopting new professional practices today. The aim of this call for applications is to shine the spotlight on the links between renewal of uses and Caisse des Dépôts' four key transitions.

These transitions – the environment & energy transition, digital transition, demographic transition and territory transition – are having a direct effect on new uses as well as an accelerator effect on changes in professional practices. This call for applications is intended to bring about innovative research work that highlights this mutual relationship between new practices and transitions. This is the challenge that Caisse des Dépôts sponsorship is putting to the different applicants.

This work will set out simultaneously to enrich theoretical and practical knowledge of architecture and landscape, capitalise on this knowledge, increase the level of training, qualification and expertise of the professionals involved and encourage new personal and group uses to emerge in line with ever more binding technical and legal standards. What Caisse des Dépôts seeks to do by supporting research and innovation in architecture and landscape through its sponsorship policy is to strengthen the position and influence of French expertise abroad in these design sectors, and to provide food for thought on the basis of the four key transitions.

This initiative sets out to promote the research and innovation practices carried out by :

  • School graduates ;
  • Teachers ;
  • Professionals from agencies or other structures so as to foster ties between academia and the workplace.

The findings of this research will provide ideas with a view to better anticipating the future challenges in terms of architecture and landscape, bearing particularly on territory planning, digital technology and sustainable development.

This call for applications was launched on 15 January 2016.

Supporting innovative and experimental projects

The second strand of the sponsorship policy is organised around two themes :

  • The circular economy in architecture and landscape

Brownfield land redevelopment and urban regeneration do not result in sufficient re-use of materials. One figure is enough to illustrate this: 70% of waste comes from construction. As such, the need to support innovative and experimental projects to raise awareness among project contractors and managers about the emergence of new practices has crucial implications in ecological and economic terms. The energy transition is leading to more energy-efficient construction models. The question of material re-use is a significant example of this type of use, embodying solutions for supporting the transition towards sustainable development.

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  • Raising the general public's awareness of architecture and landscape
  • By raising the general public's awareness, they can learn to experience and measure the artistic aspects of architecture and landscape. Through this type of project it is possible to develop the general public's scientific and technical culture. The challenge is twofold: helping to bring about an architectural and landscape culture, and showing that such disciplines form an integral part of French people's everyday lives.
  • Such advocacy can include participatory and collaborative initiatives developed by social landlords in the context of urban and landscape planning or when requalifying a particular site. What this type of approach tries to do is to give residents the chance to play a direct part in managing a locally defined project.

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Selection criteria: circular economy architecture/landscape
  • An innovative initiative
  • The initiative can be easily reproduced
  • The energy transition has been taken on board
  • Funding through Caisse des Dépôts sponsorship must be significant in the project's implementation
  • Balanced geographic distribution
Selection criteria: Awareness-raising about architecture and landscape
  • Significant number of beneficiaries
  • Participatory workshops throughout
  • Public feedback forms a key stage
  • Cultivating the general public in architecture and landscape
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