Recognised as a private non-profit foundation by the law of 2 July 1996, the Fondation du Patrimoine has become a necessary actor in saving the heritage related to construction, automobiles, natural sites, and the transfer of traditional know-how. Furthermore, on the regional level, it has committed nearly 88 million euros for work with communities, individuals or associations, which will represent, over 10 years and according to the INSEE, the creation or maintaining of 2,665 local jobs. Lastly, it finances training activities in careers related to heritage, notably aimed at young people looking for employment and persons looking to return to employment.


The Michelin Corporate Foundation encourages the activities of the Fondation du Patrimoine in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region through supporting operations to protect and promote heritage.


In 2014, support from the Michelin Corporate Foundation made it possible to contribute to three restoration projects related to the heritage of Auvergne:

  • A tower that is part of the ramparts of Billy, in Allier
  • 14 tapestries making up the “Tenture du Christ” at La Chaise-Dieu, in Haute-Loire
  • A Merklin organ located in the church of Ambert, in Puy-de-Dôme

Learn more about the délégation Auvergne de la Fondation du Patrimoine

Aerial view of the fortress of Billy, in Allier

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