Frequently Asked Questions
We compiled a list of 15 Frequently Asked Questions related to the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards.
1) Why should I apply? What are the benefits of winning a European Heritage Award / Europa Nostra Award?
The winners of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards are considered best practice examples in the field of cultural heritage. They are promoted by Europa Nostra, the European Commission and other partners as such, at conferences and in expert publications etc., which are in turn widely disseminated in the field.
The winners of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards join a network of over 500 winners awarded since 2002. This means that winning an Award gives access to a wide network of heritage professionals and experts across Europe. As a result, winners often enjoy improved access to networking and other professional opportunities. Many winners have also reported that the Award has helped secure funding for future and ongoing activities.
Each winner receives a bronze plaque, which should be installed or displayed in a visible location linked to the winning entry, and an Award certificate.
The Grand Prix winners, chosen from among the winners by the Board of Europa Nostra on recommendation by an independent jury of experts, each receive a monetary prize of €10,000.
The winners of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards also benefit from free membership of Europa Nostra for one year, allowing access to Europa Nostra’s broad network of heritage professionals.
2) What is the difference between the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards and the Europa Nostra Awards?
Entries to the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards and the Europa Nostra Awards apply through the same entry procedure and are evaluated together through the same process. However, only winners of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards coming from countries participating in the Creative Europe programme are also eligible to win a Grand Prix, with a monetary award of €10.000.
Entries for the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards may be submitted by all countries that are signatories of the Creative Europe programme, i.e. the 27 EU Member States, the 3 EEA-countries Liechtenstein, Norway and Iceland and other third countries that have signed an Association Agreement with the EU (see list in the reply to question 4). Entries submitted by countries that are members of the Council of Europe but are not among the signatories of the Creative Europe Programme are eligible for the Europa Nostra Awards (see list in the reply to question 5).
3) What is the Public Choice Award?
The Public Choice Award is given to the winner with the most votes, following an online, public poll hosted on the Europa Nostra website. The online voting will open on the day of the announcement of the winners.
4) How do I apply for the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards?
As of the 2022 edition, all applications must be submitted via the online application procedure. Europa Nostra will not accept any applications or supplementary material by email or post.
Please visit europeanheritageawards.eu/apply and choose the category that you want to apply to. You can then click a link which will bring you to the correct online form to submit your application. To help prepare your questions before submitting, you can download a reference document with all of the questions that you will be asked. You can then prepare your answers in this document and copy-paste them into the online form. This will help you to make sure you don’t omit any important information and it will also allow you to work collaboratively with colleagues or any other partners in the project.
5) Which countries can apply for the Awards?
Entries for the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards may only be submitted from countries participating in the Creative Europe Programme, i.e. the 27 EU Member States, the 3 EEA-countries, Liechtenstein, Norway and Iceland, and other third countries that have signed an Association Agreement with the EU: Albania*, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia*, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo*§, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro*, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of North Macedonia*, Romania, Serbia*, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Tunisia† and, Ukraine*.
Entries submitted by countries that are members of the Council of Europe but are not participating in the Creative Europe Programme are only eligible for the Europa Nostra Awards: Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Holy See, Moldova, Monaco, Russian Federation, San Marino, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
* Entries from countries marked with one asterisk are eligible for the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards, dependent on their signing of the association agreement to the Creative Europe programme in 2021. In case those countries do not sign the Creative Europe programme by the announcement of the winners in September 2022, they will be eligible instead for the Europa Nostra Awards. See the list here.
§ This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.
† Entries from Tunisia will be eligible for the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards, dependent on their signing of the association agreement to the Creative Europe programme. In case Tunisia does not sign the association agreement by 1 February 2022, entries from Tunisia will be ineligible for both the European Heritage Awards and the Europa Nostra Awards.
6) I’m not sure which category I should enter. What should I do?
Carefully read the descriptions and eligibility requirements for each of the categories here.
You can also read the questions for each of the categories by clicking on the apply link. On the first page of the online application form, you will see a link to download an overview of the questions.
In case you are still confused about which category best suits your project, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief description of your initiative and the staff of Europa Nostra will do their best to help you decide.
7) Can a public authority submit an application?
Yes, public authorities can submit an application provided they are entitled to represent the initiative or as long as they have included the consent from the owner of the heritage site or collection in the submission (for category Conservation), from the author or owner of the study or project (for categories Research, Education, Training and Skills, and Citizens Engagement and Awareness-raising), or from the nominee (for category Heritage Champions).
8) Is there a submission fee?
There is no fee for submitting a project to the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards.
9) How can I add photos to my application?
In the online entry form, you will be able to upload photographs and other additional material. Here’s how it works:
- For Category Conservation & Adaptive Reuse, you will be able to upload a maximum of 30 photos. For all other categories you can upload a maximum of 20 photos.
- Towards the end of the entry form, you will be prompted to upload the photos. In this online system, each upload can only be 10MB in size. For this reason, you are given five opportunities to upload photos.
- To upload multiple photos, you should divide your photos into multiple folders, with each folder not exceeding 10MB. Then zip your folders and upload them one-by-one in the online entry form when you are prompted to do so. See a short tutorial on how to zip folders here.
- Don’t forget to clearly name your photo files and include a text document that lists the photos together with captions and a note on how we should credit the photographer.
10) I want to include additional material to my application. How can I do that?
In the online entry form, you will be able to add a limited amount of additional material. You should add the additional material to a folder and make sure that the contents of the folder do not exceed 10MB. You can then zip the folder and upload it when you are prompted to do so.
Do not send any additional material by email or post as we cannot guarantee that it will be included in your dossier for evaluation.
11) I have a question about the authorisation form. What can I do?
For categories Conservation & Adaptive Reuse and Research, there are two authorisation forms. For all other categories there is one authorisation form.
For categories Conservation & Adaptive Reuse and Research, the author is asked to grant permission to Europa Nostra and the European Commission to reproduce (as relevant to your project) information about and the image of the work/building for non-commercial use. All rights remain with the author and we will only ever reproduce the image of the work/building or information about your project in case you are a winner of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards and only ever in relation to the Awards or in promoting your Award in particular.
For all categories, all photographers of all of the photographs are requested to grant permission to Europa Nostra and the European Commission to reproduce their work without limitation but always with reference to the photographer. All rights remain with the photographer and we will only ever reproduce the photographs of your project in case you are a winner of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards and only ever in relation to the Awards or in promoting your Award in particular.
You must complete these forms for your entry to be considered by the Selection Committees and the Heritage Awards Jury.
In case you have any questions or doubts, you can contact the Awards department at email@example.com.
12) I have submitted my application. What happens now?
- First make sure that you received the automatic confirmation of receipt of your entry. Check your spam folder in case you have not received it. In this confirmation email, you will receive a record of exactly what you submitted.
- Next, the staff of Europa Nostra will read your application and make sure that your entry meets the eligibility criteria. The entrant of the submission will receive confirmation that the application meets the criteria and in case it does not, they will be informed by email.
- Once your project meets all of the eligibility criteria, your entry will proceed to be examined by the Selection Committees (one for each category). They will select up to 60 projects from among all of the categories to proceed to the next round.
- Entries which have been shortlisted by the Selection Committees will next be assessed by local experts who will visit the site/project or interview the entrant or another key person related to the entry. They will provide a written report to the Heritage Awards Jury. The assessment reports are confidential and are not shared with the entrant/nominator.
- Entries which have been shortlisted by the Selection Committees will next proceed to evaluation by the Heritage Awards Jury. The Heritage Awards Jury will select up to 30 winners of the Awards and they will shortlist up to 15 Grand Prix candidates.
- After the meeting of the Heritage Awards Jury, you will be informed of whether or not your entry has been selected to win an Award. This information will remain confidential and under embargo until the official announcement of the winners in June/September.
- The Board will make the final selection of the Grand Prix winners, which will be announced only during the European Heritage Awards Ceremony in Autumn 2022 along with the winner of the Public Choice Award.
13) I submitted my application but I made a mistake/forgot something. What can I do?
In case you need to make a very important change to your application, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions on how to do so. Please note that you must not email or post any changes or additional material/information to Europa Nostra.
14) Where can I find information about previous winners?
All winners from 2002 to 2021 are featured on the official website of the awards. A text about the project, video material and photographs can be accessed. The filter function helps users to sort the winners by country, category, year and type of award.
The European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards archives are stored at the Danube University Krems in Krems an der Donau, Austria. Users can browse the winners via the web portal of the archive.
15) How can I stay up-to-date with the latest news about the Awards?
By signing up to Europa Nostra’s newsletter, you can keep up to date with all the latest developments related to the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards. Sign up for the newsletter here.
16) Where and when will the European Heritage Awards Ceremony take place?
The European Heritage Awards Ceremony 2022 will take place in Prague in the autumn of 2022.
17. The reference letters: who can write a reference letter? What should it contain? What language/format should they take?
The reference letters should be provided by people that are not directly connected or related to the project but somebody who knows the project and can comment on its quality. It should not be the owner of the project/building or someone who worked directly on the project.
Each of the letters should state the scope and impact of the project and be specific to each referee’s experience with the project. In the past, people with positions at professional institutions, academics, politicians and community members have provided the letters.
The reference letters can be in any language but you should provide a translation to English in addition to the original as this is the working language of the Selection Committees. You can provide a simple translation via an online tool, there is no need to hire a translator, for example.
Keep the letters concise and not longer than 1-2 pages. If possible, the letters should be signed electronically or with a blue ink signature.