The Europa Nostra Awards promote high standards of heritage conservation practice through the award of public recognition to outstanding initiatives and best practices which contribute to the protection and enhancement of cultural heritage in Europe.
The EU Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Awards consists of two award levels:
- Up to seven entries will be awarded a Grand Prize, which includes a monetary award of €10,000.
- Up to 30 entries will receive an Award.
One winner will receive the Public Choice Award.
The European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Awards are granted annually to:
- Identify and promote best practices in the conservation of tangible cultural heritage.
- Stimulate the trans-frontier exchanges of knowledge and experience throughout Europe.
- Encourage further exemplary initiatives through the power of example.
- Enhance public awareness and appreciation of European cultural heritage.
The Awards celebrate excellence in cultural heritage conservation, ranging from the restoration of buildings and their adaptation to new uses, to urban and rural landscape rehabilitation, archaeological site interpretations, and care for art collections.
Prizes are awarded to best practice and exemplary initiatives in the following categories:
Category 1 - Conservation
Outstanding achievements in the conservation, enhancement and adaptation to new uses of cultural heritage in the following areas:
- Architectural Heritage - Single buildings or groups of buildings in rural or urban setting.
- Building additions or alterations, or new building projects within historic areas.
- Industrial and engineering structures and sites.
- Cultural landscapes - Historic urban environments or townscapes, city or town squares and streetscapes.
- Historic parks and gardens, larger areas of designed landscape, or areas of cultural, environmental and/or agricultural significance.
- Archaeological sites, including underwater archaeology.
- Works of art - Collections of artistic and historic significance or old works of art.
Projects should have involved restoration or conservation of a structure or site, its adaptation to new uses, building additions or alterations, or new design in conservation areas.
The building/site/work(s) of art must be accessible to the public.
Category 2 - Research
Outstanding research which leads to tangible effects in the conservation and enhancement of cultural heritage in Europe in any of the above-mentioned Category 1 areas.
Studies, results of research and/or scientific publications may be submitted. If the study is preliminary research carried out before a now completed intervention, entrants should submit the entry as a Category 1 project only.
Category 3 - Dedicated Service by Individuals or Organisations
Open to individuals or organisations whose contributions over a long period of time demonstrate excellence in the protection, conservation and enhancement of cultural heritage (relating to the above-mentioned Category 1 areas) in Europe and far exceeding normal expectations in the given context.
The contribution should be of a standard which would be considered outstanding in the European context and may have a European impact.
(Note: Entries must be nominated by a third party only, and must be supported by three letters of recommendation from persons other than the nominator.)
Category 4 - Education, Training and Awareness-raising
Outstanding initiatives related to education, training and awareness-raising in the field of tangible cultural heritage (in any of the above-mentioned Category 1 areas), to promote and/or to contribute to the sustainable development of the built environment.
Projects should be related to education or training, or the combination of the two. Solely awareness-raising projects (eg innovative media-projects, campaigns, etc) are also acceptable.
All projects should result in local support, building a sense of place and identity, of ownership.
There are no exclusions specified in the scheme guidelines.
Entries may be submitted for projects/studies or dedicated service to heritage conservation by anyone closely connected to the entry, as long as permission has been gained from the owner of the building or site/author of the study. Entries may be submitted from all European countries. However, only entries from countries that take part in the Culture Programme are eligible for the monetary award.
Entry forms and guidelines for applicants for the 2018 Awards are available from the Europa Nostra website.
Representatives of all winning entries will be invited to attend the European Heritage Awards Ceremony where they will be presented their awards.