The annual awards provide financial prizes and public recognition to outstanding initiatives and best practices by either individuals or organisations that contribute to the protection and enhancement of cultural heritage in Europe.
The European Heritage Awards were launched in 2002 by the European Commission as part of the implementation of the Culture Programme. The awards are supported by the European Commission in the framework of the Culture Programme and are granted annually in four categories; Conservation; Research; Dedicated service by individuals or organisations; Education, training and awareness.
For 2020/21, two ILUCIDARE Special Prizes per year will be awarded: one for cultural heritage-led innovation and one for cultural heritage-led diplomacy. The winners of these prizes will be selected from among the submitted eligible entries to the four categories of the European Heritage Awards/Europa Nostra Awards.
Entries may be submitted from all countries that take part in the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. 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.
Up to 30 entries throughout Europe will receive a certificate as well as a bronze wall plaque to be put up at the awarded building or heritage site. Up to four of these will also be awarded a Grand Prize, which includes a monetary award of €10,000.
The winners of the ILUCIDARE Special Prizes will receive:
Entry forms and guidelines for applicants are available for download from the Europa Nostra website.
The 2020 Awards deadline is 1 October 2019.