europa nostra 2021

2021 European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards open for applications

Apply for the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards 2021, plus vote in the Public Choice Awards featuring the 2020 Laureates 

The European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards, supported by Creative Europe, are Europe’s highest honour in the field of heritage. The Awards recognise excellence in conservation projects and in research; celebrate the most dedicated heritage professionals and volunteers; as well as identifying the finest awareness raising, training and educational programmes. The deadline for applications is 1 October 2020 and UK organisations are eligible to apply. 

Up to 30 remarkable heritage achievements from all over Europe are awarded in the 2021 edition. Up to 4 laureates will receive a Grand Prix and €10,000 each; one will be granted the Public Choice Award, chosen through an online vote conducted by Europa Nostra. In addition, two “Ilucudare Special Prizes” will be awarded to one of the applications for excellence in heritage-led innovation and international relations. All the winners will be celebrated at a special European Heritage Awards Ceremony.


Are you interested in applying for the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards 2021? Register here to attend a webinar on Thursday 3 September 2020 from 13:00 to 14:00 CET, hosted by the Awards department of Europa Nostra. 

To discover more about last year's inspiring winners, read the 2020 Laureates Awards Publication, with a cover featuring The Iron Bridge, Shropshire (English Heritage) - the UK winner for Conservation. 

Vote by 1 September in the 2020 Public Choice Award to help select a public vote winner from last year's list of successful projects, including The Iron Bridge.


In further good news for the UK heritage sector, UK-based organisation Friends of Czech Heritage was one of 6 shortlisted projects for the 2020 (and very first edition) of the ILUCIDARE Special Prizes within the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards. These projects are outstanding examples of heritage-led innovation and international relations around Europe. The ILUCIDARE Special Prizes are supported by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme, and will also be part of the Europa Nostra Awards in 2021. 

The ILUCIDARE Jury praised the organisation’s open approach: “There is a close, trust-based collaboration between British and Czech parties, including volunteers and professionals, which is carried out on equal footing. Its community-oriented focus is also commendable”.


Visit for further details on the Awards.

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