24 Aug 2018

The theme of this year's prize is Identities, European Values and Cultural Heritage in Europe – with €50,000 available to share between up to 5 winners.

EESC E OGThe Civil Society Prize is an annual award that aims to reward and encourage initiatives and achievements by civil society organisations and/or individuals that have made a significant contribution to promoting European identity and integration. 

Its overall objective is to raise awareness of the contribution that civil society organisations and/or individuals can make to the creation of a European identity and citizenship in a way that underpins the common values that shore up European integration. 

The prize, which has a total value of €50,000 and will be awarded on 13 December 2018, is open to civil society organisations officially registered within the European Union and acting at European, national, regional or local level. It is also open to individuals. 

The theme of the 2018 prize is 'Identities, European Values and Cultural Heritage in Europe' and will be awarded to innovative initiatives carried out by civil society organisations and/or individuals in the EU that are: 

  • Raising awareness of the multiple layers and richness of European identities
  • Exploiting the full potential of Europe's cultural wealth
  • Facilitating access to European cultural heritage
  • Promoting European values (respect for human dignity and human rights, freedom, democracy, equality and the rule of law) 

The deadline for submitting applications is 7 September 2018

For the contest rules and the application form, please click here.