European Heritage Stories

The European Heritage Days (EHDs) are the most widely celebrated participatory cultural events shared by the citizens of Europe. With over 50 000 events organised every year in 50 European States signatory to the European Cultural Convention and more than 30 million visitors, the EHDs, as a joint action of the Council of Europe and the European Commission, represent a unique example of a grass-roots initiative organised and shared by millions of European citizens.

The Call for European Heritage Stories is a pilot initiative intending to identify the European Dimension of heritage sites and heritage work undertaken by the communities in Europe. It refers to past or existing "stories" that communities would like to share and potentially develop into a project to further contribute to their communities. The Call for European Heritage Stories is one of the key initiatives within the European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH) 2018, organised under the two slogans: “European Year of Cultural Heritage: The Art of Sharing” and “Our heritage: where the past meets the future”. In the framework of the joint vision of shared European values, the Call is also open to the EU Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Award winners and the European Heritage Label sites.

WHO can apply?

The Call for European Stories is open to:

  1. EHDs communities from 50 European States signatory to the European Cultural Convention that have organised at least one EHD event in the last three years:
  2. EU Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Award winners and;
  3. European Heritage Label sites.

If you are an organiser of a project involving European cultural heritage, with a mission to share your experience with the rest of Europe, or if you have an idea for a new project then you are indeed the true storyteller we are looking for! All you have to do is fill in the application form and your story will be published on the EHDs portal.

Additionally, if you need resources to execute and further enhance your story with an existing or new project we have prepared a grant procedure for selected projects.

Detailed information on geographical scope and eligibility can be found in Call for European Heritage Stories: Terms and Conditions.

In order to have the European Story received and promoted as such, any individual or legal entity can submit their entry. 

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HOW can communities apply?

It should be noted that one of the objectives of the Call for European Stories is to empower communities and provide for an open space where multiple narratives could and should co-exist. Therefore, the European Heritage Days invites storytellers to outline their own vision of the European Dimension[1] and what the European values referenced in their heritage sites and work are. Trends identified in this and future Calls will be included in the updated definition of the European Dimension on a European level.

You can submit your story through the Application form that will be available as of 20 April 2018. You can return to this page to find more information and see when the form becomes available.

Each community can submit up to three stories per Call and up to one project proposal to be eligible for the grant procedure (maximum €10 000) connected with one of the submitted stories.

Detailed information can be found in Call for European Heritage Stories: Terms and Conditions.

[1] We invite storytellers to define their own understanding of European heritage in line with the Council of Europe's expressed values on human rights, democracy and the rule of law.

 

 

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WHEN? Important dates

The EHD Call for European Stories is initiated as a pilot initiative within the framework of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018  and is set to be continued on a yearly basis. The Call consists of two parts in three stages - the call for European Stories and the grant procedure (pre-selection and selection stage). Detailed information can be found in Call for European Heritage Stories: Terms and Conditions.

20 April 2018: Launching of the Call

As of midnight CEST on 20 April 2018, EHD communities, EU Prize winners and EHL sites can submit their stories/proposals using an e-form which will be available on the EHD Portal. The storytellers may submit up to three stories per Call and up to one project proposal to be eligible for the grant procedure (maximum €10 000) connected with one of the submitted stories.

20 May 2018: Deadline for submission

The application form will be closed at midnight CEST on 20 May 2018[1]. Submissions entered after this date will not be eligible for the Call. All of the eligible stories will be uploaded on the EHD Portal and promoted as such. Please note that the stories will be uploaded as is, with no major editorial changes to the language of the submitted stories.

30 June 2018: Pre-selection of the Stories eligible to receive a grant

Following the closing of the Call and consequent upload of all the qualified Stories, the a Committee of members of the EHD Secretariat assisted by two international consultants will consider the proposals for a pre-selection of a maximum of 25 most compelling stories which declared their interest for a grant.

The pre-selection of the project proposals will be based on the following criteria:

  1. Linkage with the EHD priorities of diversity, education, community engagement, youth orientation (20%);
  2. European Dimension of the project (30%);
  3. Originality and feasibility (20%);
  4. Multiplying effect of the project and impact on the communities (15%).

Any one of the following criteria will be considered as an added benefit (15%):

  1. Long-term perspective of the project (sustainability);
  2. Cross-frontier dimension of the project;
  3. Inclusion of vulnerable and minority groups, young people and children.

Pre-selection of Stories/project proposals at the examination stage will be carried out by the EHD Secretariat, assisted by two international experts appointed by the Council of Europe and the European Commission.

1 July 2018: Second stage of the grant procedures

According to the Rule No. 1374 of 16 December 2015 on the grant award procedures of the Council of Europe (Appendix II), a maximum of 25 pre-selected stories will be asked to deliver a more detailed total budget and project proposal. The final deadline to deliver the necessary documentation is set at 31 July 2018.

15 September 2018: Final selection of project proposals

Taking into account the detailed project proposal, total budget breakdown and selection and award criteria, in the period between 1 August and 15 September 2018, the European panel will meet and select a minimum of 10 European Stories to receive a grant of a maximum of €10 000 each.

The total budget of the declared action is €100 000, which allows for the award of 10 grants of €10 000. If the project proposals outline smaller amounts, there is the possibility to select more than 10 European Stories, up to the maximum total budget of the action.

The European panel is agreed by the EHD Programme and consists of seven members: two representatives appointed by the Council of Europe; two representatives appointed by the European Commission; one representative appointed by Europa Nostra; one representative appointed by European Heritage Label Secretariat and one representative appointed by the EHD National Coordinators.

21 September 2018: Notification of selection

Selected stories that have been nominated to receive a grant will be notified by 21 September 2018.

All grant-selected projects will be published in the EHD newsletter as well as on the EHDs portal and through EHD social media channels. For 2018, all grant-selected projects will be published on the EYCH newsletter as well as on the EYCH website.

October 2018: Award Ceremony for the grant recipients

In October 2018 during the European Heritage Days Assembly meeting, the projects will receive the grant at a special Award Ceremony.

November 2018: Start of the project activities

All project actions proposed in the submitted application must start before the end of 2018. Costs incurred under such actions are eligible for the grant justification as of 1 November 2018. The grant recipients are required to keep all original invoices and justifications for the amount spent within the grant. Any unspent amount will be returned to the EHD Programme budget at the end of the implementation period.

January – February 2019: Monitoring stage

The selected grant recipients will work with the Council of Europe to ensure monitoring of the project and to deliver a mid-action draft narrative and financial report on the implementation of the grant. For 2018, all grant-selected projects must include the logo of the EHDs and the logo of the EYCH on their produced material and activities.

30 March 2019: End of the implementation stage

All project actions proposed in the submitted application must end before 30 March 2019. Costs incurred after this date will not be eligible for the justification of the grant.

30 April 2019: Reporting and evaluation

Following the end of the implementation stage, the grant recipients must submit the final narrative and financial report for the justification of the grant. Templates for such reports will be provided by the EHD Secretariat in early 2019.

 

[1] If the number of the submitted grant requests is extremely high, the Council of Europe reserves the right to close the Call earlier than foreseen.

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WHAT are the criteria?

Eligibility criteria for the Call

The storyteller should:

  • Be an EHD community with at least one EHD event in the last three years, and/or a winner of the EU Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra award and/or a European Heritage Label site. 
  • Be a private individual or a legal entity, as defined in Appendix I: Legal Conditions.
  • Submit their story in English.[1]
  • Declare that they have the right to submit the story, as outlined in Appendix I: Legal Conditions.
  • Not be subject to exclusion criteria as outlined in Appendix I: Legal Conditions or Appendix II: Rule No. 1374 of 16 December 2015 on the grant award procedures of the Council of Europe.

Selection criteria for the Call

All of the Stories that have passed the eligibility criteria will be published as European Heritage Stories and promoted at European level. The stories will be published as written by the storyteller. All of the eligible communities that have declared their interest for the grant procedure will be considered for the pre-selection stage.

The storytellers can submit up to three stories per Call and up to one project proposal to be eligible for the grant procedure (maximum €10 000) connected with one of the submitted stories.

For more information on the pre-selection and selection stage, as well as the dates for the submission of Stories, please check the “What are the important dates” section of the guidelines and Appendix I: Legal Conditions that will be uploaded on 20 April 2018.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE A GRANT?

In order to be able to be eligible for a grant, applicants must be legally recognised entities as defined in Appendix I: Legal Conditions. The person submitting the story and the draft project proposal must be a representative of that legal entity. Please note that in 2018 individuals are not eligible to receive a grant. However, any individuals may submit their Story and have it promoted as a European Story, as outlined the selection criteria for the Call.

Detailed information on eligibility can be found in Call for European Heritage Stories: Terms and Conditions.

[1] Please note that the current limitation applies for the pilot-stage only, due to the innovative nature of the Call and inability to foresee how many stories we may receive. Following the 2018 Call, the EHD Secretariat, together with the National Coordinators, shall decide if it would be possible to open the call in other languages as well.

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