The EHD Call for European Stories was 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 the EHD Stories Brochure.
18 March 2019: Launching of the Call
As of midnight CEST on 19 March 2019, EHD communities, EU Prize winners and EHL sites can submit their stories/proposals using the form available at the bottom of this page. 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.
18 April 2019: Deadline for submission
The application form will be closed on 18 April 2019 to coincide with International Day for Monuments and Sites. Submissions entered after this date will not be eligible for the Call. Applications will be assessed for eligibility by the EHD Secretariat in order of their submission, in consultation with the network of EHD National Coordinators, Europa Nostra and the European Heritage Label Secretariat. Only the first 150 eligible requests will be considered for the grant award procedure. 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 they are, with no major editorial changes to the language of the submitted stories.
23 April - 18 May 2019: 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 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.
This procedure will last 3½ weeks from 23 April (UNESCO World Book Day) until 18 May (International Museum Day).
The pre-selection of the project proposals will be based on the following criteria:
- Submission of an informative and interesting well-written Story (10%);
- Linkage of the accompanying project idea with the European Heritage Days priorities of diversity, education, community engagement and/or youth orientation (20 %);
- European Dimension  of the project idea (10%);
- Originality of the project idea (10%);
- Feasibility of the project idea to be completed within the timeframe and maximum grant allocation (15%)
- Potential of the proposed project to have positive outcomes for the community (15%);
- Potential of the proposed project to become an example of best practice which can be adopted by other communities (10%).
Any ONE of the following criteria will be considered as an added benefit (10%):
- Long-term perspective of the project (sustainability);
- Cross-frontier dimension of the project;
- Inclusion of vulnerable and minority groups, young people and children.
 See EHD Stories Brochure - Legal Conditions – Article 1 – Paragraph 4 for further information on the concept of the European Dimension.
21 May 2019: 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, 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 21 June 2019.
31 July 2019: Final selection of project proposals
Taking into account the detailed project proposal, total budget breakdown and selection and award criteria, in the period between 10 and 31 July 2019, 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.
August 2019: Notification of selection
Selected stories that have been nominated to receive a grant will be notified by 21 August 2019.
All grant-selected projects will be published in the EHD newsletter as well as on the EHDs portal and through EHD social media channels.
September 2019: Start of the project activities
All project actions proposed in the submitted application must start before the end of 2019. Costs incurred under such actions are eligible for the grant justification as of 1 September 2019. 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.
October 2019: Award Ceremony for the grant recipients
In October 2019 the selected projects will receive a certificate of the grant and a commemorative trophy at a special Award Ceremony.
January 2020: 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. All grant-selected projects must include the logo of the European Heritage Days, the European Commission and the Council of Europe on their produced material and activities.
30 March 2020: End of the implementation stage
All project actions proposed in the submitted application must end before 30 March 2020. Costs incurred after this date will not be eligible for the justification of the grant.
30 April 2020: 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 2020.