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European Heritage Stories

The European Heritage Days (EHDs), which Scottish Archaeology Month is a part of, 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.

The main goals of the initiative are to encourage people to engage with the heritage, collect the stories of projects/initiatives/activities and recognise their efforts in two ways: by promoting their stories and awarding selected ones with the grant in the amount of up to €10000.

In the Terms and Conditions, you will find detailed explanations on:

  • Who can send the story and who can apply for the grant (please note that storytellers can opt if they just want to tell the story or if they also want to apply for the grant);
  • How the stories can be sent (we will use a simple Google form to make it easier for applicants);
  • Criteria for eligibility of the stories to be published on the portal and criteria for receiving the grant;
  • Important dates; and
  • Legal conditions.

The official launch date of this initiative is Friday, April 20. The communities will be able to tell their stories until Sunday, May 20.

Please note that this first stage calls for a simple outline of the stories and project ideas. Pre-selected project proposals will have an additional month in the summer to submit more details, as you can see in the Terms and Conditions.

Learn more here-