Rural Inspiration Awards (RIA) 2021: Our Rural Future

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Successful stories can inspire more people to replicate similar initiatives elsewhere and unlock the potential of the EAFRD to help rural areas meet the wide range of economic, environmental and social challenges of the 21st century. For this to happen, though, key information about the projects has to be collected and effectively shared.

The theme of this year's Rural Inspiration Awards (RIA) 2021 is 'Our Rural Future' in line with the Long-Term Vision for Rural Areas developed by the European Commission. In this edition, we received 125 entries from 22 Member States for the four thematic categories: Green Futures, Digital Futures, Resilient Futures and Socially Inclusive Futures.

The jury nominated a winner per thematic category and around 10 200 people from all around Europe decided the winner of the Popular Vote category through online voting. European Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski announced during the virtual Award Ceremony the five winners for the Rural Inspiration Awards 2021.


Meet the winners

Digital futures winner

The HofladenBOX (DE)

Socially inclusive futures winner

Green Care - Where People Flourish (AT)


Purpose of the competition

  1. To increase the visibility of rural development policy and the EAFRD's contribution to the Long Term Vision for Rural Areas. 
  2. To promote knowledge exchange and networking among rural development stakeholders. 
  3. To contribute to the work of ENRD's Thematic Group on the Long Term Vision for Rural Areas, organised by the ENRD CP for 2020-2021.
  4. To assist the common work of NRNs and the ENRD, in particular in the following tasks:
  • the collection of examples of projects at national level;
  • promoting their sharing at European level via the ENRD;
  • facilitating thematic and analytical exchanges.