Rural Inspiration Awards
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The Rural Inspiration Awards (RIA) 2019 were the first EU-wide rural development good practice competition organised by the ENRD in the 2014-2020 programming period.
This initiative celebrated projects that are using funding from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) in an inspiring way to make European rural areas more competitive, sustainable and inclusive. The competition aimed to increase the visibility of both the projects and the contribution of rural development policy, and to promote knowledge transfer and networking among rural development stakeholders.
Launched in autumn 2018, the ENRD Rural Inspiration Awards provided an extra boost to the collection of good practices. The initiative encouraged the mapping of successful projects by categories aligned with Rural Development Policy objectives and initiatives of European Union institutions. NRNs and National Support Units (NSUs) responded enthusiastically submitting 176 projects from 23 Member States in 2019 and 71 entries from 18 Member States in 2020.
This year, the theme of the Rural Inspiration Awards is 'Our Rural Future' in line with the Long-Term Vision for Rural Areas developed by the European Commission. It is constituted the four main RIA categories: Green Futures, Digital Futures, Resilient Futures and Socially Inclusive Futures. In addition to these, a Popular Vote Award will be awarded and decided via an online voting system.
Find out more about Rural Inspiration Awards 2021 here.