The Rural Inspiration Awards recognise inspiring initiatives funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) that demonstrate the contribution of Rural Development Policy towards a more competitive, sustainable and inclusive rural Europe.
In addition to the popular vote, the awards will recognise inspiring projects in five thematic categories:
- improving the competitiveness of rural areas;
- environment and climate action;
- rural revitalisation;
- social inclusion; and
An expert jury will select one winning project in each thematic category from the overall list of 25 nominees. The nominees have been shortlisted by the ENRD Contact Point from a total of 176 entries proposed by the National Rural Network support units.
The winners will be awarded during a ceremony in Brussels on 11 April 2019, in the framework of ‘networX – Inspiring Rural Europe’, the event building on 10 years of rural networking.
*The eligibility of the nominees from the UK after 29 March 2019 is subject to review depending on the conclusion of the Withdrawal Agreement between the UK and the EU.