The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is launching a Civil Solidarity Prize, a one-off award with the specific theme of ‘Civil society against COVID-19’, which this year will be replacing its flagship annual Civil Society Prize.
The Civil Solidarity Prize will honour creative and effective initiatives by individuals, civil society organisations and privately owned companies that have made an outstanding contribution to tackling the COVID-19 emergency and its grave and manifold consequences, thereby strengthening European solidarity and helping to create a European identity based on common EU values.
The EESC will be awarding up to 29 prizes, for the amount of €10,000 to initiatives carried out in the territory of the EU or the United Kingdom. 27 prizes are available for projects implemented in Member States, one for a UK entry and one for a project with a cross-border or European focus.
The initiatives proposed for the prize can cover a wide range of themes, such as:
- actions linked to health, health equipment, medical devices, assistance and care;
- temporary initiatives aimed at mitigating the immediate effects of the coronavirus crisis and at meeting the urgent needs of the target groups;
- specific measures to help the most deprived, disadvantaged or vulnerable people or groups (including refugees), protect them from the disease itself and alleviate the impact of the crisis;
- initiatives linked to the situation of specific target groups during the lockdown;
- initiatives aimed at tackling the economic and employment consequences of the health crisis;
- initiatives to support the recovery of the European economy or of specific sectors in the aftermath of the pandemic;
- initiatives aimed at increasing the reaction capacity in the event of future comparable crises.
This list is not exhaustive.
The deadline for entries is 12 noon on 30 September 2020. The full description of requirements and the online application form can be found at www.eesc.europa.eu/civilsolidarityprize