Competition

Awards

Launch of 2019 European Heritage Awards

The annual awards provide financial prizes and public recognition to outstanding initiatives and best practices by either individuals or organisations that contribute to the protection and enhancement of cultural heritage in Europe.

The European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage was launched in 2002 by the European Commission as part of the implementation of the Culture Programme. Europa Nostra, the Pan-European Federation for Cultural Heritage, was selected to run this awards scheme on the basis of its long experience in publicly recognising, at a European level, individual or joint excellence in the field of Cultural Heritage.

The awards are supported by the European Commission in the framework of the Culture Programme and are granted annually in four categories:

  • Conservation.
  • Research.
  • Dedicated service by individuals or organisations.
  • Education, training and awareness.

 

Entries may be submitted from all countries that take part in the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. Entries may be submitted for projects/studies or dedicated service to heritage conservation by anyone closely connected to the entry, as long as permission has been gained from the owner of the building or site/author of the study.

Up to 30 entries throughout Europe will receive a certificate as well as a bronze wall plaque to be put up at the awarded building or heritage site. Up to seven of these will also be awarded a Grand Prize, which includes a monetary award of €10,000.

Entry forms and guidelines for applicants are available for download from the Europa Nostra website.

The 2019 Awards deadline is 15 November 2018.

Funding

Start-Up Series Open for New Equity Investment Round

The Start-Up Series is a seed funding competition, offering equity investment opportunities to UK businesses. The competition aims to identify the country’s brightest entrepreneurs with the smartest ideas to each qualify for one of 24 planned seed investments from a total of £3.6 million in equity funding.

Each month, one business will be chosen to receive up to £150,000 of seed funding. Supported start-ups will be required to give away equity in exchange for investment. In addition, Worth Capital will receive a 7% share option in the funded business.

The additional benefits of applying for this competition are as follows:

  • Support: Each winner will have support from Worth Capital via an experienced director.
  • Media coverage: Winning a high-profile competition and the exposure that generates is beneficial when talking to customers, potential employees and future investors.

The Start-Up Series is open to early-stage consumer businesses in the UK that are creating new products or services, or new ways to buy them.

Business owners must be in a position where they are looking to receive funding from investors in exchange for equity in their business. Because the fund will be for SEIS investments, the business needs to satisfy the following criteria set by HMRC:

  • The business must be UK-based and the applicant must be a UK resident over 18 years old at the time of entry.
  • The business must have been trading for less than 21 months and have less than £200,000 in gross assets (so as to qualify for SEIS-funding).
  • The business must employ fewer than 25 staff.

Entries for the competition will be accepted on a monthly basis.

The deadline for the current application window is Friday 14 September 2018

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Awards

Commonwealth Writers’ Short Story Prize 2019 Applications Sought

The Commonwealth Foundation established the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in 1987 to encourage and reward the upsurge of new Commonwealth fiction and ensure that works of merit reach a wider audience outside their country of origin.

The objectives of the prize are to promote new voices, reward achievement, encourage wider readership and greater literacy, thereby increasing appreciation of different cultures and building understanding between cultures.

The prize consists of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. This Prize enables writers to enter from countries where there is little or no publishing industry. Authors writing in languages other than English are also able to enter stories translated into English. The Prize is intended to unearth and promote the best new writing from across the Commonwealth, developing literary connections worldwide.

The Short Story Prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000-5,000 words).

There will be five winners; one from each region. One regional winner will be selected as the overall winner. The overall winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize will receive £5,000 and the remaining four regional winners £2,500.

Citizens of Commonwealth countries aged 18 or over may apply.

The deadline for submissions for the 2019 Commonwealth Short Story Prize is 1 November 2018

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