The European Citizenship Awards 2016 are a joint initiative between Volonteurope and European Civic Forum, two European networks promoting active citizenship and social justice.

The Awards will celebrate initiatives and actors who put European citizenship into practice and have a real, positive impact on their communities – be it at the local, regional, national or European level.

Call for nominations

We welcome nominations from Council of Europe member states, in the following four categories:

  1. Campaign of the Year: rewarding awareness-raising or advocacy campaigns organised by informal and formal groups of citizens, including NGOs, with a real and proven impact on community life or public action, and a high potential for driving transformative change;
  2. Social Enterprise of the Year: rewarding businesses or not-for-profits founded on the basis of social goals, which are written into the enterprise’s vision and mission, the pursuit of which brings in positive social change in communities;
  3. Volunteer of the Year: rewarding individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to democratic life and to the development of a community or cause, be it through a volunteering role in an NGO or in another form of an organisation or community association (including informal groups); and
  4. Media Initiative of the Year: rewarding professional media and media-based collaborative initiatives which give citizens effective tools to engage and bring about positive change in their communities; successful media initiatives will have used different tools for engagement and enhanced citizens’ participation, fostered an informed citizenry and enabled the development of a common civic space.

The deadline for nominations is 20 May 2016.

Submit a nomination

Awards ceremony

The Awards ceremony will be held at London City Hall on 12 September 2016.

Winners will also be invited to present their achievements during the World Forum for Democracy in Strasbourg on 7-9 November 2016.

For further information, please visit European Civic Forum’s website.