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ERSTE Foundation Award for Social Integration 2009: 71 projects from 8 countries shortlisted out of 1,300 applications; 20 winners will get € 295,000

12. January 2012

The only regional Award of this kind aims to give recognition and promote organisations and projects that intend to create a stable and just society, which includes disadvantaged and marginalised groups. All submitted projects have been evaluated based on criteria of their effectiveness and specific benefits for society.  

Below you may find the number of shortlisted projects per country*:
Romania: 25 projects
Serbia: 16 projects
Croatia: 8 projects
Bosnia and Herzegovina: 8 projects
Macedonia: 6 projects
Montenegro: 4 projects
Slovenia: 3 projects
Kosovo: 2 projects

* A detailed list with names of all shortlisted projects you may find in Downloads.

In the coming period, the international Jury of 17 experts will select out of the list of nominees ten winning projects and ten honourable mention awards which will be announced on the occasion of the Award Ceremony to be held in Bucharest, on 25 June 2009.

Since its inception in early 2007, the ERSTE Foundation Award for Social Integration has considerably grown in scope and size: from EUR 85,000 in 2008 to EUR 295,000 that will be awarded in 2009 and the list of participating countries has been extended. The ERSTE Foundation Award for Social Integration is part of ERSTE Foundation’s Social Affairs Programme. The Programme aims at shaping a society in Europe that enables equal participation of all people and in which these people are ready to take on responsibility and use it for the common good.

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ERSTE Foundation
ERSTE Foundation is active in the Central and South Eastern European region. Together with its partners it creates a hive of activity for social good. Established in 2003, the Foundation began its work two years later by developing the three programmes: Social Affairs, Culture, and Europe. Being the legal successor of the 190 year old “Erste oesterreichische Spar-Casse”, the first Austrian savings bank, ERSTE Foundation is the major shareholder of Erste Group and therefore one of the largest institutions of this kind in Europe. Its two commitments are based on historical roots: ERSTE Foundation safeguards the future of Erste Group as an independent company and reinvests its profits in activities that promote the common good.