The competition for the ERSTE Foundation Award for Social Integration 2011 was fiercer than ever, with 12 countries competing and with over 1850 projects submitted during the three and a half months of the call. Very tough and thorough process of evaluation by 24 members of the Screening Committee resulted into 133 finalists from all 12 countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic and Slovenia).
Below is the numbers of shortlisted projects per country*:
* Detailed list with names of all organisations you may find here: http://erstestiftung.org/integration-award/
“The selection process is always difficult for us, as we receive so many good projects dealing with social integration topics. In times of crisis, non-profit organisations had to reinvent themselves, to find alternative ways of financing, all in order to be able to continue helping and integrating those on the margins of societies. In these hard times, organizations have to be innovative and with different, creative approach to the same issues, in order to achieve their goals”, Dejan Petrovic, Project Manager of the ERSTE Foundation Award for Social Integration.
A team of ERSTE Foundation experts will travel during 15 March – 30 April through the 12 countries, visiting the shortlisted projects for the further evaluation of the finalist projects. With the addition of the field findings, all 133 projects will be presented to an international Jury that will select the 30 winners that will be awarded during a Ceremony to take place in Prague, on 20 June 2011.
The 30 winners will share 610.000 EUR money prizes, while all shortlisted organisations will also receive benefits such as: media relations support provided by professional PR consultants, financed by ERSTE Foundation for a 2-year period, participation in capacity building workshops (on topics such as: developing social businesses as an alternative way of financing, building media relations capabilities, acquiring social media skills), presence on the ERSTE Foundation’s Social Integration Network website: www.socialintegration.org/network.
For more details about the ERSTE Foundation Award for Social Integration, please follow this link: www.integrationaward.org.
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