Who is eligible?
All European public sector institutions from all levels, as well as public sector enterprises, agencies or public-private partnerships, are eligible to submit their projects for the award.
The lead applicant – in any case - must be a public sector actor.
In concrete terms, this includes all public entities from cities, local authorities, the supra-local (provincial) and regional level, as well as public sector organisations at national and European level.
Projects have to match one of the three categories:
While the national level refers to the level of sovereign states, the regional level refers to the first level of administrative and political subdivision of a state. In many unitary states, the regional level is absent. The supra-local and local level refers to the administrative and political levels below the regional level.
France (national level): régions (mainland and overseas regions) (regional level), départements and municipalités (supra-local and local level)
Spain (national level): comunidades autónomas and ciudades autónomas (regional level), provincias, diputaciones and municipios (supra-local and local level)
Poland (national level): Voivodship - Województwo (regional level), powiaty (councils/districts) and gminy (municipalities) (supra-local and local level)
Bulgaria (national level): Obshtina (municipalities) (supra-local and local level)
Projects, which are the result of cross-border cooperation or cooperation across administrative levels as well as projects that have benefited from EU funding are especially encouraged to submit their applications.
The prize is “a unique opportunity for a small-scale project to present itself and reach a wider attention” (EPSA 2011 applicant)