#OurEUStory Awards 2022

The #OurEUStory Awards celebrate the transformational impact that EU-funded projects have on communities and organisations across Ireland.

We'll accounce the winners at the ACCESS EUROPE SHOWCASE ON 1 DECEMBER!

What is the #OurEUStory Awards?

Take part in the competition and show how EU-funded projects have benefitted your community!

Post a video of up to 140 seconds to your Twitter and/or Facebook with the hashtag #OurEUStory. Your video doesn't need to be fancy or professionally shot - it's about telling the story of your EU project journey and sharing your message. Just make sure your video meets the judging criteria outlined in the Terms and Conditions and the FAQ.

The three best entries will win a prize: €1,000 for first place and €500 each for second and third places. We'll award the prizes at our Access Europe Showcase on 1st December at Croke Park, Dublin, register now!

Applications are now closed
    Take a moment to familiarise yourself with the #OurEUStory Terms and Conditions.

    Follow this step-by-step guide to submit your #OurEUStory entry.

  • FAQ
    Check out our FAQ for competition info at a glance.

    Need help? Please direct any questions about your entry to europe@wheel.ie

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Check out the hashtag #OurEUStory on Twitter and Facebook to see all entries!

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++ DEADLINE EXTENDED until 4 November 2022, 5pm ++

Don't wait til the last minute - submit your entries early so we can share your story far and wide on Facebook and Twitter for maximum views!

Register for the Access Europe Showcase on 1st December at Croke Park, Dublin!

Step-by-Step Application Process

Follow this step-by-step guide to submit your #OurEUStory entry.

Step 1:
Brainstorm ideas with your team on how to best tell your EU Story. Make sure to read the Terms and Conditions for the competition rules and guidance on the judging criteria. And don't be afraid to get creative!

Step 2:
Create your video. Remember, it doesn't have to be fancy or professionally shot. It's about telling the story of the impact that EU funding has had on your community and your organisation.

Step 3: Share your video using the hashtag #OurEUStory and tag @EuropeAccess on Twitter and/or @AccessEurope on Facebook so we can share your video far and wide!

Step 4:
Once you've shared your story, copy and paste the URL of your Tweet and/or Facebook post into the . We will be monitoring Twitter and Facebook, but completing the application form means that we will definitely see your entry, and we will have your contact details so we can keep you up to date on the competition. Please note: your entry will not be considered unless you complete the application form!

Step 5:
Join us for the #OurEUStory award ceremony at our annual Access Europe Showcase on 1st December 2022 at Croke Park, Dublin. Details on the Showcase are coming soon but this will be the EU event of the year for Irish civil society, and the chance to win your prize! Register now


Please read detailed Terms & Conditions HERE

Who can apply?

The competition is open to civil society organisations based in the Republic of Ireland who have taken part in an EU-funded project or activity.

By "civil society" we mean: charities, community and voluntary groups, academic institutions, public bodies, social enterprises, and trade unions/professional associations.

How can I apply?

See step-by-step guide above and make sure you submit the application form. Please note we cannot take any responsibility for misspelled URLs so please ensure you have reviewed your entry before submission.

What are the JUDGING criteria?

Please note, the Awards judging panel will be assessing the quality of your entry and not the quality of your EU-funded project.

EU Dimension:
Does the entry demonstrate the value of the EU dimension of the project, and the opportunities that it being an EU project provided? For example, the value and opportunities could come from partnership with other countries, cross European exchange and learning, or the possibility to reach a wider audience and make a greater impact.

Does the entry communicate the difference the the project made to the people, communities and organizations involved? Entries should focus on impact rather than project plans or processes. It's not about how you delivered your project, it's about why, and the difference that it made.

Is it clear what this project is about and what it achieved? Could someone with no experience of EU funded programmes understand it? Avoid jargon, excessive text, or superfluous information. It's not about communicating everything about your project, focus on the important points.

You are encouraged to find interesting or creative ways to tell your EU story! Try to make your video engaging and visually interesting.


5 September 2022: Competition announced

26 September 2022: Applications open

28 October 2022: Applications close (5pm)
++ EXTENDED DEADLINE until 4 November 2022, 5pm ++

25 November 2022: Winners selected

28 November 2022: Winners notified

1st December 2022: Access Europe Showcase featuring #OurEUStory Awards Ceremony

Register for the Access Europe Showcase on 1st December at Croke Park, Dublin.

Who are the judges?

The judging will be done by a panel of independent judges using the specific judging criteria. 

The deadline for entries is 4 November 2022 at 5pm IST. Please see timeline above for other key dates.