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11.04.2016

Bank Austria Social Prize 2016:
Social projects throughout Austria invited to apply

The Bank Austria Social Prize recognises Austrian social projects from all federal provinces; submissions invited from now until 20 May 2016 

Total of EUR 85,000 in funding awarded throughout Austria to non-profit initiatives, organisations and associations

Austrian social projects will this year be awarded with the Bank Austria Social Prize for the seventh time. The large number of projects submitted in previous years highlights the importance of Bank Austria’s commitment in social areas.

"As part of our social responsibility we support social commitment throughout Austria by putting outstanding social projects into the public eye", emphasised Robert Zadrazil, CEO of Bank Austria. "Given the strong regional roots of many superb social projects we are awarding the Bank Austria Social Prize this year for the fourth time in every Austrian province. Each regional social prize comes with funding of EUR 9,000, and this year for the first time we will award an additional prize with funding of EUR 4,000 for the project with the highest degree of innovation among all main winners. Throughout Austria we are able to provide financial support of EUR 85,000, which is made possible in this way by the support of UniCredit Foundation, the corporate foundation of UniCredit."

Both large organisations as well as small regional initiatives are invited to apply. "All social institutions focusing on ‘children and young people’ as well as ‘integration and migration’ are warmly invited to apply for the Bank Austria Social Prize 2016 in their province by 20 May 2016. All participants have an equal opportunity to win", stressed Bank Austria’s CEO Robert Zadrazil.

Prize money throughout Austria totals EUR 85,000
Bank Austria’s Social Prize 2016 comes with a prize of EUR 9,000 per province. The first prize sums up to EUR 6,000, followed by EUR 2,000 for the second prize and EUR 1,000 for the third prize. Newly introduced this year is an additional prize, which sums up to EUR 4,000: among all main winners, the project with the highest degree of innovation will be chosen. The prize will be awarded by the national expert jury of the Bank Austria Social Prize 2016.

Competition details
Applicants can compete for the Bank Austria Social Prize 2016 by submitting an entry to the public invitation. The period for submissions is now open, and it closes on 20 May 2016. Applicants can be submitted using the online form at http://sozialpreis.bankaustria.at.

Eligibility guidelines
The following categories have been defined for entries in line with the focus of Bank Austria’s social commitment:

  • Projects focusing on children/young people and on integration/migration 
  • The project should make it possible for employees and customers of Bank Austria to play an active role in the project.

Selection process
The winners of the Bank Austria Social Prize 2016 will be selected in a multi-stage process in each federal province, first by a jury and then by online voting. "A regional jury will select projects from all those submitted to be put forward for online voting, and it will then be up to the general public to choose a winner in July and August 2016. Thus everyone interested can make their vote count for the social project they like best", said Robert Zadrazil, CEO of Bank Austria.

Detailed information on how to apply, the expert jury and the competition terms and conditions can be found online at http://sozialpreis.bankaustria.at.

Enquiries: UniCredit Bank Austria Pressestelle
Matthias Raftl, Tel. +43 (0)5 05 05-52809
E-Mail: matthias.raftl@unicreditgroup.at