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How to apply

Please read the information on this page and the Guidance for applicants carefully before applying for one of the categories of the Natura 2000 Award.


Register before 21.01.2015

How to register

When you click on the Registration button, you will first be asked to set up an account. To do this, please enter the requested information (username, e-mail address, name, organisation name and type, and the Member State from which the application will be submitted).

You should also select the language in which you wish to complete the form.

Once selected, the language cannot be changed so please chose carefully.

Once you have pressed "Register", you will be sent a confirmation e-mail. Click on the link provided in the e-mail to add a password. After doing so, your account will be created and you can log-in and log-out of your application as desired.

Application form

Applications must be submitted using the online application form.

The application process is made up of six steps which must be completed one by one. You cannot move onto the next step until you have completed the previous step. However, you can go back and work on completed forms again if necessary.

When working on the forms, you can:

  • Save your application as often as you want, using the “Save as draft” button;
  • Move forward and back within the pages you have completed using the "Next" and "Back" buttons (do not use the back button on the internet browser);
  • Access your application as many times as you want as long as you do not submit it (making sure to "Save as draft" before leaving the page);
  • Preview your application by clicking on the “Preview” button; and
  • Upload required files (word, pdf) as well as pictures and videos using the links provided.

Once your application is finalised, you should save it, and then send it by clicking on “Submit”. Once submitted, you will no longer have access to your application. It will be stored in a database which will be only accessed by the European Natura 2000 Award Secretariat and the European Commission.

You will receive an e-mail acknowledging receipt of your application. This acknowledgement will include a unique reference number which should be used in all communications concerning the application. You will also receive a link to a pdf copy of your completed application for your records.

Guidance for applicants

The Guidelines for Applicantspdf Choose translations of the previous link  are provided to the relevant sections throughout the application form. Please take time to read the Guidance thoroughly before filling in the application form as it will help you prepare your application in the best possible way.


Answers to Frequently asked questions that are not directly linked to the application form can be found on the FAQ page

Deadline for submission of applications


Need help? Contact the Natura 2000 Award Secretariat