The purpose of the Traditions Program is to fund and follow up on projects that aim at celebrating Portuguese regional or local traditions in the municipalities where EDP's production centers are located.
It currently covers 81 municipalities, corresponding to the areas where the six EDP Produção electricity production centers are located (hydro and thermoelectric power stations): Tejo Mondego, Douro, Cávado Lima, Ribatejo, Lares, and Sines.
Any legally constituted and registered Portuguese organization may submit non-profit projects, regardless of its origin, provided that the project focuses on a municipality covered by the program. This is because one of the goals of the program is to strengthen relations with local communities by celebrating vernacular identities.
The idea is to facilitate the transfer of traditional knowledge from generation to generation, while contributing to improving the self-esteem of local communities.
How does the Traditions Program work?
This is a biennial project, applications open every two years, and during this announced period, those interested must fill in both registration forms, with all the details of the project they would like to develop: what is the tradition involved, the activities they intend to carry out, the financing they need, what are the objectives of your project and what are the ways to measure the accomplishment of those same objectives.
Thereafter, a jury comprised of EDP representatives and experts on the topic will select the finalist projects until all available funds are allocated.
After the jury vote, the finalists will then be personally visited by EDP so that Program managers can get to know the local context, the project details, and even negotiate the conditions for its implementation. Following this visit, projects with a positive evaluation will be declared winners.
Who can participate?
Portuguese projects that aim to preserve Portuguese traditions and that present conditions of future sustainability can be applied for, in the horizon of the duration of this support, considering that the phase of implementation of the project will last at most about 1 year and the remaining time will be to boost the sustainability of the same.
The application process:
Find out the winning projects from the last edition:
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(Re)discovering of the identity of a people
In this story we share testimonies of winners, and we get to know more about Traditions, a program that aims to enhance our collective identity as a people, because, after all, the future needs origins.
The applications for the 4th edition of the Traditions Program ended on September of 2020.
This edition provides € 213,000 to support the winning projects of the Program. In Portugal, at a time when concern for Culture is increasingly present, the 4th Edition of the Traditions Program has a very relevant impact on the representation of who we are, our customs and our roots.
It is in the gastronomy, in the dances and singing, in the words, in the crafts, in our beliefs, among other customs of Portuguese popular culture, that traditions are part of us, of our identity.
Be part of this history and celebrate the best in your region.
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the winning projects of the 4th edition
Of all these initiatives, 10 typical traditions from different Portuguese regions were chosen not only for their historical and social exclusion for communities, but also for the impact they can have on job creation, on boosting the local economy and on the regions' own sustainability.
About the projects:
The candidates were all Portuguese projects which aim to preserve Portuguese traditions that presented conditions of future sustainability of the project, in the horizon of the duration of this support, considering that the phase of implementation of the project lasts at most about 1 year and the remaining time will be to boost the sustainability of the same.