The Estoril Local Answers Award (ELAA) is a distinction created by the Estoril Conferences in 2013. It consists of a monetary award of € 10,000, with the objective of promoting and supporting the work of local initiatives, anywhere in the world, to help answer the challenges inherent to globalization.

The applications come from associations, collectives, communities, institutions, movements or organizations and the winning project will be the one that is able to develop best practices and new initiatives for themes such as art, education, environment, inequality, innovation, youth and tourism, among others.

The ELAA, to be delivered during the 6th edition of the Estoril Conferences, is also an opportunity for the winner, who can present their work to the public of the Estoril Conferences, in which there are notable national and international entities and individuals. The winning project will also be shared with the thousands of followers of the Estoril Conferences, through our communication channels.

The applications are open until February 28, 2019. The regulations for submitting applications can be found here and the application form here.


In previous editions of the ELAA, winners were:


Re-food Cascais Center, a not-for-profit social solidarity organization, whose objective is to contribute towards the solution to the problem of food insufficiency of families. Entirely constituted by volunteers, Re-food provides food support through the use of local daily food surpluses found in hotel, catering and commercial establishments in the municipality of Cascais, suppressing, in this way, basic food needs, while combating food waste and strengthening community ties.


Aporvela with ‘Mar de Oportunidades’, a project for the youth at risk of social exclusion. Aporvela – Portuguese Training Association – is an association that aims to promote the connection of people to the sea, keeping alive the Portuguese maritime heritage, while having a special connection with youth, training future sailors.

‘Mar de Oportunidades’ (Sea of Opportunities) is a partnership between Aporvela and Casa Pia de Lisboa - a public institute whose mission is to promote the rights and protection of children and young people – that focused on a set of young people at serious risk of exclusion who, through the project, found new meanings of life and chose a professional career at Sea.


Movement for the Defense of Life, an Institution of Social Solidarity, whose project supports children at risk through intervention in families in crisis with the aim of avoiding the institutionalization of minors, seeking to offer alternatives and to help the families change behaviors that may lead to minors being removed.

The project also tries to reduce ties of dependency in relation to community services and develop skills in the most vulnerable population.