The purpose of Cultural Heritage in Action, the project that ran between January 2020 and January 2023 was to improve the management of cultural heritage sites through participatory governance and enhance citizens’ participation and contribution to the preservation and development of heritage sites.

The project also promoted cultural heritage as a tool for local sustainable development and explored new roles for local and regional authorities in governance and financing.

Cultural Heritage in Action focused on the recovery and resilience of cultural heritage sites in a post-pandemic world, recognizing the importance of cultural heritage in promoting well-being and social cohesion.

The project also focused on the adaptive reuse of heritage buildings and the quality of interventions on cultural heritage.

Outcomes of Cultural Heritage in Action

Over the last three years, the project brought together hundreds of local policy-makers, cultural heritage specialists, and practitioners and facilitated peer-learning activities.

The following are the outcomes of the project:

Overall, the Cultural Heritage in Action project has contributed to the development and preservation of cultural heritage sites in cities and regions and improved local policy-making.

The project’s outcomes and results are expected to be valuable for cultural heritage specialists, policy-makers, and practitioners worldwide.


Eurocities, in collaboration with KEA, ERRIN, Europa Nostra, and the Architects Council of Europe implemented the project. It was financed by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.