The Certification "Centenary"
As a way of supporting all the projects which are being worked on as part of the preparations for the centenary of the First World War, the Centenary Partnership Program has created an official “Centenary” certification as way of highlighting the most innovative and structured projects for the regions. The certification will amongst other things allow the chosen projects to be part of the national official program for commemorations of the Centenary and to be eligible for finance from the Centenary Partnership Program.
The procedure and calendar for certification
Any project dedicated to a region (local or as part of a regional network) must first be submitted by the project backer to the Centenary Département Committee (CDC) of its département, corresponding to the place where the event will take place or to the place of residence of the project backer.
In the autumn of 2012, a circular was sent out by Centenary Partnership Program to the prefects explaining the workings and calendar for the procedure of awarding certification to projects. This circular was accompanied by a candidate application form to be used by project backers to apply to the CDC (Centenary Département Committee), as well as a list of the current criteria for obtaining the “Centenary” certification.
The circular also outlined the advantages of obtaining certification: national and international visibility, inclusion in the official program of commemorations for the centenary of the First World War , the project backer’s quality guarantee demonstrating that the project has been recognised as innovative, structured and original, support from the Centenary Partnership Program in respect of application for finance and recommendation to the public and/or private partners of the Centenary Partnership Program , eligibility for finance from the Partnership Program, etc. Certification is therefore a necessary and compulsory first stop, for obtaining, if need be, finance from the Centenary Partnership Program.
As part of a second stage, the CDC submits the projects which it has chosen to the Centenary Partnership Program, and to which it suggests that “Centenary” certification be awarded. The Centenary Département Committees will submit the projects for which they recommend certification by 1st June 2013 at the latest.
The Centenary Partnership Program certification committee will then examine the projects which have been submitted by the Centenary Département Committees and will notify the project backers, care of the CDC, of the results of the final selection. The certification committee for the First World War Centenary Partnership Program will meet during the summer of 2013 to award the “Centenary” certification to the projects which match the criteria indicated previously.
The educational projects will be subject to a special procedure involving the academic Centenary Committees, which are expected to be set up in the first quarter of 2013.
The large-scale projects which have an international, national or multi-regional dimension to them or which are backed by a major cultural organisation will be examined directly by the Centenary Partnership Program certification committee as part of a special commission involving the scientific committee of the Centenary Partnership Program.