The Ardent Awards, supporters of ambitious local projects

Since 2016, Ardent Group has organized the Ardent Awards to support and reward projects that respond to current societal problems, such as disability, childhood or integration. Every year, 5 associations from the Liège region are selected by a jury and receive a €10,000 grant to carry out a project close to their heart.

Action and commitment

The Ardent Awards are, above all, an initiative created by Emmanuel Mewissen and Nicolas Leonard. Active for many years in local charities in Wallonia and conscious of having an important role to play as employers, they wanted to take action to provide more support while acting locally. Therefore, they decided to establish a more elaborate project for citizens lead by experts. This is how the Ardent Awards were born in 2016.

A message from the co-founders

We are very proud to contribute in our own way to Liège’s social fabric by supporting projects that are close to our hearts. Every year since 2016, we have provided our support to amazing projects so we can act locally as a priority. Making Liège more human is what motivates and inspires us.

– Emmanuel Mewissen

Emmanuel Mewissen

As one of the most important employers in the Liège region, we are aware we have a crucial role to play in our region. Through the Ardent Awards, we are proud to contribute to community associations in Liège by rewarding and highlighting innovative projects on themes that are important to the group.

– Nicolas Léonard

Nicolas Leonard

How do the Ardent Awards work?

Every year, all the non-profit organizations from the Liège region receive an invitation to take part in the Ardent Awards and submit their application. After a long selection process, 5 associations are selected by a independent jury of specialists and receive a €10,000 grant. The winning associations and their projects are then put in the spotlight during the closing ceremony.

The Ardent Awards have developed throughout the years and reinvent themselves for each edition, with new categories of awards like the municipality award in 2020. But the projects are always centered around 5 key societal issues:


Help for young people and support for education


Help for people with limited mobility, those who are isolated and employment


Help for parenthood, birth and the fight against poverty


Help through culture, sport, environment, technology and animals


Psychological and physical help

The 2020 winners

Every year, your projects, by their originality or suitability, stand out for the public and the members of the jury. In 2020, the plan for the Ardent Awards was turned upside down by the pandemic. So Ardent Group decided to postpone the 2020 edition and gave the budget to several sectors affected by the public health crisis.

At the start of 2021, the 6 winners of the 5th edition of the Ardent Awards were finally announced and will be put in the spotlight during the closing ceremony at the end of the year.

  • Integration categoryLe Pont with their project “Local bakery – new training”
  • Family categoryHavre-Sac ASBL ASBL with their project “Kili’s Kids: drop-in for children aged 0-6”
  • Disability categoryEntrevues / Guide dog school with their project “Guide Box – Guide for starting with a guide dog”
  • Well-being categoryCap2Sports with their project “Wheelchair-handball: roll towards quality!”
  • Childhood category (voted by Ardent Group staff with 46.5% of the votes) – La Lumière, Œuvre Royale pour Personnes Aveugles et Malvoyantes with their project “Integration of visually impaired children in schools”
  • Digital categoryCity of Hannut with their project “Ride and Buy”

You could also be one of the winners!

Do you want to make a project close to your heart a reality?

Stay tuned! Applications for the 6th edition of the Ardent Awards will open from 2022.