Estonian CSOs can apply for funding for their activities from different support funds. When choosing a fund and applying for financial support, it is recommended to learn about the fund’s support allocation principles and general purposes beforehand.
- Open Estonia Foundation
Purpose: to support the development of an open society in Estonia
- Cultural Endowment of Estonia
Purpose: supporting the arts, national culture, physical fitness and sports through purposeful collection and specific allocation of financial resources
- Estonian National Culture Foundation
Purpose: charity work in support of Estonia’s national culture through purposeful collection and distribution of financial resources
- Council of the Gambling Tax
Support of subject areas on the basis of priorities:
- The Ministry of Education and Research: youth work, language, education, science, and life-long learning projects
- Ministry of Culture: the field of sports: Olympic and non-Olympic sports projects; the field of culture: recreational activities
- Ministry of Social Affairs: the field of social welfare: welfare of children, seniors and people with special needs; victims of violence; creating equal opportunities; the field of public health and health care: public health services; health promotion projects
- Integration Foundation
Purpose: to see that people living in Estonia share common values and actively take part in civil society, so that ethnic groups living in Estonia would have the opportunity to maintain their native language and culture
- Environmental Investment Centre – Environmental Programme
Purpose: to preserve a healthy living environment, to value pure nature and sustainable development
- National Foundation of Civil Society (NFCS)
The NFCS supports the development of CSOs, their operational capacity and increased capacity for international cooperation through different competitions and calls for proposals. The NFCS also supports initiation of innovative civil society initiatives and facilitates the development of an environment encouraging active citizenship.
- Local Initiative Programme (LIP)
Purpose: to support regional development and increase the competitiveness of regions through the involvement and strengthening of the community
- Estonian Folk Culture Centre
Purpose: the Estonian Folk Culture Centre operates under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Culture in the name of preserving and developing Estonia’s national identity and a viable folk culture space. The Folk Culture Centre manages the state’s support programmes in the field of folk culture.
- Regional Investment Grant Programme (Enterprise Estonia)
Purpose: to improve the availability and quality of public services for the target group of the grant
International grant options
- Baltic-American Freedom Foundation (BAFF)
The Baltic-American Freedom Programme is meant for Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian organisations and aims to stimulate international exchange of ideas and cooperation between the Baltic states and U.S. organisations. The programme awaits applicants who wish to invite U.S. specialists to Estonia (or Latvia, Lithuania) to speak on topics of interest and significance.
- Grants of the European Commission
The European Commission offers direct financial allocations in the form of grants to projects and organisations that further EU’s interests or facilitate the implementation of an EU’s programme or policy. Organisations interested in financing can respond to invitations to tender.
- EU’s budget period 2014–2020 grant options are listed on the home page of structural funds
- The different grant options of European Territorial Cooperation are described on the home page of the Ministry of Finance
The existing cooperation programmes ‘Lifelong Learning Programme’, ‘European Youth’ and the European Commission’s international programmes for higher education have been united under one umbrella and joined with the sports programme. The new programme is called Erasmus+and its period is 2014–2020.
The Youth programme supports young people in acquiring skills and competences through active participation, the improvement of the quality of youth work, and the shaping of policies within the field of youth.
This sub-programme supports new opportunities for modernising teaching and learning, new cooperation projects in school and work life, and greater attention to skills necessary for performing one’s duties.
The sport sub-programme supports activities with international dimensions which support the anti-doping combat, tackle manipulation with sports results, and prevent violence and unequal treatment in sport. Initiatives related to the furthering of good management practices and double careers of athletes as well as public sport initiatives are also supported.
- Europe for Citizens Programme
Purpose: to give citizens the opportunity to act together and thereby facilitate the development of EU citizenship; to develop a European identity based on common values, history, and culture; to help people identify with the European Union; to improve mutual understanding between European citizens by respecting and furthering cultural and linguistic diversity and simultaneously furthering intercultural dialogue.
- LEADER Programme – Rural Development 2014–2020
Purpose: The development of rural areas, includes 99% of Estonia’s rural area (settlements with less than 4,000 residents)
- Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Estonia
Purpose: to ensure the global competitiveness of Nordic and Baltic countries and to thereby make the region globally internationally attractive in terms of its values as well as innovation.
If you have any questions regarding grant options for non-profit associations, please feel free to contact us.