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
- 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 developmen
- 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 (Closed for application)
Purpose: to improve the availability and quality of public services for the target group of the grant
- Support opportunities of other European Union structural funds are available also at the portal EuroAccess, which combines information about more than 200 financing options for NGOs as well as the business and public sector.
- Asylum, Migration, and Integration Fund (AMIF)
Purpose: the general purpose of the fund is to support the effective management of migration flows and to implement, strengthen, and develop a joint asylum, additional, or temporary protection policy as well a joint migration policy, thereby respecting to the full extent the rights and principles established in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.
- Calls for proposal for communal security
Purpose: within the framework of implementing the Internal Security Development Plan 2015–2020, the Ministry of the Interior wishes to facilitate local initiatives and cooperation for creating a safe living environment and finances the execution of calls of proposals to serve this purpose.
- ‘Nopi Üles’ – a project contest for youth initiatives
Purpose: the project fund ‘Nopi Üles’ is designated for young people aged 7–26 to support the execution of ideas related to the community.
Gambling tax resources
- Ministry of Culture
Cultural funds are distributed by the Estonian Folk Culture Centre that processes the applications submitted for the call for proposals ‘Regional cultural activities’. The aim of providing support for regional cultural activities is to create and preserve the opportunities to partake in culture across Estonia by facilitating the sustainability and development of cultural life, the latter being focused mainly on communal activities for children and young people.
- Financing sports – the state supports recreational sports, competitive sports, and youth sports and is interested in the improvement of the physical activeness of Estonian people. For this purpose, the state supports different sports organisations and invests in the construction of sports facilities and places for athletic activities as well as the modernisation of existing facilities. The financing is organised by the Olympic Committee and the Ministry of Culture
- Ministry of Social Affairs
Call for proposals for small projects – projects related to medicine, welfare services, families, the elderly and disabled people, and people with gambling addiction will be processed by the State Shared Service Centre. The call for proposals for small projects is organised four times per year and the call for proposals for strategic partnerships at least once per year.
The procedure for selecting the recipients of the support of the disabled people and selecting strategic partners is being developed.
- Ministry of Education and Research
There will be no continuous calls at the Ministry of Education and Research; the ministry has selected strategic partners for three years and has distributed activity supports for the period of one year.
- Ministry of Finance
The current regional investment supports will be granted for the execution of county development planYou can also read about the top 20 international support options for NGOs on the website www.fundsforNGOs.org.
International grant option
- 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 fund
- The different grant options of European Territorial Cooperation are described on the home page of the Ministry of Financ
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
- Citizens, equality, rights and values programme
Purpose: This programme aims to protect and promote Union rights and values as enshrined in the EU Treaties and the Charter of Fundamental Rights. It will contribute to sustain and further develop open, rights-based, democratic, equal and inclusive societies based on the rule of law. The program offers funding for projects that promote non-discrimination, gender equality, children’s rights, European remembrance, civic participation, or the fight against racism and gender-based violence. Depending on the call for proposal, both national and international projects will be funded.
- 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.
- Environmental Investment Centre – The environmental awareness programme
The purpose is to shape an understanding that humans are part of nature, that nature is the basis for economy and culture, and that there must be a balance between environmental protection and use of the environment.
In addition to project applications, NGOs can also get help (financial as well as non-financial) from outside the public sector. Here are some examples on how to find support:
The Hooandja website includes a crowdfunding platform for NGOs that was created with the support of the National Foundation of Civil Society. It is a platform where NGOs as well as active citizens who simply want to show initiative to do something for the community can collect money from other helpful people in the form of donations in different amounts. In addition to financial support, it is also possible to ask assistance through volunteering or donation of different material resources.
The Estonian Employers’ Confederation and Swedbank invite employers across Estonia to join the charity initiative ‘Let’s donate time’ and give their employees one paid day off per year, so that the employees could use it for doing good. This is a simple and flexible model for starting a charity in an enterprise or for adding to the already existing responsible actions.
If you have any questions regarding grant options for non-profit associations, please feel free to contact us.