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Frontpage News 2008 Boost for Estonian regional development

Boost for Estonian regional development

The Regional Development fund in Estonia launched a €1.9 million call for proposals today. Grants will be awarded to projects that will develop public services, increase cooperation among regional stakeholders and improve the economic sustainability of Estonian regions.

The overarching objective of the fund is to contribute to a sustainable and balanced development of the regions of Estonia. Eligible applicants include local government units and associations, county governments and non-profit organisations and foundations. The fund is open for  collaboration projects between municpalities in Estonia and Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

Grants will be awarded to projects aiming to:
•u0009Strengthen the administrative capacity of Estonian local governments, local government associations and county governments, mainly for developing public services and creating innovative/better development solutions for regions;
•u0009Promote cooperation between local governments, county governments, local government associations and non-profit associations on the local and regional level;
•u0009Improve the economic environment and sustainability of regions.

More information on the application procedures for the current call is available on the web page of fund intermediary Enterprise Estonia. Information seminars concerning the call will take place in the middle of January 2009 in Tallinn, Tartu, Pärnu and Jõhvi.
The fund's first call for project proposals in spring 2008 generated 52 applications, of which 22 were awarded grants. Read more