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Estonia NGO fund

  • Estonia's €2.3 million NGO fund supports 190 projects by civil society organisations within the focus areas democracy and civil society, environment and sustainable development, and social integration and local development.

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    Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway are supporting the Estonian NGO fund with €2.1 million, with the Estonian government providing the remaining 10% of the fund.

    The overall goal of the fund is to support Estonia’s economic and social development through strengthening civil society. Through 6 open calls, grants were awarded to projects by non governmental organisations that could raise their institutional capacity, influence and role in society.

    The NGO fund awarded grants to 190 projects:
    86 within the focus area of democracy, human rights and discrimination;
    42 within the focus area of environment; and
    62 focused on regional policy.

    When the NGO fund was launched in November 2007, Mall Hellam of the Open Estonia Foundation, managing the fund, underlined the importance of the fund in ensuring financial sustainability for Estonian NGOs. Hellam also stressed that the establishment of the NGO Fund signaled that Estonia acknowledged the necessity of not only dealing with economic achievements in society, but also with civic participation and cohesion.

  • Country:


    Project title:

    Fund for non-Governmental Organisations (NGO Fund)

    Case number:


    Priority sector:

    NGO funds



    Type & project assistance:

    NGO Fund

    Project duration:

    43 months

    Project cost:

    € 2,472,637

    Grant rate:


    Grant agreement date:

    12 September 2007

    The purpose of the Fund is to improve the capacity, role and influence of Estonian civil society organisations, with the overall objective of supporting the economic and social development through strengthening the civil society in Estonia. Reference is made to the application received 15 May 2007 and subsequent correspondence dated 5 June and 12 June 2007.

    The completed Fund shall include the following activities and results:

    - Fund management;

    - re-granting towards selected sub-projects;

    - publicity and information activities.

    The Intermediary is the Open Estonia Foundation.

    The Focal Point shall ensure that the Estonian Government provides at least 9.09 percent of the total estimated eligible costs of the Fund.