Local Development and Poverty Reduction

Key facts

Programme Operator:
Ministry of Social Affairs - Estonia
Programme ID:
EE-LOCALDEV
Programme Donors
HDIR | NIPH | RA
Date of approval:
Total amount:
€18,000,000
EEA Grants fund:
€10,600,000
Norway Grants fund:
€ 7,400,000

Currently available funding

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Programme Summary

Objective

Strengthened social and economic cohesion

Programme summary

This Annex sets out the operational rules for the programme. The programme agreement is based on the MoU, the concept note and comments made by the Donors. Commitments, statements and guarantees, explicit as well as implicit, made in the concept note, are binding for the National Focal Point and the Programme Operator unless otherwise explicitly stipulated in the annexes to this programme agreement.

The Programme Operator is the Ministry of Social Affairs of Estonia. The Norwegian Directorate of Health (HDIR), the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (FHI) and the Directorate of Cultural Heritage (RA) shall act as Donor Programme Partners. The Ministry of Education and Research of Estonia (MoE), the Ministry of Justice of Estonia (MoJ) and the Ministry of Culture of Estonia (MoC) shall act as Programme Partners.

Certain tasks of the Programme Operator may be delegated to the Grants Administration Department of the State Shared Service Centre, however this does not in any way reduce or restrict the responsibility of the Programme Operator.  

The host Programme Area is ‘Local Development and Poverty Reduction’ (PA10). In addition to PA10, the Programme will provide grants within the following Programme Areas: PA04 ‘Work-life Balance”, PA06 ’European Public Health Challenges’, PA08 ‘Children and Youth at Risk’, PA09 ‘Youth Participation in the Labour Market’, PA14 ‘Cultural Entrepreneurship, Cultural Heritage and Cultural Cooperation’, PA16 Good Governance, Accountable institutions, Transparency, PA22 “Domestic and Gender-based Violence’. PA10 and PA16 objectives are cross-cutting all outcomes under the programme.

The programme objective ‘Strengthened social and economic cohesion’ will be attained through four outcomes:

  • The programme shall support “Enhanced wellbeing of children and youth” (Outcome 1) by way of two pre-defined projects (PDPs): ‘Specialised juvenile justice approach established’ (PDP 1) and ‘Establishment of a renewed family mediation system’ (PDP 2); two open calls covering the development of integrated services provisions models at local level and piloting of measures to support transition of disadvantaged children and youth across school levels and from education to the labour market (Call 1) and smart solutions in youth work (Call 2); and two small grants schemes (SGSs) to implement restorative justice measures for youth and raise awareness of these measures (SGS 1) and to develop and pilot career orientation programmes for youth at risk to move from basic education to VET’ (SGS 2).
  • The programme shall support “Reduced domestic and gender-based violence and gender inequalities” (Outcome 2) by way of two PDPs: ‘Strengthening the Victim Support System’ (PDP 3) and ‘Virtual Competence Centre of Gender Equality’ (PDP 4); one open call covering awareness raising activities on gender-based violence and to discourage demand for prostitution (Call 3); and one small grants scheme to train specialists in gender-based violence and develop a programme for sex-buyers (SGS 3).
  • The programme shall support “Improved prevention and reduced inequalities in health” (Outcome 3) by way of three PDPs: ‘Increasing physical activity of schoolchildren’ (PDP 5), ‘Increasing public health competence and capacity of local governments’ (PDP 6), and ‘Development of evaluation models and handling system for chronically mentally ill patients’ (PDP 7); and one open call for proposals to develop and pilot integrated service models at local level and to develop a home visitation and early intervention model.
  • The programme shall support “Historic town centres revitalised through heritage-based local development (Outcome 4) by way of one PDP: ‘Historic town centres revitalised through heritage-based local development’ (PDP 8) and one open call for revitalization of cultural heritage buildings in small towns for community purposes.

Programme Concerns

A maximum of € 3,000,000 of the programme grant shall be set aside for the programme area ''Cultural Entrepreneurship, Cultural Heritage and Cultural Cooperation''. The programme shall include measures that address integration of national minorities.

The programme shall include measures that address integration of national minorities.

Bilateral Ambitions

€ 50,000 shall be allocated to the programme from the fund for bilateral relations. This does not prevent the Joint Committee for Bilateral Funds from allocating additional funds to the programme. The programme will be implemented in conjunction with the programme Local Development and Poverty Reduction implemented under the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2014-2021.| € 75,000 shall be allocated to the programme from the fund for bilateral relations. This does not prevent the Joint Committee for Bilateral Funds from allocating additional funds to the programme.

Information on the projects funded by the EEA and Norway Grants is provided by the Programme and Fund Operators in the Beneficiary States, who are responsible for the completeness and accuracy of this information.