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Expat Estonian cultural associations can submit projects for jubilee year

Today, on 26 October the Republic of Estonia 100 and Countrymen Programme project competitions were announced, which support the activities of expat Estonian cultural associations with 100,000 euros to mark the anniversary year.

According to Kristina Pirgop, Head of Partnership Relations at the Integration Foundation, the support given to foreign cultural associations is larger than before. “The year 2018 is special for the Republic of Estonia and we want events keeping Estonian culture alive abroad to turn into reality and Estonians living far away to feel like part of Estonian cultural life,” said Pirgop.

According to Anne-Ly Reimaa, an adviser at the Ministry of Culture, the interest of expat Estonian cultural associations in the application rounds has been huge. “We consider it very important that Estonians living abroad keep a connection with their home country and that Estonian traditions and culture also be preserved at places where Estonians live. Estonians living abroad are often the first ones to introduce our country,” Reimaa said.

According to Heilika Pikkov, International Programme Manager of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU and Estonia's centenary, all Estonian friends from both sides of the border are welcome to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia. “This is the most important celebration of our country’s history – the time when all Estonians all over the world should feel like one big family,” Pikkov said.

The Countrymen Programme competition projects are supported with up to 3000 euros, the Republic of Estonia 100 competition project with up to 7000 euros.

The deadline for both applications is 30 November 2017.

The terms and conditions of the competition can be found on the website of the Integration Foundation at

The project competitions are organised by the Integration Foundation and funded by the State Chancellery and the Ministry of Culture from the resources of the ‘Countrymen Programme 2014–2020’. The Countrymen Programme is managed by the Ministry of Education and Research.

More information about the anniversary programme can be found online at

For further information please contact:

Heilika Pikkov

International Programme Manager for the 100th anniversary celebrations and Estonia’s presidency of the European Union

Mobile: (+372) 56 91 20 91

Kristina Pirgop

Head of Partnership Relations, Integration Foundation

Telephone: (+372) 659 9024, (+372) 5194 1147