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State to continue supporting national minority organisations
13.12.2017

The state has been financially supporting the activities of national minority cultural associations since the early 1990s and is to continue doing so. The Integration Foundation has launched a competition to support the activities of the umbrella organisations of national minority cultural associations for the period from 2018-2020.

 

Kristina Pirgop, the Head of Partnership Relations with the Integration Foundation, says that activity support helps national minorities foster their culture and promote it in society. “The national minorities living in Estonia wouldn’t be able to maintain their identity if they didn’t focus on their culture themselves,” she said. “And getting different communities involved helps improve social integration.”

 

The application round for activity support for the umbrella organisations of national minority cultural associations is based on a period of three years rather than one so that the organisations are able to plan their development in the longer term. Activity support is financed by the Ministry of Culture. The budget in the first year of the application round (i.e. 2018) is 452,000 euros. Pirgop says that the amount available in the following two years will depend on the recipient’s results from the previous year.

 

In parallel with the activity support competition, the Integration Foundation has launched a project-based competition designed for national minority cultural associations, at the heart of which is the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia. “We’ll be supporting events organised by national minority cultural associations and their cooperation with other Estonian cultural organisations in celebrating the centenary,” Pirgop explained. The total budget of the competition is 80,860 euros, with a maximum of 6000 euros being awarded to a single project.

 

The deadline for the submission of applications for activity support is 23 January 2018, while those for the cultural society project competition can be submitted until 9 January 2018.

 

For more information on the competitions (in Estonian) see:

- Rahvusvähemuste kultuuriseltside katusorganisatsioonide toetuse taotlusvoor aastateks 2018-2020

- Rahvusvähemuste kultuuriühingute projektikonkurss

 

In the last three-year period, 16 umbrella organisations of national minority cultural associations and their members were supported – 231 associations in total.

 

For further information please contact:

 

Kristina Pirgop

Head of Partnership Relations, Integration Foundation

E-mail: kristina.pirgop@integratsioon.ee

Telephone: +372 659 9024 | Mobile: +372 5194 1147