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80,000 euros to be awarded in support of culture and sports

On 24 January 2018 the Integration Foundation launched a project competition to support cultural and sports events. Projects designed to involve people from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds in Estonia and to celebrate the centenary of the country can be submitted. The total budget for the competition is 80,000 euros, with a maximum of 10,000 euros being awarded per project.

Jana Tondi, the Head of Language and Cultural Immersion with the Integration Foundation, says that sports and culture promote the integration of people who speak different languages. “Enjoying sports and cultural events gets people of different nationalities talking to one another much more naturally than they might in other circumstances,” she said. “Besides which, successful sports teams and cultural collectives these days are becoming more and more multicultural. Just look at professional football.”

Tondi says that projects with greater social impact will be given preference in the competition, especially those that focus on Ida-Viru County and the parts of Harju County that are home to many people who speak Russian as their first language. Other undertakings which aim to make society more open and tolerant and emphasise greater cooperation between people of different nationalities in Estonia are also welcome.

The deadline for the submission of applications is 26 February 2018, with the projects needing to be implemented between April and November.

An information session for applicants will be held at 14:00 on 13 February at the Tallinn office of the Integration Foundation (Lõõtsa 2A, 8th floor). Please register for this event in advance by e-mailing

Projects to which support was awarded last year included the Narva Fun Run, the ‘Football Unites!’ project of the Estonian Football Association, the ‘Together in Sport: Joint Events Involving Estonians and Newly Arrived Immigrants’ project of the NPO Ethical Links, the NPO Rajamuusika project “Festival IDeeJazz’17 @ Narva”, the OÜ ÕM Festival project ‘Voice of the Hills’ and Nutigeen OÜ’s project ‘Family Robotics Day: Kids as Robotics Teachers’. In total, 15 projects were awarded support.

The competition is being financed by the Ministry of Culture.

For further information please contact:

Jana Tondi
Head of Language and Cultural Immersion, Integration Foundation
Telephone: +372 659 9069