estoniaflagActive Citizens Fund 2014-2021 

Total allocation: €68 million
Allocation to Active Citizens Fund: €4 million

More information on the fund in the 2014-2021 period to become available on an ongoing basis.

See the EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021 fact sheet for Estonia.

NGO Programme 2009-2014

Total allocation: €48.6 million
Allocation to NGO Programme: € 2.3 million

The new programming period of the NGO Fund in Estonia focuses on three challenges in civil society:
  • The role of NGOs in fostering democratic values
  • Advocacy and watchdog role of civil society organisations
  • Capacity building of NGOs
The Estonian NGO Programme includes support to multicultural dialogue and  the  integration  of  national  minorities  as  well  as developing  social  services  with  focus  on  activities  targeting children and youth. 
Funding is made available through five open calls: two open calls for projects fostering advocacy and addressing issues of democratic values and three open calls for small capacity building projects.
A pre-defined capacity-building project „Development programme for public benefit NGOs" is also included adding value to the Programme through specific capacity building measures.
Under democratic values and advocacy development, supported measures may include network projects, encouraging coalitions of NGOs to work in cooperation or large-scale projects, focusing on advocacy and watchdog roles of NGOs. Under capacity-building measures, there will be specific support to minority NGOs, as well as service provision NGOs.
The NGO fund in Estonia was lauched June 2012 and the first call for proposals was autumn 2012. 
In the previous period of the NGO Fund of EEA and Norway Grants was concluded in 2011. Norway, Island and Liechtenstein contributed more than 2,1 mil euros for supporting NGOs role in democracy and civil society development, environment and sustainable development, social integration and regional development. Altogether 190 projects were supported.
Bilateral cooperation
In collaboration with the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, the programme includes joint events planned to take place in 2014 and 2015. These events may include activities such as exchanges of experts and professional trainers, joint celebrations of the Day of Democracy (15 September) and the Day of Human Rights (10 December). Furthermore, at least two study trips will be organised with the aim of sharing experiences of capacity-building among project promoters.
Call for proposals
1st call: September 2012
2nd call: September 2013
3rd call: October 2014 
Programme Operator
Resources and more information
Website of the Estonian NGO Programme
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Further information on the EEA Grants in Estonia.