Funded projects

Results of the 2nd open call

Results of the second open call

Below is a list of projects that contributed to the capacity building of civil society organisations.

The supported projects are presented in alphabetical order.

Estonian Environmental Law Centre
Establishing a platform for cooperation between communities affected by mining of mineral resources
EUR 18 642

The main activity of the project is the creation of a community online platform where people and communities affected by mining or facing new mining plans can share information, experience, and advice. In addition to the platform, a participation guide will be created, public participatory training will be provided and professional legal advice on specific issues will be given throughout the project to ensure that communities and citizens are knowledgeable when participating in decision-making. 

The project will result in collaborative community members living in the mining areas who are aware of the mining process and use and maintain a common communication platform. The Estonian Environmental Law Centre is better equipped in in planning and conducting advocacy on mining issues.


Estonian Fund for Nature
The future of local forest: conscious participants and better decisions
EUR 19 977

The project focuses on empowerment of local communities and municipalities on forest management. To achieve this, participation opportunities are introduced, and participation encouraged at local municipality and community leaders’ gatherings; seminars and roundtables are organised, and a “toolbox” for different cases and circumstances developed. As a result, the quality of local level decisions will improve and public interest inclusion in decision-making process will increase. This will lead to lesser conflict in local level and helps to improve coherence both locally and in wider society. Public interest-conscious forest management is better able to provide ecosystem services and fulfil the cultural and social role of forests. With new qualifications and a toolbox, the Estonian Fund for Nature will be better prepared to serve the communities that turn to them for assistance.


Estonian Non-formal Adult Education Association
Developing the communication activities of non-formal learning associations
EUR 13 648

The aim of the project is to increase the capacity of non-formal education centres to involve less-competitive people with fewer opportunities to lifelong learning (LLL). During the project, a joint communication plan 2020-2024 of the Association and its members will be developed which will also include guidelines on how to engage students with fewer opportunities; a collection and publishing of success-stories about participation in LLL will be launched, and seminars on how to support less-competitive people in LLL will be conducted. As a result of the project the information on LLL will be better available for learners, the communication activities of non-formal education centres are more efficient and their role in local communities has increased. 


Estonian Society of Children and Youth with Diabetes
Promoting Advocacy for People with Type 1 Diabetes
EUR 20 000

The objective of the project is to increase the social leverage of people with type 1 diabetes and to increase the transparency of their advocacy activities. A survey will be conducted to assess the factors that influence the quality of life of people with type 1 diabetes, their need for support services and medical equipment, and other health-related challenges they face. Based on the results of the survey, the society is going to assess the success of their current advocacy activities and plan the activities for the next five years in order to combat health-related inequality and promote a people-focused approach in healthcare.


Estonian Union of Child Welfare
Development of a nationwide network and collaboration and raising the communication skills of its membership
EUR 17 992

The aim of the project is to develop and efficient and influential civil society network on child’s rights that maintains and contributes public discussion on child’s rights. To achieve this, the Estonian Union for Child Welfare is working to further develop the nationwide network and collaboration, also to strengthen the communication capacities of its members to increase their ability to engage and participate effectively in improving the standard of children's rights. Together with the partners, the principles of networking will be reviewed and agreed and also the work of the Youth Council will be expanded and empowered. With the help of youngsters, the Estonian Child Welfare Association’s web magazine, ‘Märka Last’ (‘Notice a Child’) is being developed into an information platform of the same name, which is both a real input, an output and an inclusion tool.


Estonian Village Movement Kodukant
Programme for seamless rural society
EUR 19 975

The project will help to increase the vitality of rural communities by empowering Kodukant member organisations and village leaders, raise their advocacy capacity as well as create stronger ties between communities and rural municipalities. The project is aimed at village leaders, heads and officials of local governments and member organisations of Kodukant. The activities of the project include mapping the status of the target groups and advocacy capacity of the village movement, organising seminars that bring together communities and municipalities, and piloting a community service conference. Also, an inspiration seminar for the members of Kodukant will be held. The project will provide a better understanding of the situation of rural communities, build bridges between local authorities and village activists and raise public awareness of the importance of community empowerment; the internal coherence of the village movement and the number of municipalities in partnership with the village movement will also increase.


Estonian Youth Mental Health Movement
Strategic inclusion to mental health movement
EUR 19 864

The aim of the project is the development of Estonian Youth Mental Health Movement’s strategic management in order to empower and serve as the voice of its target group on social and political arena.  There will be trainings on multiple topics such as inclusive leadership, project writing, advocacy work and communicating with the media. A strategy document will be compiled to improve the systematic work of the organisation and all throughout the project the target group will be a part of it to empower them. Organisation members will be engaged both in the management and activities of the organisation that will lead to their active contribution to the advocacy on behalf of youth with mental health problems.


Federation of Estonian Student Unions
Developing the advocacy capacity of student unions
EUR 12 436

The aim of the project is to develop the capacity of Estonian student unions to fulfil its main goal, to represent the interests of students in a democratic and transparent way and to engage them in decision-making processes in their universities. There will be trainings for heads of student unions and activists on advocacy and support services for student unions on mobilising students. Lesser experienced student unions will receive support in launching their advocacy activities. The Federation will also put together a manual for student unions that will maintain the knowledge for future student union managements.

The Foundation for Science and Liberal Arts Domus Dorpatensis
Expansion of the DD Academy into the Baltic states
EUR 17 844

The aim of the project is to increase the capacity of Domus Dorpatensis in three strategic domains: building partnerships, networking and communications in order to launch sustainable DD Academy youth development and leadership programmes in all Baltic states. The programme focuses on raising civic awareness and elaborating on democratic practices, inc civil society organisations. Programme participants learn to analyse and develop democracy and NGOs. This in turn will help to advance democracy and increase civic activism in all three countries. 


NGO Mondo
Raising the capacity of Mondo and the Norwegian Refugee Council to offer digital education to the youth in emergency context
EUR 16 500

The aim of the project is to raise the capacity of NGO Mondo in innovative education solutions in emergencies, targeting the refugee youth of 15-24 years old. In the course of the project NGO Mondo will carry out study visits to the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) education programs in Uganda and Ethiopia to assess the needs for implementing NGO Mondo digital competencies program, and to exchange experiences in monitoring and evaluation. NGO Mondo and NRC head office will also map out plans for future partnerships in digital education for the refugee youth globally. 


NGO Oma Tuba
Developing the watchdog capacity of the Feministeerium
EUR 16 500

The goal of this project is to enhance the capacity of Feministeerium’s investigative journalism skills. The project involves training Feministeerium editors in investigative journalism and mentoring them in conducting their independent journalistic research. As a result of the project, Feministeerium editors can conduct in-depth analyses in the field of gender equality and equal treatment using investigative journalism skills. The NGO's overall goal is to create positive changes to the social position of women, sexual and gender minorities with the use of tools of communication, cultural practice and grassroots activism methods. As a result of this project, the capacity of Feministeerium to accomplish this goal in the communication area will have improved.


Policy Centre Praxis
Gender and inequality as cross-cutting themes in research and training programmes
EUR 12 633

The goal of the project is to have the policy analyses featuring gender gaps and minority populations as well as suggesting measures to promote equality. Training programmes for public sector managers should ideally entail content on principles of gender equality and equal treatment (so called horizontal themes). To reach these goals the project will map the best practices of Praxis and train analysts and heads of programmes on how to incorporate horizontal themes in their daily work. The new knowledge gained from the mapping exercise and action-learning training will be shared with non-governmental advocacy organisations and civil servants responsible for procuring studies and trainings. As the result of the project the competences of Praxis´ analysts, civil society organisations and public sector policy makers will be improved regarding mainstreaming horizontal themes in research and training.


Postitee Scenic Drive Association
Development and implementation of the internal and external communication concept of the Postitee Scenic Drive Association
EUR 10 000

The aim of the project is to develop the concept and action plan for the internal communication of the Postitee Scenic Drive Association and external communication (marketing concept, initial development task for the homepage, marketing materials design) for 2021-2023. These activities support the project's strategic goal of improving the long-term sustainability and capacity of the network and strengthening its role in promoting civil activity and empowering the community. 


Social Innovation Lab
Development project of the Social Innovation Lab
EUR 19 989

Today there is a lack of knowledge and skills both in local governments, public sector and civil society on how to work together across sectors in solving wicked problems. The aim of the project is to raise the capacity of Social Innovation Lab to solve wicked problems, namely in managing multi-party cooperation processes and disseminating co-creation methodologies. SiLab will import and adapt scenario planning, empower the members of its network in disseminating the methodologies of co-creation and introduce the essence of co-creation to officials and leaders of civil society organisations. 


Support Association of People with Special Needs Tugiliisu
Increasing the management capacity of EIT Tugiliisu
EUR 14 000

The aim of the project is to increase the management capacity of EIT Tugiliisu to ensure its sustainability and professionalism in providing services to vulnerable groups. Due to new staff there will be team-building trainings, the analysis of personnel work and a new job position for personnel specialist created. The organisation will also participate in volunteer leadership training and Volunteer Friend Label development programme.  As a result, the activities of Tugiliisu will be more transparent, its management more efficient and the interests of its target group – people with mental disorders better represented.