€50,000 pilot project launched to support Estonian publications abroad

The front page of a June 1949 edition of Estonian-American newspaper Vaba Eesti Sõna (
The front page of a June 1949 edition of Estonian-American newspaper Vaba Eesti Sõna ("Free Estonian Word") featuring news about the mass deportations conducted in Estonia contrasted with a more contemporary June edition of the paper. Source: (Vaba Eesti Sõna)

The National Foundation of Civil Society (Kodanikuühiskonna Sihtkapital/ KÜSK) will launch a pilot project which will hand out €50,000 in grants to support Estonian publications abroad.

All publications aimed at Estonians abroad, published on paper or online, promoting the Estonian language or culture, including publications in English, can apply for funding.

The maximum grant per application is €10,000 for weekly publications and €5,000 for less frequent publications. Applications are accepted by KÜSK and financed by the Ministry of the Interior through the Office of the Minister of Population.

Commenting on the opening of the application round, head of KÜSK Anneli Roosalu said supporting Estonian publications abroad fulfills one of the very important goals of KÜSK, which is to increase the awareness of civil society.

Minister of Population Riina Solman said: "The aim of the application round is to support the sustainability of Estonian newspaper publications abroad in the communities of compatriots by providing news and information, strengthening the sense of belonging to Estonia and preserving and developing the Estonian language and culture. This is initially a pilot project, but I hope that the grant round will become one of the annual activities of the global Estonian program which is under development."

For more information contact the KÜSK.


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