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Cultural and sports funding

Cultural funding

How is the state supporting the organizers of cultural and sports events, institutions and freelancers who incur huge losses because of the emergency situation?

There is a crisis package to mitigate the crisis that has hit the culture and sports sector because of the emergency situation.

The goal is to give emergency assistance related to the corona crisis as follows:

  • compensation of costs already incurred by organizations due to the suspension of their activities, or unavoidable future costs -- close to 20 million Euros;
  • freelance creative persons, coaches and instructors of folk culture collectives -- close to 5 million Euros.

More information here:

Entrepreneurs and creators will be supported with other means as well.

  • Creative enterprises are recommended to us the application round of Enterprise Estonia.
  • Freelance creative persons might find of help the support for a creative activity to creative persons engaged in a liberal profession provided by the Creative Persons and Artistic Associations Act. The budget for the support for creative activity will increase considerably and it will be possible to make support payments to about 1200 freelance creative person who can be active in whichever form and do not need to be members of any artistic associations. You can find more information here.
  • The Cultural Endowment of Estonia has introduced a measure for the emergency situation which would allow for the foundations and county expert groups to allocate special grants for the purposes of maintaining creative and sporting activities. For additional information see:
  • The Government has adopted a support package which suspends the advance payment of social taxes for natural person entrepreneurs, so self-employed persons do not have to pay the social tax advance for the first quarter.
  • The Tax and Customs Board suspended calculating interest on tax arrears from March 1, until the end of the emergency situation. When the emergency situation is over, the interest on tax debt will be reduced by half (from 0.06 % to 0.03).
  • Compensation for reduced remuneration will be provided by the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund for the total amount of EUR 250 million
  • The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications has established an e-mail address for businesses to get assistance with their concerns and questions: covid19[at]mkm[dot]ee.

More information on the website of the Ministry of Culture.

Can private cultural operators count on state support if the event is cancelled or tickets are returned?

If the cancelled or postponed event has received support from the state budget, please immediately inform the Ministry of Culture. Issues related to a cancelled or postponed event and state support will be resolved on a case-by-case basis. Grants will not be reclaimed all over the board.

Sports funding

Will the coaching allowance continue to be paid in the Emergency Situation?

Applying for and granting the coaching allowance and paying your salary will continue as usual. On-site inspections by the Sports Training and Information Foundation will not be organized until the situation normalises.


Last updated: 16 June 2020