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Factsheet for measure EE-2020-17/362 Updated – measures in Estonia

Support package for culture field

Kultuurisektori abipakett

Country Estonia , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 19 April 2020 – 07 April 2022
Context COVID-19
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial)
Author Ingel Kadarik (Praxis Center for Policy Studies) and Eurofound
Measure added 07 April 2020 (updated 30 May 2022)

Background information

Due to restrictions on public gatherings, most of the events in culture sector were cancelled. The companies and event organisers therefore have lost millions of euros of income. To relieve the damage, the Ministry of Culture plans to partly compensate the costs already incurred by the event organisers. For this, supplementary finances were allocated from the state budget. The respective legislation regarding the supplementary state budget was approved by the Parliament on 15 April 2020.

Content of measure

A total of €19.8 million is available to be allocated to sport and culture field companies. The aim of the support package is to partially compensate the costs already incurred to companies in cultural sector. The total amount is divided as follows:

  • The highest share would go to museums in the amount of €6 million.
  • Theaters (private as well as public sector) are expected to receive €4 million.
  • Music field (regarding festivals and cancelled concerts, etc.) receives €4 million.
  • For cancelled sports events €2.6 million is foreseen.
  • Visual arts and movies should expect to receive €600,000 and literature and publishing €500,000.


The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.

07 March 2022

Part of the budget for measure in 2021 remained unused which was allocated to fields where the most troubles were found: 1) private concert organisers could apply for a support in the amount of 50% of the average sales revenue earned three years ago and the preceding financial year (maximum €200,000); 2) cultural organisers could apply for a support calculated on the basis of a decrease in the income of the last financial year or an increase in expenses compared to the financial year three years ago (maximum €200,000), the decrease in revenue or the increase in costs must be directly related to the effects and limitations of the COVID-19 outbreak.

22 December 2021

Most of the application rounds for the budget allocated in April 2021 were closed between June and December 2021. Only the application round for support for the risk mitigation of the organiser of the cultural event or conference is still open at the end of December 2021. Now new measures are currently foreseen.

07 September 2021

Between 7 and 20 September, associations in sport who are members of National Olympic Committee and have more than 100 members are eligible for support which is intended to cover their costs retrospectively in January-August 2021. The budget for the application round was €600,000.

21 April 2021

From the additional state budget, €42 million was allocated for sport and culture field.

  1. Sport and culture field with state participation – total budget €6.5 million, the support is intended to reimburse the costs of economic activities and / or to restructure a service, product or business model. The amount of the grant may not exceed the difference between revenue and expenditure in the organisation’s budget submitted by the applicant.
  2. Sport and culture field (private organisations and local governments) – total budget €8.85 million; the purpose of the support is to ensure the sustainability of cultural operators significantly affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. The calculation of the amount of support is based on the average turnover of 2.5 months earned in 2019 according to the months of operation, but not more than €150,000 per applicant.
  3. Restructuring support for sport and culture field (private organisations and local governments) – total budget €4.15 million; the minimum amount of the grant €1,000 and the maximum amount is €200,000 per applicant.
  4. Cinemas and movies – total budget is €5.3 million, for film producers, the maximum amount is 60,000 – 300,000 per producer (depending which costs to compensate); for film distributors, the maximum amount is €200,000 per applicant (depending on the number of movies distributed); for cinemas, the maximum amount is €700,000 per applicant (depending on the number of cinema halls). Minimum eligible amount applied for is €5,000.
  5. Support for the risk mitigation of the organiser of the cultural event or conference – total budget is €2 million; events organised will be guaranteed; the minimum amount of the guarantee is €5,000 and the maximum amount €100,000 per event or conference. The application round will be opened in August.
  6. Emergency assistance for experience centers and conference building owners – total budget €1.5 million, the calculation of the grant is based on the average turnover of 2.5 months earned in 2019 according to the months of operation, but not more than €150,000 per applicant.
  7. Different support measures are available for sport field – championship leagues receive up to total of €100,000; indoor sports facilities up to €550,000 in total (€1.5-3 per square meter); coaches working on the basis of service agreements were eligible for 60% of the gross monthly payment, but up to €1,000 per month, in the amount of 1.5 months; support for the sustainability of physical activity events for organisations organising traditional physical activity events of national importance in order to ensure their sustainability when restrictions are lifted in the total amount of €455,000.
30 March 2021

For the Harjumaa and Ida-Virumaa regions' culture managers, additional €2.4 million was allocated. 178 applicants will receive support.

17 March 2021

The Government agreed on the additional state budget which allows to use €42 million in the field of culture and sport. For culture field, €37.8 million is planned of which €25.3 million will be allocated to cultural managers; €5.3 million for cinemas, film producers and distributors. The support can be used for wage costs as well as for other costs. For sport field, €4.2 million will be allocated. In addition, in the amount of €6 million, a risk fund will be created which will cover the costs of important events that have already made but must be cancelled due to restrictions.

The exact terms and conditions will be made available after the Parliament has approved the draft act of the additional budget.

05 January 2021

On 17 December, the Government introduced additional budget for COVID-19 measures. Culture and sport field will receive additional €1.4 million, of which €560,000 will be allocated to culture and hobby activities, and €811,000 to sport field; on 30 December additional €153,000 was added.

On 30 December, additional funds to Harjumaa and Ida-Virumaa, two regions that have most suffered due to the second wave, were decided to be allocated in the amount of €3.7 million.

Specific conditions will be similar to the previous rounds, but exact conditions will be published in January 2021.

06 October 2020

In September 2020, two new fields were added among those who will receive state support, because €2.5 million was left from the previous allocation round. €350,000 is allocated to folk culture field, including hobby theaters, handicraft collectives, community culture centres, etc. €2 million will be allocated to film and music field. The target group is wider than in the first round and no ceiling is set to the support per company/collective.

03 July 2020

The applications were accepted between 8 and 18 May 2020. Each field had its own specific conditions for the compensation and eligibility criteria.

Use of measure

In 2021 in the sports field 252 applications with a total amount of €1.24 million have been approved by 1 June. In the culture field (private organisations in the culture and cinema/movie field) 710 applications with a total amount of €14 million have been approved by 19 June, and 79 applications with an amount of €2.9 million for experience centers and conference building owners were received by 28 May.

From the additional budget allocated in Spring 2021 sport and culture fields with state participation received a total of €4.1 million support to 31 organisations for two rounds in the sports field (ensuring the sustainability of physical activities and support for international sport events) altogether €903,556 was allocated which was used by 17 projects for sports associations. Altogether €670,000 was allocated covering 20 organisations.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Sector specific set of companies
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Unknown Consulted
Form Not applicable Any other form of consultation, institutionalised (as stable working groups or committees) or informal

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: Peak or cross-sectoral level


On the basis of state level good practice, relevant social partners are consulted when legislation is changed, i.e. they are informed about the changes and have the opportunity to give feedback in written form.

Views and reactions

According to the feedback of the Estonian Association of SMEs, the foreseen budget allocation is not sufficient and more finances should be used to support the companies.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      R - Arts, Entertainment And Recreation R90 Creative, arts and entertainment activities
      R91 Libraries, archives, museums and other cultural activities
      R93 Sports activities and amusement and recreation activities

This case is not occupation-specific.


  • 02 April 2020: Culture and sport field package (Lisaeelarve: kultuuri- ja spordivaldkonna kriisipaketi suurus on ühtekokku 25 miljonit eurot) (
  • 05 May 2020: Culture support package (kultuurivaldkonna toetuspakett) (
  • 14 September 2020: Additional support for music and films (Avanesid lisavoorud muusika- ja filmivaldkonnale) (
  • 17 September 2020: New support round for folk culture (Lähiajal avanevad kriisiabi lisavoorud rahvakultuurivaldkonnale) (
  • 17 December 2020: Additional support 17 December (Uued kriisitoetused hõlmavad ka kultuuri, sporti ja täiskasvanute huvitegevust) (
  • 30 December 2020: Second wave compensation measures (Valitsus kinnitas COVID-19 teise laine kahjude toetusmeetmed) (
  • 30 March 2021: Crisis support for two Harjumaa and Ida-Virumaa (Kriisiabi Harjumaale ja Ida-Virumaale) (
  • 01 April 2021: Additional state budget (Riigi lisaeelarve) (
  • 08 July 2021: Crisis assistance in the field of culture and sports (Kriisiabi kultuuri- ja spordivaldkonnas) (
  • 15 October 2021: Spordialaliitudele eraldati 670 000 euro eest kriisiabi (Sport associations received €670,000 crisis support) (
  • 06 December 2021: Spordivaldkond sai üle 900 000 euro kriisiabi (Sport field received more than €900,000 crisis support) (
  • 22 December 2021: Kriisiabi kultuuri- ja spordivaldkonnas (Crisis support in the field of culture and sport) (
  • 07 March 2022: Kriisiabi - erakorraline abi kultuurikorraldajatele (Crisis assistance - extraordinary support to culture organisers) (
  • 08 March 2022: Kriisiabi - erakorraline abi suurkontserdikorraldajatele (Crisis assistance - extraordinary support to concert organiser) (


Eurofound (2020), Support package for culture field, measure EE-2020-17/362 (measures in Estonia), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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