Grant Scheme

The projects that have been financed from the Programme thus far can be divided into three main categories based on their selection procedures and financing principles: 

  1. pre-defined projects;
  2. projects selected from open calls;
  3. projects selected via the small grant scheme. 

What differentiates the small grant scheme from the open call is that the projects are shorter in duration and the financial support is smaller. 

 

Pre-Defined Projects

The pre-defined projects are unique in the sense that their project promoters, grant amounts and objectives have been determined in the Programme Agreement. This means that the projects have been developed and designed according to the specific needs of the society.  
Two pre-defined projects are in implementation:

Project Promoter: Office of the Gender Equality and Equal Treatment Commissioner
Grant Amount: €700 000

Project Promoter: Statistics Estonia
Grant Amount: €227 762

Open Calls

Two calls for proposals for projects promoting gender equality were opened by the Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs on 31 May 2013. Within the framework of the calls, funds were separately set aside for projects promoting gender equality as well as for projects promoting work-life balance.

In other words, it was possible to apply for grants from two separate calls for proposals that were merged into one open call:

  • mainstreaming gender equality;
  • promoting work-life balance.

All entities, public or private, commercial or non-commercial and non-governmental organisations, established as legal entities in Estonia as well as inter-governmental organisations operating in Estonia were all considered eligible applicants. Inclusion of domestic and/or foreign project partners, consultants, and other experts was permitted and encouraged.

The deadline to submitting applications was 26 August 2013. Overall, 6 applications were submitted: 4 in the field of mainstreaming gender equality and 2 in the area of work-life balance.

Each application was evaluated by two independent experts according to the selection criteria and evaluation grid set forward in the Guidelines for Applicants Responding to the Call for Proposals. Consequently, a ranking of projects was presented to the Selection Committee formed by the Ministry of Social Affairs. In instances where an application received scores that differed more than 30%, a third expert was commissioned to conduct an independent evaluation. In such cases the average of the two closest scores was used when forming the ranking.

Projects submitted in the field of mainstreaming gender equality were evaluated by: Astrid Mats, Kait Kabun, Liina Järviste, and Reimo Mets.

Projects submitted in the field of promoting work-life balance were evaluated by: Astrid Mats, Kait Kabun, and Redi Koobak.

The Selection Committee was an entity established by the Ministry and consisting of three people, all of whom possessed relevant expertise in the field of gender equality. Two of the three members were external and independent of the Ministry.

The Selection Committee reviewed the ranking of applications and had the power to modify the ranking in justified cases. Nonetheless, the Selection Committee approved the ranking without modifications and made their recommendations of projects to be financed. The final financing decision was cast on 21 November 2013.

Projects that were supported in the area of mainstreaming gender equality:

"GOAL - Integrating Gender into Teacher Education and Training"

Project Promoter: Estonian Women’s Associations Roundtable Foundation
Grant Amount: €224 808

"Gender equality programme for social sciences and teacher education programme students" 

Project Promoter: Praxis Centre for Policy Studies
Grant Amount: €183 366

Projects that were supported in the area of work-life balance:

"Developing a support mechanism for enterprises that promote work and family life balance"

Project Promoter: Responsible Business Forum
Grant Amount: €170 000

"Efficiency and equity in matching pre-schools (i.e. kindergartens) and children: mechanism design approach (EEMD)"

Project Promoter: Tallinn University of Technology
Grant Amount: €170 000

Small Grant Scheme

The additional open call under the small grant scheme was launched 12 April 2015.
The call for proposals was designed to support activities aimed at promoting gender equality through contributing to the reconciliation of work, family and private life. As a result of the implemented projects, the Project Promoter’s capacity to support work, family and private life balance has increased the employees’ quality of life has improved and the Project Promoters have received a competitive advantage.

  • The total amount of the grant to be distributed was 93 000 euros. The minimum size of one grant was 5 000 euros and the maximum amount was 50 000 euros.

All entities, public or private, commercial or non-commercial and non-governmental organisations, established as legal entities in Estonia as well as inter-governmental organisations operating in Estonia were all considered eligible applicants. Inclusion of domestic and/or foreign project partners, consultants, and other experts was permitted and encouraged.

The deadline to submitting applications was 25 May 2015. Overall, 13 applications were submitted to the Ministry, all of those passed the initial administrative and eligibility check and were forwarded for evaluation by experts.
Each application was evaluated by two independent experts according to the selection criteria and evaluation grid set forward in the Guidelines for Applicants Responding to the Call for Proposals. Consequently, a ranking of projects was presented to the Selection Committee formed by the Ministry of Social Affairs.
Projects were evaluated by  Hille Naaber, Liina Järviste and Lee Maripuu

The Selection Committee was an entity established by the Ministry and consisting of three people, all of whom possessed relevant expertise in the field of gender equality. One of the three members was external and independent of the Ministry.
The final financing decisions were cast September and October 2015.

Projects that were selected for financing:

"Mouse Cheezo Playroom"
Project Promoter: Estover 
Grant Amount: € 19 000


"Work and Life Balance Toolkit for Companies on Bases of Skype"
Project Promoter: BPW Estonia
Grant Amount: € 19 989

"Academy for Children"
Project Promoter: Estonian Academy of Security Sciences
Grant Amount: € 19 000

"Work-Life Balance as a Way to Secure Equal Treatment in the Labour Market"
Project Promoter: Estonian Human Rights Centre
Grant Amount: €16 200

"Children’s Room"
Project Promoter: Trev2- Group
Grant Amount: € 18 809

 

The open call under the small grant scheme was launched 1 April 2014. 

The call for proposals was designed to support activities that are aimed at promoting gender equality and/or contribute to the reconciliation of work, family and private life via enhancing the capacity of organisations and networks. 

The total amount of the grant to be distributed is 370 000 euros. The minimum size of one grant was 5 000 euros and the maximum amount was 50 000 euros.

All entities, public or private, commercial or non-commercial and non-governmental organisations, established as legal entities in Estonia as well as inter-governmental organisations operating in Estonia were all considered eligible applicants. Inclusion of domestic and/or foreign project partners, consultants, and other experts was permitted and encouraged.

The deadline to submitting applications was 2 June 2014. Overall, 15 applications were submitted to the Ministry. 12 of those passed the initial administrative and eligibility check and were forwarded for evaluation by experts.

Each application was evaluated by two independent experts according to the selection criteria and evaluation grid set forward in the Guidelines for Applicants Responding to the Call for Proposals. Consequently, a ranking of projects was presented to the Selection Committee formed by the Ministry of Social Affairs. 

Projects were evaluated by Katrin Kivimaa, Hille Naaber, Astrid Mats, Liina Järviste and Reimo Mets.

The Selection Committee was an entity established by the Ministry and consisting of three people, all of whom possessed relevant expertise in the field of gender equality. Two of the three members were external and independent of the Ministry.

The Selection Committee reviewed the ranking of applications and had the power to modify the ranking in justified cases. The final financing decision was cast 20 October 2014.

Projects that were selected for financing:

"GenSchool – Fostering Gender Awareness in General Education Schools"

Project Promoter: University of Tartu
Grant Amount: €42 402

"Equal Rights, Duties, Opportunities and Responsibility for Women and Men"

Project Promoter: BPW Estonia
Grant Amount: €48 403

"Supporting the Career Tracks of Female Researchers in the Academia"

Project Promoter: Tallinn University
Grant Amount: €42 981

"Protection of the Interest of Single Parents – Poverty Reduction of the Weaker Part of the Society"

Project Promoter: Women’s Support and Information Centre
Grant Amount: €35 974

"Creating Gender-Sensitive Development Environments at Home and in Classrooms"

Project Promoter: The Centre of Excellence in School Improvement Foundation 
Grant Amount: €50 000

"A Voice of One’s Own"

Project Promoter: NGO “Oma Tuba”
Grant Amount: €49 990

Viimati uuendatud: 11. detsember 2015