Financed projects

Projects financed through the small grant scheme „Training of domestic violence specialists and establishment of a programme(s) for sex buyers“


All submitted projects were evaluated by the following independent experts:

  • Ms Kadri-Ann Lee, Adviser, Public Order and Criminal Policy Department, Ministry of the Interior
  • Ms Andrea Kink, Service Manager, Victim Support and Prevention Services Department, Social Insurance Board

The members of the 2nd level Selection Committee evaluation were:

  • Ms Kristiina Luht, Head of Victim Support Policy, Equality Policies Department, Ministry of Social Affairs;
  • Ms Grete Kaju, Adviser to the Equality Policies Department, Ministry of Social Affairs;
  • Ms Freja Ulvestad Kärki Representative of the Norwegian Directorate of Health.

 

1. Raising the Awareness of Estonian Specialists about Domestic Violence


Project promoter: NGO VAITER

Project partners: Marta Centre (Latvia)

Project duration: 01.09.2021 –28.02.2023

Total maximum eligible project cost:  € 66 000

Project grant rate: 90%

Project objective:
 

Project objective is to reduce domestic and gender violence in Estonian society and increase the awareness of specialists about domestic and gender violence.

Project manager

Ms Õnne Liv Valberg
tel. +372 5635 8318
onneliv@gmail.com

Project activities include:

  • Training of at least 310 specialists who become more aware of domestic and gender violence and the related causes, consequences, possibilities for assistance, avoidance of re-victimisation, and options to enhance inter-agency cooperation, namely:
    • training of at least 60 specialists (at least 30 specialists in a single group) twice as part of the training programme of 36 academic hours in two regions of Estonia (Northern Estonia and Southern Estonia);
    • training of at least 250 specialists (at least 25 specialists in a single group) 10 times as part of the training days of 6 academic hours in six regions of Estonia (Northern Estonia, Southern Estonia, Eastern Estonia, Western Estonia, Central Estonia, Saaremaa and Hiiumaa).

 

2. Raising the Awareness of Estonian Specialists about Domestic Violence


Project promoter: NGO Pärnu Women Support Centre

Project partners: Rótin - félag um málefni kvenna með áfengis- og fíknivanda (Iceland), NGO Women’s Support and Information Centre, NGO Protecting Violence-free Life

Project duration: 01.02.2021 –31.07.2022

Total maximum eligible project cost:  € 63 815,37

Project grant rate: 90%
 

Project activities include:


The project activities will result in the training of at least 200 specialists. At least 125 specialists have been trained in four regions. In addition, six separate training events on experiential training, training on violence, trauma, and drug abuse, training on the impact of violence on children and training events on cooperation mechanisms with a total of 75 participants have been carried out.

Project objective:


Project objective is to raise the awareness of specialists about domestic violence and, therefore, to build a more secure society. Mindful specialist not only address the consequences, but also contribute to prevention through their opportunity to intervene at an earlier stage of violence, where it is easier to reverse the damage and the possible victims will not suffer mentally to the same extent as those experiencing violence for a long period of time. In the long run, awareness and prevention contribute to reducing violence in society, saving public funds at the expense of constantly addressing the consequences of violence, and ensuring a sense of security for people.

Project manager

Ms Mari Puniste
tel. +372 5198 6544
mari.puniste@naistetugi.ee

 

3. Social Programme SPSV


Project promoter: NGO Lifeline

Project partners: none

Project duration: 01.02.2020-29.07.2022

Total maximum eligible project cost:  € 50 462

Project grant rate: 90%

 

Project activities include:

Project objective:
 

Project objective is to establish a social programme to reduce the demand for trafficking in human beings. The broader objective of the project is to prevent and combat human trafficking and the resulting demand for prostitution in Estonia. 

Project manager

Ms Eda Mölder 
tel.+372 521 9762
eda.molder@gmail.com

  • Establishing and piloting a programme for sex buyers to change their attitudes and behaviour. A total of 12 sex buyers will participate and pass the programme. As part of the project, a handbook on the implementation of the social programme will be established, containing theoretical, methodological, and visual material to further carry out the social programme in the future.
 

Development of evaluation model and handling system for chronically mentally ill patients


Project name: Development of evaluation model and handling system for chronically mentally ill patients

Programme outcome: Improved quality of integrated services and public health interventions at local level

Project Promoter: Viljandi Hospital 

Donor partners: Estonian Psychiatric Association, Estonian Forensic Science Institute

Project duration: 36 months (Jan 6, 2024)

Total maximum eligible project cost:  € 376,470

Project grant rate: 85%

Project is financed from the Norway Grants FM

Project objective:
 

Establishment of an uniform, evidence-based and cross-sectoral system of out-patient services for long-term mentally ill patients subjected to coercive treatment linking out-patient and stationary coercive treatment as well as community support services.

Contact

Ms Aneth Tuurmaa
Psychiatry Clinic, Viljandi Hospital
head of support services in treatment
tel. +372 5565 4642
aneth.tuurmaa@vmh.ee

Project activities include:

  • Development of an evaluation model and handling system for out-patient psychiatric coercive treatment;

  • Piloting out-patient psychiatric coercive treatment model by cross-sectoral teams on at least 10 patients from different regions of Estonia;

  • Training of cross-sectoral teams, social workers and family members of patients in regard to contemporary and personalised consulting techniques when dealing with patients/clients with chronical mental illness;  

  • Cross-sectoral teams (specialists from health care, social care and the judicial sector sectors at local and regional level) supporting chronically mentally ill patients during and after their psychiatric coercive treatment;

  • Development and implementing of a model for a multidisciplinary forensic psychiatric committee to improve the quality of psychiatric evaluation, to ensure proper judiciary procedures and to secure the human rights of patients in the use of coercion during treatment;

  • Adaptation process of 6 of evidence-based evaluation instruments is prepared and the validation process of these instruments has been launched to accommodate them to the Estonian needs.

 

Historic Town Centres Revitalised Through Heritage-led Local Development


Project name: Historic Town Centres Revitalised Through Heritage-led Local Development

Programme outcome: Historic town centres revitalised through heritage-based local development at local level

Project Promoter: National Heritage Board

Donor project partners: Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage

Project duration: 30 months (Nov 9, 2022)

Total maximum eligible project cost:  € 458,000

Project grant rate: 100%

Project is financed from the EEA Grants FM

Project objective:
 

Revitalising historic town centres and increase knowledge about potential new uses of heritage assets and heritage-led local development more broadly.

Contact

Ms ​Kaija-Luisa Kurik
National Heritage Board
project coordinator in the area of buildings
tel. +372 5342 1638
kaija-luisa.kurik@muinsuskaitseamet.ee

Project activities include:

  • Increased access to information about conservation areas through publications and web-based information.

  • Improved access to information about restoration of heritage buildings as well as opportunities of heritage-led development and co-creation.

  • Increased visibility of conservation areas in urban space through improved signage.

  • Increased understanding of the relevance of community engagement and heritage in local development.

  • Increased engagement in heritage led activities.

  • Heritage management reinforced and the 9 target local authorities supported in their work on heritage-led local development of historic town centres through development of stronger professional networks. 

  • Increased knowledge about new uses of heritage assets and heritage-led local development among heritage experts, local population and other stakeholders.

  • Improved skills in heritage management, heritage-led development and heritage education through workshops in target towns.

  • Improved networks between heritage professionals in Estonia and Norway.

 

Specialised juvenile justice approach established


Project name: Specialised juvenile justice approach established

Programme outcome: Enhanced wellbeing of children and youth

Project Promoter: Ministry of Justice

Donor project partners: Mediation and Reconciliation Services (NOR), Oslo Police District  

Estonian project partners: Social Insurance Board, State Prosecutor’s Office

Project duration: 42 months (ends April 2023)

Total maximum eligible project cost:  € 4,704,982

Project grant rate: 100%

Project is financed from the Norway Grants FM.

See also Ministry of Justice project homepage here.   

Project objective:
 

Establishment of a specialised juvenile justice approach and the implementation of juvenile justice reform in Estonia with a focus on the most vulnerable young offenders.

Being in contact with the criminal justice system can have an impact on a young person’s life. Over-involvement with the juvenile justice system, and ineffective response or inadequate support by the system may increase the likelihood of reoffending, secondary or repeated victimization and exclusion from social and education system.

The project will support the specialized juvenile justice approach in practice to ensure minimal negative effects for youth and support positive development. The implementation of juvenile justice reform in Estonia is carried out in accordance with international standards.

Contact

Ms Laidi Surva
Ministry of Justice
project manager
tel. +372 620 8160
laidi.surva@just.ee

Project activities include:

  • A training programme for professionals working with youth in contact with the law, including technical assistance (coaching/mentoring and supervision), and the strengthening of capacity on strategic planning, coordination and monitoring in the juvenile justice system;
  • The development of tools for evaluation and multi-agency cooperation, including a system for risk assessment of young offenders in pre-trial proceedings (validation of instruments, piloting and training);
  • The establishment of alternative interventions to fines and institutionalisation for youth, including short-term behaviour-based interventions applicable by police or in cooperation with other sectors such as healthcare, schools, youth work. The project will support access to multi-dimensional family therapy approaches to youth offenders on probation and capacity-building for professionals working with youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities (awareness raising, training and adjustment of interventions);
  • The establishment of a volunteer mediators system aimed at developing a restorative approach to juvenile justice and better access to mediation;
  • Improving conditions in closed facilities for children and youth as an alternative to prison, including the introduction of in-treatment methods and services aimed at re-socialisation, and specialised training for prison staff to work with institutionalised youth.
 

Increasing physical activity of schoolchildren


Project name: Increasing physical activity of schoolchildren

Programme outcome: Improved quality of integrated services and public health interventions at local level

Project Promoter: University of Tartu

Donor project partners: University of South-Eastern Norway

Project duration: 48 months (ends Dec 31, 2023)

Total maximum eligible project cost:  € 2,703,566

Project grant rate: 85%

Project is financed from the EEA Grants FM.

See also: http://liikumislabor.ut.ee/avaleht

Project objective:
 

Initiating and supporting change in school culture all over Estonia that encourages physical activity of students as a natural part of a school day by developing, disseminating and implementing the principles of the model “Schools in Motion”.

School culture that supports physical activity throughout the school-day offers motion through active school paths, active classes, active recess, physical activity education as well as engaging the school personnel and changing the physical environment of the school premises. 

The long term objective of the project activities is to raise the healthy life years and life expectancy in Estonia and to reduce the inequalities in health by increasing the selection of available physical activity opportunities among children and youth.

Contact

Ms Riina Järvela
Univerity of Tartu 
Research Group of Physical Activity for Health
project manager
tel. +372 529 5091
riina.jarvela@ut.ee

Project activities include:

  • the development and dissemination of the model „Schools in Motion” (SiM);

  • the development of tool for the implementation of the model;

  • the development of training programme and –materials for various target groups (teachers, management board of schools, “play leaders” in schools, activity leaders, SiM teams, parents, local governments);

  • SiM model is publicly available with user guidance materials;

  • SiM model is introduced and taken into use in at least 140 general education schools all over Estonia (both in Estonian and Russian language based schools) to apply systematically knowledge-based activities and support the change in school culture that encourages physical activity of students.

 

Strengthening the victim support system


Project name: Strengthening the victim support system

Programme outcome: Reduced domestic and gender-based violence and gender inequalities

Project Promoter: Social Insurance Board

Donor project partners: Norwegian Center for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies

Project duration: 32 months (ends August 31, 2022)

Total maximum eligible project cost:  € 385,755

Project grant rate: 100%

Project is financed from the EEA Grants FM.

Project objective:
 

The project will improve the system for support to victims of domestic and gender-based violence to ensure a systematic, sustainable and coordinated approach to combat such violence in order to break the chain of violence, re-victimization and support the self-sufficient life of persons who have experienced this violence. 

Contact

Ms Liis Sild
Social Insurance Board
Victim Support and Prevention Service Department
project manager
tel. +372 5194 9691
liis.sild@sotsiaalkindlustusamet.ee

Project activities include:

  • the development of quality measuring tool for the shelter services and counselling for staff;

  • the establishment of a volunteer support system for working with victims of domestic and gender-based violence;

  • the development of guidelines and training for medical professionals in the health care system on early detection and intervention of domestic violence;

  • the establishment and implementation of a programme for perpetrators of domestic violence. 

 

Increasing public health competence and capacity of local governments


Project name: Increasing public health competence and capacity of local governments

Programme outcome: Improved quality of integrated services and public health interventions at local level

Project Promoter: National Institute for Health Development 

Donor project partner: Norwegian Institute of Public Health

Project duration: 47 months (April 30, 2024)

Total maximum eligible project cost:  € 1,410,969

Project grant rate: 100%

Project is financed from the Norway Grants FM.

Project objective:
 

Increase the focus on public health in local governments and to enhance the capacity in evidence-based planning and interventions on health at local level.

Contact

Ms Agne Kivisaar
National Institute for Health Development 
project manager
Community and Workplace Unit of the
Centre for Health and Welfare Promotion
tel. +372 659 3809
agne.kivisaar@tai.ee

The project activities will result in:

  • Local level analysis and guidelines offering counties and local governments systemic and knowledge based information on the health state, health behaviour and the risk factors affecting the people living in a concrete region;

  • Raised capacity of local governments in analysing welfare, health and (social) security of their people and planning adequate interventions (inter-sectoral strategic planning, developing cooperation networks, resource management etc.);

  • Piloting an intervention „Toybox“ for kids of 4-6 years of age in kindergartens. Engaging also parents of the kids, the objective of the intervention is to prevent overweight already starting from early childhood by guiding children’s behaviour in regard to scientifically associated with factors of obesity.   

     

Establishment of a renewed family mediation system


Project name: Establishment of a renewed family mediation system

Programme outcome: Enhanced wellbeing of children and youth

Project Promoter: Social Insurance Board

Project duration: 48 months (ends February 4, 2024)

Total maximum eligible project cost:  € 400,643

Project grant rate: 100%

Project is financed from the EEA Grants FM.

Project objective:
 

The establishment of a renewed system for professional family mediation and increase accessibility aimed at settling disputes between parents in regard to their children out of court – child’s place of residence, interaction between parents themselves, alimony and other essential questions related to raising a child.

Contact

Ms Rea Uudeküll
Social Insurance Board
Development and Prevention Unit of the Child Protection Department
project manager
tel: +372 505 1945
rea.uudekull@sotsiaalkindlustusamet.ee

Project activities include:

  • the establishment of a national renewed management and financing system for professional family mediation;

  • the availability of the service has widened and the awareness of the target groups (i.e. parents and specialists) has been raised and therefore the readiness to make use of the service has increased;

  • a training programme of family mediators will be developed within the project and overall 40 mediators have passed the training, 20 of whom are ready to offer the service in Russian. The piloting phase will include also at least 600 families having already received family mediation.  

 

Virtual competence centre of gender equality


Project name: Virtual competence centre of gender equality

Programme outcome: Reduced domestic and gender-based violence and gender inequalities

Project Promoter: Ministry of Social Affairs

Donor Project Partner: Kilden genderresearch.no (Norway)

Project duration: 30 months (ends February 28, 2024)

Total maximum eligible project cost:  € 349,245

Project grant rate: 100%

Project is financed from the Norway Grants FM.

Project objective:
 

A Virtual Competence Centre of Gender Equality that will offer a one-stop-shop to raise awareness of different target groups and stakeholders essential for promoting gender equality in the society, and to provide selected stakeholders, such as state and local government level policymakers, teachers/career counsellors and employers with a necessary know-how.

In addition to gender equality related research and data, the competence centre will make available online trainings

Contact

Ms Grete Kaju 
Ministry of Social Affairs
Equality Policies Department
chief specialist 
tel. +372 626 9152
grete.kaju@sm.ee

Project activities include:
 

An innovative and user-friendly virtual competence centre using tools to enable independent studying contributing to the provision of flexible, continuous and sustainable awareness raising of gender equality.

  • an online interactive gender equality database for Estonia;

  • training courses on gender equality for teachers/career counsellors, policy makers and employers;

  • online tool for awareness-raising on gender stereotypes that are contributing to gender pay gap;

  • a representative survey on attitudes towards gender equality in 2021 in Estonia;

  • high-quality discussion articles based on the data from the survey.

Last updated: 2 February 2021