Financing

The state budget includes creative grants and assistance to creative persons in the field through the Union of Estonian Architects and Union of Estonian Interior Architects; the state also finances the activities of the state-owned Museum of Estonian Architecture.

The Estonian Centre of Architecture, which was established in 2008, gets activity support mainly from Enterprise Estonia, Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Ministry of Culture, and private donors.
 
A grant programme by the Ministry of Culture – “Development projects in the field of architecture” – finances projects that aim to promote and enhance Estonian architecture (incl. structural engineering, planning, interior architecture, landscaping, urban planning).
 
International projects are supported by the state through the grant programme “Estonian Culture in the World”. The programme assists projects that enhance the internationality of Estonian culture and the export thereof into the world, the introduction of Estonia globally through culture, and the creation of wider opportunities for Estonian creative persons. It also helps various cultural groups and creative enterprises to enter the international stage.
 
During the period 2014-2020, the development of architecture is supported by the creative industries measure of the European Union Structural Funds.
 
Architectural agencies are business entities and the state does not finance architecture as an enterprise. The state, being responsible for the living environment, only maintains the high level of architecture as one of the influencing factors of the living environment, and carries out architectural policies. 
 
Last updated: 24 June 2014