EEA Grants Programme

EEA Financial Mechanism 2009-2014 programme "Manor Schools - preservation through use"


The focus of EEA Grants Programme 2009-2014 for cultural and natural heritage is the preservation and revitalisation of manor schools. Look further.
The history of manor schools date back to 1920’s when more than 200 schools were opened in former manor houses, there are still ca 60 rural schools running in these architecturally and historically valuable and prestigious buildings.
The aim of the Programme is in addition to the restoration works to emphasize on the sustainability of rural schools and strenghten the cooperation between schools, municipalities and local NGO’s and enterprises.

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Objective: Cultural for future generations safe-guarded and conserved and made publicly accessible
Programme grant: € 4,510,000
Programme Operator: Estonian Ministry of Culture
Donor Programme Partner: Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage
The programme was approved by the Donors on October 2nd, 2012.

Programme activities

The Programme is coordinated by Ministry of Culture. The advisory body for the Programme is Cooperation Committee representing:
  • Norwegian Riksantikvaren
  • Estonian Ministry of Culture
  • Estonian Ministry of Education and Science
  • Association of Estonian Manor Schools
Observators: Embassy of Norway in Estonia and Ministry of Finance

Useful links, documents and illustrative material


Riin Alatalu
Programme and projects coordinator

Reet Tallo
Programme and projects coordinator

Phone +373 628 2253

Phone +372 628 2240