The theatre is supported by the state from the state budget and local government budget as well as through the Cultural Endowment of Estonia and Gambling Tax Council.

Aid straight from the state budget goes to the foundations with a state share, but also to local government and private theatre institutions, theatre and dance agencies. In addition to that, assistance is given to support organisations, such as the Estonian Theatre Union and Estonian Theatre Agency. In total, the Ministry of Culture supports the activities of 22 performing arts institutions. Project-based institutions and single projects are supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia.

The Ministry of Culture provides project-based assistance to festivals, development projects and professional performances for the youth through the programme “Theatrical Events, Programmes and Development Projects” ("Teatrialased sündmused, programmid ja arendusprojektid").

The programme “Theater to Rural Areas” ("Teater maale") helps professional performing arts institutions and troupes to hold guest performances at the countryside, and takes people from rural areas to common trips to the theatre. The programme was started in 2005 and since 2010 it also supports children’s and youth plays. The aid is distributed through the Folk Culture Centre.

International projects are funded by the state through the grant programme “Estonian Culture Abroad” ("Eesti kultuur maailmas"). The programme assists projects that enhance the internationalisation 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.

Last updated: 12 January 2018