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 and performing arts centres. In addition to that, assistance is given to support organisations, such as the Estonian Theatre Agency. In total, the Ministry of Culture supports the activities of 23 performing arts institutions. Project-based institutions and single projects are supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia.
The programme “Theatre to Rural Areas” ("Teater maal") helps professional performing arts institutions and troupes to hold guest performances in the countryside, including dance and theatre performances. The programme was started in 2005 and since 2010 it also supports children’s and youth theatre, supporting also the young audiences trips to performances that cannot leave their home hall. The aid is distributed through the Folk Culture Centre.
The Ministry of Culture provides project-based assistance to large scale international performing arts festivals, to ensure their quality, and the persistence of international relations in the field. International projects are also 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.
International performing arts festivals is a call for proposals that aims at contributing to the internationalisation of the field and to the development of performing arts through supporting festivals that have a great impact on the field.