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Grants given


Altogether 20 applications were submitted in October 2013 with grand total of 1 211 691, 27 Euros. Six projects were funded through the first open call.

Koigi Manor


Project name: “Koigi manor”
Project description: Koigi Manor House is located in the immediate vicinity of Tallinn-Tartu highway, characterised by intense traffic. However, the manor house remains practically unnoticeable for those who do not know its exact location.
Therefore, it is important to raise general awareness of the manor house and create interest in visitors to visit the manor more frequently while allowing the local population to attach higher value to the manor house and its park.
Today, Koigi School inhabits in the manor house, kindergarten in the outbuildings and the latter also shares secondary rooms with the school.

Koigi mõis (foto: Märt Lõhmus)

The plans for enhancing awareness of the location include conducting various activities in the Manor Park. The essential part of the project includes restoration of the Manor’s flower garden and garden paths. For the first time in Estonia, visitors to the garden will get a chance to buy the plants cultivated in the garden. The respective experiences will be shared by our Norwegian partner, Gamle Hvam Museum. Decorative plants will be marked with signs and contemporary QR codes that will run a short video after taking photos with mobile phone. The videos will be made by enthusiasts of the sphere concerned – students of regional vocational schools and hobby classes. As the result, Koigi is going to have a flower garden that you can visit in person, watch using your phone and also take pieces of it back home with you.
In spring 2014 two festivals will be held. Weed Festival which will be held in spring involves top chefs holding workshops and introducing Norwegian cuisine and the use of fresh plants (incl. weeds) in kitchen. At the same time, several pop-up restaurants will be operating in the manor house, offering delicacies made by local population. Traditional dancing event with instructions will be held in the evening as a get-together for local people. Entrepreneurship training will be organised as a side activity to ensure greater participation at the Jam Fair to be held in autumn.
At the Jam Fair, local population will be offering products, made with the knowledge from entrepreneurship training. In addition, entrepreneurs that offer antiquities and miscellaneous dozenware will be present at the fair. Open stage will allow local performers, apart from the main performer, to perform for the local audience. 
As the outcome of the described activities, the awareness of Estonian population of the manor house is expected to increase, in addition to self-awareness of the local people and better understanding of the value of the manor house and its surroundings. Willingness of the local government, responsible for implementing the project, to organise similar events in the years to come will help to ensure the sustainability of the project.
Project duration 01.01.2014.-31.12.2014.
Grant given: 59 997,25 Euros, self-financing 10 588 Euros
Project promoter
Koigi Municipality
Mõisavahe tee 9, Koigi village, Koigi parish, 72501 Järva County
Phone: +372384 6433
Development projects collaborative partner: Akeshusmuseet Gamla Hvam

Pikavere Manor


Project name: ”School for All”
Project description: ‘School for All’ is a project aimed at the development of Pikavere school environment to benefit in addition to schoolchildren also for their parents, local community and inhabitants of Raasiku parish as well as neighbouring parishes.
Project is coordinated by Pikavere Lasteaed-Algkool, project partners are developers of their fields.
Developmental areas have been chosen based on the needs and resources available.
The developmental areas are:
  • Creativity and enterprise training “crash-camp” is a training program for adults to foster small enterprises in the area with the aim to train a local person to develop the training further and to create a network of entrepreneurs further on. During the preparation of this project we met with potential service provider who is experienced at the field of entrepreneurship training. The potential service provider is  KreativitetsAkseleratoren AS from Norway.

Pikavere mõis (foto: Ilme Parik)

  • Nature trail has been created to increase environmental awareness and survival skills of kindergarten and schoolchildren in Raasiku and in neighbouring parishes. The trail is located in the vicinity of Pikavere manor and includes different active learning tasks. Teachers of Pikavere kindergarten and school will receive respective training.
  • Instrumental folk music area focuses on teaching of kannel (Estonian plucked zither) and other folk music instruments at Aruküla Hobby School ‘Swallow’ and Pikavere Kindergarten and Primary School. Project resources will be used to acquire folk musical instruments, compile a curriculum, teach people interested to play the instruments and organise folk music concerts and parties.
  • Village cafe aims to cater for different community events, children’s and parents’ parties, participants of trainings and nature trail visitors.
Project duration 01.03.2014-31.12.2015.
Grant given: 50 902, 51 Euros, self-financing 8983 Euros
Project promoter
Raasiku Municipality
Tallinna mnt 24, Aruküla, Raasiku parish
Phone: 6070348
Development projects collaborative partners: Pikavere Lasteaed-Algkool and Aruküla Huvialakeskus Pääsulind

Hiiu-Suuremõisa Manor

Project description: 
Within the framework of the project, the following will be performed:
  • contribution to launch the visitor centre at Suuremõisa Manor and to develop the contents thereof and to introduce of the possibilities of the visitor centre to local tourism agencies and small-scale enterprises;
  • contribution to involve the Hiiumaa community – residents of Suuremõisa and Pühalepa municipality, local tourism agencies and small-scale enterprises – in the preservation and more active use of Suuremõisa Manor heritage;
  • contribution to connect the community more effectively with their living environment of historical value by ways of regional history research, training courses introducing cultural heritage and practical study days.

Hiiu-Suuremõisa mõis (foto: Jaan Vali)

The following activities will be carried out:
  • Seminars to plan an operating visitor centre at Suuremõisa Manor.
  • Participants include employees of Hiiumaa Vocational School and Heritage Society as well as local tourism agencies and small-scale enterprises. A preparatory visit to Suuremõisa and two seminars (one in Estonia and the other in Norway) are organised. The employees of the Project Partner, Hå Gamle Prestegård culture centre in Norway, act as consultants.
  • The needs of the visitor centre in the manor house are mapped and the development plan of the Suuremõisa Manor visitor centre is created;
  • Training courses and practical study days dealing with restoration of stone buildings.
  • Theoretical and practical study days are organised – introduction and use of traditional materials and techniques, tours in Suuremõisa and other stone mills and buildings of historical value in Estonia. The walls of the first preserved level of ruins of Suuremõisa mill dating back to 1840 are partially conserved. The practice base works under the open site principle and all persons interested have access thereto.
  • Traditional training and consultant advice in masonry such that the proposed restoration of Obrestad Lighthouse, a granite stone and cement building from 1873 and its buildings, is done in the best possible manner. Highly skilled Estonian specialists will help HGP understand the possibilities, limitations and minimum requirements of the lighthouse. This would include advice and training about: masonry and cement techniques; drainage & ventilation requirements and solutions; advice regarding the possible re-application of limestone to the building’s exterior; refurbishment and maintenance of the lighthouse’s tower and viewing platform; long term maintenance requirements;
  • Guide training.
    Five people from Suuremõisa are trained and acquire the knowledge and skills needed to find employment in the visitor centre at Suuremõisa Manor. The candidates may only include local residents. The Suuremõisa Manor ensemble and surroundings thereof will be studied: Pühalepa Church and Churchyard, Pühalepa Cemetery, Pühalepa Vicarage and Kummistu Cemetery;
  • Creation of a permanent exposition in the museum room.
    A museum room is established in the space to the left of the main entrance of Suuremõisa Manor in cooperation with Hiiumaa Museum. A permanent exposition introducing the history of the manor complex will be displayed there. Historical materials regarding the manor and surroundings thereof are collected, systemised and exhibited in the museum room in order to maintain and preserve the materials for future generations. The creation of the exposition forms part of the guide training, but all people of the community interested are welcome to participate;
  • Issuing of publications.
    A publication and postcard series will be published about Suuremõisa Manor and sites of historical and cultural importance surrounding it.
Project duration 01.04.2014-01.11.2015.
Grant given: 50 935,14 Euros, self-financing 8989 Euros
Project promoter
Hiiumaa Vocational School
Suuremõisa village, Pühalepa parish, 92302 Hiiu County
Phone: 46 94 391; 51 60 295
Development projects collaborative partners: Hå Gamle Prestegard and Hiiumaa Muinsuskaitseselts
Look further: Suuremõis manor

Palupera Manor


Project name: “PALUPERA KOGUKOND AKTIIVSEMAKS ATRAKTIIVSEMAS MÕISAKOOLI KOMPLEKSIS!“ („Making Palupera community more active in an active manor school complex!“)
Project description: During 2014-2015 following activities will be implemented in Palupera Manor School, which is acting also as a community centre:
  • Restoration of Palupera aviary in a scope that allows community members and guests to use the building from spring to autumn;
  • Cleaning the part of the manor park – pond and its surrounding;
  • Creating the rose bed in front of the manor school and planting area behind the manor school according to the restoration project of the manor park and with the help of an expert;
  • Organizing trainings for the guides who would take the responsibility to host the guests of the manor school;
  • Organizing heritage workshops in aviary with aim to guarantee the sustainability of traditional rural activities and methods;
  • Creating the special keepsake and almanac of manor school and organizing 12 music concerts in manor school.

Palupera mõis (foto: Riina Pau)

In conclusion within the project Palupera will become more developed, enduring, united, diverse and attractive community. More manor school buildings will be taken into use and opened to public. The project will help to preserve the cultural and natural heritage and guarantees the sustainability also for future generations.
Project duration 01.03.2014-15.12.2015.
Grant given: 40 144,90 Euros, self-financing 7084 Euros
Project promoter
Palupera Municipality
Hellenurme, Palupera parish, 67514 Valga County
Phone: 7679502; +372 5174740
Development projects collaborative partners: Palupera Põhikool, MTÜ P-RÜHM, MTÜ Avatud Hellenurme Noortekeskus and Tantsuklubi Mathilde

Olustvere Manor


Project name: „Olustvere mõisakompleksi kui kogukonna keskuse väljaarendamine, selle kultuuriväärtuse säilitamine ning kasutusvõimaluste laiendamine jätkusuutlikkuse tagamiseks“ („Olustvere manor complex -developing of community center, preserving the cultural heritage and ensuring the sustainability through using”)
Project description: Olustvere School of Service and Rural Economics is a vocational school administered by the Ministry of Education and Research. The school takes care of the most completely preserved manor complex in the Baltics with its 27 buildings and structures. The Olustvere manor has architectural, historical, and cultural value.
The overall aim of the project is to enliven the Olustvere manor as a vibrant and economically sustainable center of the local community. During the project it is planned to use the manor’s former dairy building as a honey chamber in order to ensure the introduction of the „Honey World“ (honey production) to manor visitors and to offer both locals and visitors an additional practical activity. With the activities of the project it is desired to contribute to the active introduction of the services and products offered by the manor amongst the local community in order to make the manor a more appealing place to spend free time.

Olustvere mõis (foto: Ivar Leidus)

During the project the former dairy building will be renovated and furnished as a honey chamber, brochures and video clips introducing the manor will be created and the manor’s webpage will be made more attractive.
A result of the project will be the development of an additional theme chamber belonging to the Olustvere manor – honey chamber, which helps to develop the manor complex as a community center, to use it more actively, and enhance the frequency of attendance. As the result of the project an opportunity for an additional activity in the manor will be created. The use of the dairy building will result in the more effective use of the manor complex and the revenue from tourism will increase in the area.
Project duration 01.04.2014-31.08.2015
Grant given: 59 904, 80 Euros, self-financing 126 930 Euros
Project promoter
Olustvere School of Service and Rural Economics
Müüri 4, Olustvere, Suure – Jaani parish, Viljandi County
Phone: +3724374290

Rogosi Manor

Project name: „Rogosi mõisa kujundamine multifunktsionaalseks elava ajaloo, haridus- ja kogukonnakeskuseks“ („Making Rogosi manor a multifunctional lively historical, educational and community center”)
Project description: As a specific objective of this project presumptions will be created to the achievement of sustainable multifunctional operation and opened full potential of Rogosi manor complex as maximum benefit to the local communities, inhabitants of Haanja municipality and wider region, society and public as well as to the domestic and foreign tourists.
Main activities of the project will be inspirational and heritage-based product development trainings and workshops,  benchmarking study tours to other South-Estonian manors, training of local guides,  information spreading and marketing activities, buying a piano to the Rogosi manor, buying a traditional squeezer to the manor wine cellar, working out holistic development concept for the Rogosi manor and feasibility study, creating educational hiking trail in manor park.

Rogosi mõis (foto: Valdo Praust)

As an impact of the implementation of the project Rogosi manor and its cultural heritage values will be better known and valued, Rogosi manor will be more visited and appraised; new usage functions will be added to manor complex; new heritage based products and services will be worked out which will able sustainably continue their existence, provided by local NGO-s and enterprises.  As an impact of the project the local identity among residents will be strengthened, local heritage more valued, additional cultural and educational events will take place and are open for local community and visitors interested, local and regional entrepreneurs will have additional income possibilities as serving events and visitors (accommodation, catering, guiding, providing workshop-based tourist products, decorating etc).
Presumptions for forming Rogosi manor to become a well-known, attractive living history, educational, cultural, community centre and visitor attraction will be created. Awareness of local community, tourists and wider public on Rogosi manor as cultural heritage will be raised remarkably.
Project description 01.02.2014-01.07.2015.
Grant given: 40 266,20 Euros, self-financing  7106 Euros
Project promoter
Haanja Municipality
Võru tee 15, Haanja village, Haanja parish 75101 Võru County
Phone: 7829111
Development projects collaborative partners: Lilywhite OÜ and MTÜ Ruusmäe Noorteklubi

Vodja Manor


Project name: Learning with Horses.

Project Description:
Since 2005, the 17th century Vodja Manor has hosted the Vodja School, an alternative educational environment that provides inclusive learning opportunities for children with educational challenges. Through the Learning with Horses project, the school will expand its ability to meet the educational and psychological needs of its students while contributing to the economic development of its community.

The project provides funding for both structural improvements to the estate and the programming necessary to ensure that those improvements meaningfully benefit the schoolchildren and larger community.  First, the mansion's stables will be renovated.  This renovation, carried out with an eye to sustainability, will make the stables a comfortable home for the three new horses that will be acquired through the Learning with Horses project. After receiving international certificates in equine therapy, three Vodja School staff members will work to integrate equine-based psychotherapy into the school's programming. Children will receive equine therapy, which has been shown to provide important psychological benefits, such as reduced stress. Additionally, through activities like plowing and firewood transport, the horses will be directly integrated into the school's outdoor education programs, allowing students to gain firsthand experience with traditional Estonian lifeways.


The Learning with Horses project has the potential to not only transform the lives of the Vodja schoolchildren, but also to improve the economic prospects of the school's community. The project will facilitate broader equine-based outreach programs, such as training retreats for professionals and summer sessions for the community.  Additionally, by helping Vodja School increase its renown, and by making the area a better place to live, the program may help attract young families to the area.

Project duration: 10.10.2014-31.12.2015
Grant given: 59 984,94 Euros, self-financing 18 738,32 Euros
Project promoter:
Vodja mõis
Roosna-Alliku vald, 73202 Järvamaa
Telephone: 3869874/+372 53733764
Homepage of Rocca al Mare School:

Development projects collaborative partners: Inipo Video Agentuur, MTÜ Viisu Küla Selts, MTÜ Equilibre and Eesti Hobusekasvatajate Selts


Tõstamaa Manor


Project name: Developing Tõstamaa Manor School as a Multi-Faceted Community Center for Tourism and Culture.

Project Description: Since 2011, the number of summer visitors to Tõstamaa Manor has increased about five-fold but without a café or robust and multi-lingual tour and informational offerings, it has been difficult for the manor to capitalize on this and provide the best experience possible for visitors. This project will use a four-fold approach to help Tõstamaa Manor build on the momentum it has generated since its 2004 renovations and become a cultural hub for visitors and residents alike.

First, the project will allow for the acquisition of media equipment and the development of a manor café. Projectors, speakers, and Blu-Ray players will enable the manor to expand its role as a community center by enabling it to host film screenings and other events. The café is a much-needed addition since the closest restaurant to the manor is currently a kilometer away.  The café will help the manor house become a destination spot and will allow guests to have a more refreshing and relaxing visit.

Second, adult education classes will be offered to local residents.  Guides will receive English and Russian language training, which will allow them to more effectively offer tours to a wide range of manor visitors. Additionally, handwork instruction and entrepreneurial support will be provided to community members who wish to launch handicraft ventures.

A third aspect of the project is the development of more robust informational materials for visitors to the manor. Though there are some printed materials available about the history of the town of Tõstamaa, visitor demand for information about the history of education, labor relations, and architecture at the manor has remained largely unmet. The project involves the production of a book about the history of Tõstamaa that visitors to the manor will be able to consult.

Finally, the project will allow for the creation of a development strategy for handicraft tourism.  In combination with the project’s handiwork adult education classes, this plan will help to provide economic opportunities for area artisans and to develop a tourism industry around the manor.

Project duration: 01.08.2014-30.12.2015
Grant given: 33 181,65 Euros, self-financing 6733,78 Euros

Project promoter:
Tõstamaa Vallavalitsus
Sadama tee 2, Tõstamaa 88101
Telephone: 44 96 180
Homepage of Tõstamaa

Development projects collaborative partner: SA Tõstamaa Mõis


Pürksi Manor

Project name: Making Pürksi Manor School a Center for Handcrafts and Creative Arts.

Project Description: This project seeks to promote social cohesion and entrepreneurship by helping to make Pürksi Manor School a hub of handiwork and creative arts in Noarootsi Parish.

Substantial renovations to one of the manor’s outbuilding will allow it to serve as the estate’s new handiwork center. The center will bring together local artisans and those who wish to learn a handcraft for frequent and accessibly priced training workshops. Participants will be able to learn everything from felting and ceramics to wood restoration and blacksmithing.  Not only will these workshops provide employment opportunities for teachers and potentially open up new revenue streams for attendees, they will also help Noarootsi keep its traditional folk arts alive.

Further, beyond just equipping local residents with the skills they need to pursue entrepreneurial handiwork ventures and collaborations, this project will also provide them with platforms for selling their handcrafts. Bi-monthly farmer’s markets in the summer months will give local vendors an avenue for selling to tourists.  Additionally, the project will support the development of a marketing and development plan that will help establish additional market channels for Noarootsi artisans affiliated with Pürksi Manor. Collectively, these initiatives are targeted at raising the standard of living in Noarootsi and make rural living in the parish more sustainable.

Project duration: 01.05.2014-31.12.15
Grant given: 54 351,39 Euros, self financing 6039,04 Euros

Project promoter:
MTÜ Tervem Noarootsi
Pürksi küla, Noarootsi vald, Läänemaa
Telephone: 5545400 / 55507282

Development projects collaborative partners: Noarootsi Gümnaasium, MTÜ Noarootsi Rahvaselts and Noarootsi Vallavalitsus


Tammistu Manor


Project name: Tammistu Shines Again!

Project Description: Tammistu Manor, the only manor house school in Tartu County, is currently in use as a center for disabled children and their families. Through the Tammistu Shines Again! project, the manor will pursue renovations, planning, and events that allow it to better serve its core constituency while also expanding the range of community members who can benefit from the long vacant manor.

Tammistu Shines Again! will support a comprehensive package of structural tests and improvements to the manor complex. The manor’s accessibility, conservation, lighting, and safety status will be assessed and strategic improvements will be made to ensure that the complex is both well suited for community use and properly conserved.  One component of this process will be the acquisition of appropriate furnishings for the interior of the primary manor building. Other buildings will see more substantial structural changes: designs will be drawn for converting the manor’s coach house into support facilities for the manor’s barn, which has been in use as an event venue since 2008.

Through collaboration with individual and commercial local stakeholders, the project administrators will develop a networking and development plan that outlines how the buildings on the estate will be used and how various community members can be mobilized to participate in the manor’s revitalization. At least 20 local community participants will be involved in the early stages of plan development and the plan will be drafted in co-operation with local stakeholders.

Another way in which the project will promote community engagement with the manor is through the establishment of an annual Play Day event. Modeled off of Sweden’s Lekens Dag, held each summer in Göteborg, Tammistu’s Play Day will offer fun and play for children, while also attracting visitors to Tammistu and providing economic opportunities for local stakeholders.

Through its “manor-twinning” component, this project will have an impact that extends beyond the manor complex or the town of Tammistu. Tammistu will partner with a manor complex from another country in the Baltic Sea region to share perspectives and potentially develop more substantial marketing collaborations.

Project duration: 01.0 6.2014-20.12.2015
Grant given: 59 994,00 Euros, self financing 6666 Euros

Project promoter:
Estonian Agrenska Foundation
Lunini 6, 51014 Tartu
Telephone: +372 7 319507

Development projects collaborative partner: ASVO Nøtterøy AS


Ruila Manor


Project name: Developing the Services of Ruila Manor

Project Description: This project seeks to turn the Ruila manor complex, which is currently a school serving more than 100 students, into a community center offering a wide range of activities and promoting a local cultural identity. The manor complex already boasts a gymnasium, handwork facility, and library and has strong base of local involvement and support. This grant will allow it to optimize its use of these structural and social resources in order to provide relevant and appealing programming options to the local community. The envisioned audience is not just the family members of children attending the school, but also visitors to the manor and local residents, particularly those who may not be familiar with the cultural heritage of the region.

With European Economic Area grant support, Ruila Manor hopes to increase the frequency with which its complex is used for community activities and to expand the scope of programming offered. New weekly pottery classes will introduce students to working with clay and to the techniques needed to make both functional and decorative items in the local folk tradition. New horseback riding tours and opportunities to canoe and snowshoe will help the manor showcase its natural heritage to guests. Additionally, the manor will develop the conference and catering facilities necessary to host groups of visitors and concerts will be put on several times a year.

Through this project-supported programming, Ruila Manor hopes to become not just a place to learn about pottery or horseback riding, but also a community center whose operations and offerings reflect the interests of the community. 

Project duration: 1.09.2014-31.12.2015
Grant given:19 108,82 Euros, self-financing 2123,20 Euros

Project promoter:
MTÜ Ruila Mõis
Telephone: 607 8713

Development projects collaborative partner: OÜ Kirret


Suure-Kõpu Manor


Project name: Showcasing Suure-Kõpu through Art and Taste

Project Description: Though it is located in Southern Estonia, the late classicist Suure-Kõpu is adorned with Pompeian-style murals and features impressive neo-antique Italian design elements. The Showcasing Suure-Kõpu through Art and Taste project is a comprehensive initiative to help promote public access to and awareness of this remarkable manor. The project will bring together new technologies and antique aesthetics to create a sensory learning experience for guests.

Though some of the manor’s murals were destroyed during previous restorations, the manor will use projection technology to give guests a sense of what the originals may have looked like. A multimedia installation will also provide guests with historical context and background information. For example, the installation will feature information about the technical aspects of the manor’s Pompeian murals and about the ways in which local Estonian produce, such as herbs from the Suure-Kõpu garden, can be incorporated into traditionally Italian cuisine. This information may be combined with more hands-on learning opportunities, such as fresco painting lessons or cooking classes, to give guests a more sensory appreciation of the manor’s heritage.

The project also involves the development of a multi-tiered Italian style garden behind the main manor building.  This garden will not only provide a place for relaxation, recreation, and growing herbs, but will also bring to the forefront the manor’s unique hybrid aesthetic style.

Another aspect of the Showcasing Suure-Kõpu through Art and Taste project is the development of a marketing strategy that will allow the manor attract more visitors. After collecting information about the current regional tourism market, the manor’s marketing plan team will develop a set of strategic action steps for increasing the number of guests to the manor.

Project duration: 15.08.2014-31.12.2015
Grant given: 59 941,55 Euros, self financing 10 581,45 Euros

Project promoter:
Kõpu vallavalitsus
71201 Tipu tn 17 Kõpu alevik Kõpu vald Viljandimaa
Telephone: +43 96 622
Homepage of Kõpu vallavalitsus

Development projects collaborative partners: MTÜ Eesti Mõisakoolide Ühendus and Olustvere Teenindus- ja Maamajanduskool


Kiltsi Palace

Project name: Kiltsi Map Castle

Project Description: Drawing on Kiltsi Palace’s history as the home of 19th century explorer Adam Johann von Krusenstern, this project will help Kiltsi Manor reinvent itself as “Kiltsi Map Castle.” This rebranding will involve the development of map exhibitions and displays about von Krusenstern that will help Kiltsi become a destination for both school groups and cartography enthusiasts alike.

Visitors to the manor will learn about its history as they move throughout its rooms. Starting in the partially excavated basement, guests will learn about the construction of the manor in the 14th and 15th centuries.  Moving into the stairway hall, guests will be greeted by thematic displays about the history of the manor.  Part of the second floor of the main building will be dedicated to showcasing the personal artifacts of Adam Johann von Krusenstern, who lived in the manor.  These tangible pieces will be used to illustrate information about von Krusenstern’s life at Kiltsi, his famous trip around the globe, and his family’s role in the history of navigation and map making.

In a separate wing of the building there will be an exhibit where museumgoers can both lean about the historical progression of mapmaking techniques and try their hand at using those same techniques to make their own maps.  Kiltsi’s Map Castle will extend beyond the actual walls of the castle: orienteering trails on the manor’s grounds will allow guests to explore the manor’s grounds while familiarizing themselves with some of the navigational techniques that early explorers like Adam Johann von Krusenstern relied on.

Project duration: 01.10.2014-03.09.2015
Grant given: 57 800,00 Euros, self-financing 10 200 Euros

Project promoter:
Väike-Maarja Vallavalitsus
Pikk 7 Väike-Maarja 46202 Lääne-Virumaa
Telephone: 329 5750
Homepage of Väike-Maarja Vallavalitsus:

Development projects collaborative partners: Regio AS and A.J. von Krusensterni nimeline MTÜ


Puurmani Manor

Project name: Reviving the Memory of Julius Kuperjanov in Puurmani Manor.

Project Description: This project brings together archival materials, 21st century technology, and historical theatre, to celebrate Puurmani manor’s role as the site of Julius Kuperjanov’s partisan battalion during the Estonian War of Independence. The grant will be used to transform one of the manor’s rooms into an exhibition space that showcases information about three facets of the manor’s history.  In addition to providing artifacts, photographs and documents relevant to Kuperjanov’s stay at the manor, the space will host information and displays about the manor’s original owners, the Von Manteuffelite family, and about the manor’s history and continued operations as a school.

A digital kiosk will greet visitors to the exhibition and provide them with easily navigable information about the mansion and Kuperjanov’s time in it.  The kiosk’s information will be available in a variety of languages so that as many as possible of the estate’s increasingly international guests may learn about Kuperjanov and the manor. Additionally, a manor representative will be on hand to provide supplementary information to visitors or answer questions.  The project will not only promote awareness about Julius Kuperjanov and the history of Puurmani Manor, but also build on existing momentum to help Purmani Manor become a more significant tourist attraction and community center.  Through increased marketing efforts and collaboration with tour groups, the project’s promoters hope to boost the manor’s visitors by 15-25% annually. This type of increase in visitors will not only generate ticket and guide services revenue for the manor, but will also help create new entrepreneurial opportunities for local handcraft artisans.

Another component of the project is the production of a play about Julius Kuperjanov’s life and role in securing Estonian independence.  This aspect of the project will both directly engage amateur local performers as actors and actresses and serve as an educational opportunity for audience members. Additionally, the production will contribute to the cultural vibrancy of Puurmani Manor long after its final curtain is closed, since the stage constructed for this play will be re-used for concerts and performances at the manor.

Project duration: 01.08.2014-30.12.2015
Grant given: 23 486,76 Euros

Project promoter:
Puurmani Vallavalitsus
Tallinna mnt 1, Puurmani alevik, Puurmani vald, 49014 Jõgevamaa
Telephone: 773 7284
Homepage of Puurmani Manor:

Development projects collaborative partners: Puurmani Mõisa SihtasutusPuurmani MõisakoolMTÜ Valguskaabel, MTÜ Käsitööselts Kati, Väätsa Põhikool and MTÜ Kuperjanovi Selts


Last updated: 20 April 2015