The third round of grant funding for international events and conferences has attracted 69 project applications with a total value of EUR2.8 million. The hopefuls included organisers of 32 conferences, 23 cultural events and 14 sporting events. Applications for funding - which can cover up to 70 per cent of conference costs - closed in September. Decisions will be made in early December.
Financed by the EU's Regional Development Fund and administered by Enterprise Estonia/the Estonian Tourist Board, the grant allows organisers of large, international conferences to have EUR15,000 to 32,000 of their costs reimbursed provided they meet certain criteria.
To qualify, conferences have to be international, help raise Estonia's profile as a travel destination, be at least three days in length, include a minimum of 300 overnight stays and involve a local or regional sightseeing element. Only non-profit events and only Estonian organising committees are eligible to apply.
Funds can be used to cover a broad spectrum of conference-related expenses from organisation and marketing to opening and closing events.
The aim of the program is to promote Estonia as a conference destination and increase the number of overnight stays, especially during the country’s low season.