Climate change mitigation and adaptation plans

Last updated on 27.04.2021 European Economic Area grants

European Economic Area Grants 2014-2021

According to the European Economic Area (EEA) enlargement agreement, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway will fund, in compliance to their size and economic wealth, 15 European countries through the EEA grant financial mechanism in total with 1,548 billion euros, from which Norway contributes 95,8%, Iceland 3% and Liechtenstein 1,2%.

During the EEA grants period, different Programmes will be financed in countries such as Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.

The objective of the programme is to contribute to the reduction of economic and social disparities in the European Economic Area and to contribute to the strengthening of bilateral relations between Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway and the beneficiary states.

During the period 2014-2021, Estonia receives 32,3 million euros as a grant from Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, from which 6 million euros will be implemented directly through environment and climate projects.

Information about small grants scheme

Applications could be submitted from 26 of February 2021 until 26 of April 2021 5 PM.

The purpose of the grant was to contribute to the reflection, setting and achievement of local climate and energy goals.

The small grants scheme open call was being funded from the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism 2014–2021 “Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation” and has been developed by the Ministry of the Environment of the Republic of Estonia. The budget of the open call was 400,000 euros.

Supported activities:

  1. involving of climate and energy topics to the local level development documents or the county’s development strategy;
  2. developing of the local, regional, or county level climate and energy plans.

Who could apply?

Applications for the project grant may be submitted by the bodies registered in the Republic of Estonia:

  • a local authority or a body administered by it;
  • association of the local authority.

How big was the grant?

  • The minimum grant amount per application was 5000 euros and the maximum grant amount was 50,000 euros.
  • The maximum grant rate was 90% of the eligible costs.
  • Own contribution shall amount to at least 10% of the eligible costs. Own contribution shall be earmarked for the implementation of the project.

The application process is in Estonian. More detailed materials, instructions and information can be found here, in Estonian, on the EIC’s homepage.

Online workshop for Applicants was on the 10 of March. 

The Norwegian Environment Agency can assist you to finding a donor partner for the project.

Programme: Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

The programme „Climate Change Mitigation and Adaption“ will be implemented in cooperation with the donor Programme partner Norwegian Environment Agency, who manages environmental protection and pollution control. More specifically, the agency’s primary tasks include managing Norwegian nature, reduce greenhouse gas emission and prevent pollution.

The main objective of the Programme is to mitigate climate change and reduce the vulnerability to climate change in Estonia. The programme is being implemented and the outcomes will be achieved through four open calls and one small grant scheme.

As a part of the small grant scheme, the development of local level climate change mitigation and adaption plans will be financed. Supported activities through the open calls include measures to reduce invasive species, marine environment activities, framework for circular economy, increase public awareness on climate change and circular economy as well as the implementation of climate change and adaption plans and the activities of circular economy.

The Programme grant is €7 058 824, from which the grant from the donor countries is €6 000 000 and the Estonian co-finance is €1 058 824. From the Program grant, €6 353 000 will be provided through open calls for implementing projects.

In addition to the financial contribution, the cooperation with other countries enables to exchange experience and get new knowledge which in turn allows Estonia to improve the socio-economic situation in different areas and to create better conditions for the economic growth.

General information

  • The Programme Operator: Ministry of the Environment
  • Donor Programme partner: Norwegian Environment Agency
  • Implementing Agency: The Foundation Environmental Investments Centre
  • Eligible expenditure: €7 058 824, from which the EEA grant for the programme is €6 000 000 and Estonia’s co-finance is €1 058 824.
  • Eligibility period: 30.04.2024

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