In the latest round, the ERC received a record 15 applications totalling $65,000. Unfortunately, the amount of funds available from the ERC was limited to the income from our investments, which this year was approximately $20,000. As a result, many funding applications were scaled back, with some being rejected outright. Successful applicants this year were as follows:
Meie Kodu Newspaper
Sydney Estonian Handicraft Association
Estonian Archives in Australia
"Baltic Artists in Australia – Celebrating 100 Years"
Brisbane Estonian Playgroup
Estonian Society of Sydney
It should be noted that the above funding is for the 2018-19 financial year only and is subject to a number of other conditions, including:
Receipt of a written report on the successful organisations activities and a description of how the funds were expended;
Agreement to being named as a partner of the ERC and to have their logo and activities summarised on the ERC's website;
Acknowledge of the grant by making specific reference to it in any upcoming publication that the organisation may issue; and
Agreement that the funding satisfies the objectives of the constitution of the Estonian Relief Committee (ERC), which inter-alia includes:
Ø The promotion of Estonian history and culture in Australia;
Ø The teaching and promotion of literature, design, crafts, performing arts, radio, TV, moveable cultural heritage, music, community arts, video, visual arts, film, etc which is of Estonian origin;
Ø The preservation and promotion of Estonian language skills;
Ø The promotion and development of cultural relationships between Estonia and subsequent generations of Estonian descent born in Australia; Ø To facilitate cultural exchanges between groups with similar objectives from Australia and Estonia; andØ To consolidate and coordinate with like Australian organisations with cultural ties to Estonia.
We wish all of the successful applicants well in their endeavours.