How we Fund the Community

Did you know that much of what takes place in the Estonian community is financially supported by Estonian Foundation of Canada (EFC)?

Funded by donations and bequests from individuals in our community, EFC is a registered charity that supports a broad range of Estonian cultural and heritage programs and initiatives to sustain a vibrant Estonian community across Canada.

Program and Initiative Funding

The Estonian Foundation welcomes applications for program and initiative funding twice a year from established organizations, groups, and associations as well as new initiatives. Each application will be reviewed and considered by the Board of Directors. All successful applications must meet the Foundation’s funding criteria.

Funding Application Deadlines:
Spring: March 1, 2024
Fall: October 1, 2024

For details on EFC funding and how to apply click here.

2023 EFC Scholarships - Deadline June 1, 2024

Higher education, with its long-standing history in Estonia, has been valued by generations of Estonians. This value has carried over to Estonian-Canadians and is reflected in generous donations from our community members for the establishment of post-secondary scholarship funds. Thanks to this generosity, the Estonian Foundation of Canada has been able to grant over 150 scholarships to Estonian-Canadian students since 2003. Through these scholarships, the Foundation is helping to reduce the financial burden of post-secondary education, and encouraging recipients to stay connected to their heritage and the Estonian-Canadian community.

The Foundation added two new scholarship funds in 2021, enabled by substantial bequests from Martin & Heljo Mäeks and Vilma & Heinrich Blum. In total, the Estonian Foundation offers 3 scholarships to post-secondary students in the Estonian-Canadian community who are studying in second year or above, or at the graduate level.

For details on these scholarships and how to apply click here.
Application form will open May 1, 2024.



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The Estonian Foundation of Canada is a registered charity that supports Estonian cultural and heritage initiatives across Canada.

Charitable No. 891452575 RR 0001


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