The youth work is financed from the local government budget according to the priorities approved in the development plan of the municipality and tasks and activities related thereto.
Usually local goverments finance local youth programmes and projects, such as youth camps, sports events and hobby activities in schools, and support youth associations. Open calls will be carried out or contracts will be signed with the promoters of the activities.
Local governments often also maintain hobby schools (music, sports, art, nature, etc) and youth centres, funding the management costs of buildings and staff costs as well as the participation of youth in the activities.
Activities pursuing wider national impact in the youth work are financed from the state budget. Some of these funds are allocated through county governments, e.g. grants for juvenile committees, youth information centres and open youth centres.
Annual grants from state budget are allocated to the youth associations that involve at least 500 members and run high quality activities at least in 5 counties and youth work associations that represent larger sectoral stakeholders.
A separate programme has also been created to support youth councils. Small-scale initiatives and projects are financed through the calls for proposals of the Council of Gambling Tax.
The Estonian National Agency for the Erasmus+ Programme of the Archimedes Foundation implements the Erasmus+ programme by means of the funds of the European Union. New development programmes of youth affairs are planned for 2014-2020 on account of the funds of the European Social Fund.
The Children and Youth at Risk, which is the EEA Grants support programme, improves the situation of youth of up to 26 years of age. The programme is implemented by the Estonian Youth Work Centre.