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 governments 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.
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 participation initiative. Small-scale initiatives and projects are financed through the calls for proposals of the Council of the 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. Development programmes to support youth workers training and reduce the impact of unequal conditions, preventing exclusion and supporting youth employability, including providing additional support to NEET youth are implemented.
The Children and Youth at Risk, which is the EEA Grants support programme for 2013-2017, improves the situation of youth of up to 26 years of age. The programme is implemented by the Estonian Youth Work Centre.