Kertu Saks will continue as the head of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia


The supervisory board of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia decided to extend the term of office of chairwoman Kertu Saks until 2024. Kertu Saks, who started working in 2016, will complete her first term of office this autumn.

“Today, the Cultural Endowment is a set of support instruments that implements a wide range of support measures in addition to regular activities, such as privately funded support programmes, international support measures, cooperation with universities teaching creative programmes, and the construction of cultural buildings. The Cultural Endowment is becoming a competence centre for supporting culture and sports and is also an internationally important partner. I am happy to continue this work,” said Kertu Saks.

The Cultural Endowment receives more than 16,000 grant applications a year, and nearly 11,000 of them receive funding. In 2019, culture and sports were supported with 21.1 million euros through endowments, county expert groups and programmes, and a total of 8.09 million euros was spent on the construction of important cultural buildings (Estonian National Museum and the performance hall of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre).  

Kertu Saks has previously headed the Energy Discovery Centre, worked as a journalist for Eesti Päevaleht and as the coordination manager of the European Social Fund at the Ministry of Social Affairs. In 2011, she defended her doctoral dissertation in the Department of Journalism and Communication, Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Tartu on the topic “The Formation of Editing Culture and Practice in Estonian Newspapers 1988 – 2005”. She has written several biographies and cultural history books and published articles on communication, education and culture.

More information:
Kertu Saks
Head of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia
Phone: +372 51 55 251;