Tartu conference funding has been initiated in order to raise awareness of Tartu’s reputation as a world-class conference destination, and to help increase the number of conference participants’ overnight stays in the accommodation establishments in Tartu.
The requirements of applying for funding are that the conference is held in Tartu, the total number of overnight stays in the city must amount to a minimum of 200, and the duration of the conference program is at least two consecutive days. Every night that each person spends in the city counts towards the total number of overnight stays, so if there are less conference participants but the conference is longer, all overnight stays of each person are taken into account. When calculating overnight stays, it is wise to remember that overnight stays of both foreign guests and those arriving from outside Tartu (for example, Tallinn) can be taken into account.
Funding applications for conferences, which take place during the period from the 1st of January to the 30th of June, are submitted to the Department of Public Relations of Tartu City Government no later than by the 1st of October of the previous calendar year, and for the conferences that take place during the period from the 1st of July to the 31st of December, by the 1st of April of the same calendar year.
Applications received in the first round are reviewed no later than in December, and applications received in the second round no later than in June.