The grant competition of Domus Dorpatensis in 2012

The scholar of the 2012 Domus Dorpatensis grant is Jone Koppel.

Jone is living on Saaremaa island in the village of Laadla. Self-evident services such as ATM or gas station are 50 kilometers away from the village. But thanks to Jone's efforts the village shop in Laadla has been kept open - this is the only shop in the periphery of 30 kilometers. Jone is keeping his shop already for twenty years. He has allowed the community to use his land and property for free and has voluntarily kept  the village house and the village square in order -  despite his own insecure economic situation and the small turnover of the shop. Also Jone has helped to renovate the rooms of the village house which are situated on the top floor of his shop. It was his initiative to improve the village square which is used by all the community members as a center of culture and meeting place. Jone has been active for years to improve the cultural life in Sõrvemaa and to preserve the local traditions.

This year we received 49 applications. The members of the grant commission were the Executive Director of National Foundation for Civil Society Mr Agu Laius, the CEO of Domus Dorpatensis Mr Martin Noorkõiv, professor Mrs Marju Lauristin and the scholar of 2011 Mrs Anneli Anijärv.

Domus Dorpatensis thanks all the participants of the grant competition.

The grant was handed over on 23 November in Tallinn at a festive reception which was dedicated to the Citizen’s Day and took place in the Adamson Ericu museum. We thank the Ministry of Culture, especially the department of Integration and Cultural Diversity, for the good cooperation.