Lennart Meri Waterfowl Fund was established with the objective to preserve the memory of this remarkable Estonian statesman and researcher of Finno-Ugric peoples, and to support creative and social activities among youth for the benefit of Finno-Ugric peoples.
2020 – Raisija Sungurova – Mari poet, founder of youth and children’s folklore groups, leader of the Jugra Mari community.
2018 – Nikolai Anisimov – Udmurt folklorist, researcher at the Estonian Literary Museum and member of the ensemble AR-GOD.
2016 – Karoliina Kreintaal – Estonian traditional musician and photographer, author of the traveling exhibition “Visits to the Edge of the World”.
2014 – Julia Nikitina – Udmurt Activist, CEO of the Organizing Committee of the Finno-Ugric Capital of Culture Bõgõ 2014.
2013 – Aleksei Tsõkarev – of the Ludian nationality Tsõkarev has previously been the leading figure of the national organization Young Karelia, initiating and leading the change.
2012 – Leanne Barbo – Estonian folk musician, music and dance teacher. For several years, he has visited the Vojvodina language and Culture summer camp in Jõgõperä, Vojvodina, to teach Votian songs and English dances to Votians. On his initiative, Tai-Tai ensemble playing Livonian, Latvian, Votian and Estonian music was also formed.
2009 – Nikolai Kuznetsov – a Komi linguist living in Estonia, who has compiled a dictionary and a collection of poems, translated poetry and created a computer vocabulary.