On the 5th of April Lithuanian Council for Culture (hereinafter “The Council“) published the information about the funding of the first cultural and artistic projects of the 1st application round. This was the first distribution of financial support after Culture Support Foundation had been restructured and renamed to Lithuanian Council for Culture.
As stated in the media (September, 2013), the Council plans to allocate the following amounts for Projects in 2014: 6,6 million LTL – “Education”, 7 million LTL – “Culture in the regions”, 22,9 million LTL – “Creation of cultural products and services”, 8,1 million LTL – “International mobility projects“, 3,15 million LTL – “Cultural identity projects“, 1,3 million LTL – “Art, social, applied and interdisciplinary projects“. During the first round 30 million LTL (out of 49 million LTL) have been distributed to fund 1482 Projects (in total 3446 applications have been received). Funding for one project on average is around 20 000 LTL.
The in-depth analysis made by Future Society Institute showed that the Council concentrated on funding projects that go in alignment with the Minister’s of Culture S. Birutis declared cultural policy priorities: 34 per cent of total funding was allocated to cultural education and development in regions.
Majority of applications approved were submitted to measures “Creation of cultural products and services“ (501 application) and constituted 34 per cent of all approved applications. In area of cultural education 321 applications were approved (22 per cent), while in the area of cultural development in regions – 393 applications (26 per cent).
As mentioned before, almost 13,9 million LTL was allocated to the measure “Creation of cultural products and services“ (46 per cent of total budget). The amount funded per project is around 27,7 thousand LTL.
Analysis of the results revealed that majority of applicants were from Vilnius. The artists of the capital can be proud that 125 applications submitted by Vilnius citizens were approved under the measure “Cultural education“, which constitutes 30 per cent of all applications approved (in total 321 applications have been received). Other cities are significantly lagging behind, for instance: only 30 applications have been approved in Kaunas , while in Klaipeda – just 10. Smaller cities outran Klaipeda: 18 applications submitted by citizens of Panevezys have been approved, while 11 Projects will be implemented in Siauliai. All other cities will have an opportunity to implement 127 Projects (40 per cent of all funded Projects).
Smaller cities are especially taking care of cultural education of their children. Despite the fact that Vilnius have submitted the greatest number of applications under the measure “Culture in the regions“ (109 applications have been approved), it is clear that some smaller cities, such as Anyksciai (12 Projects have received funding), are becoming new cultural centres.
These results confirm that need and potential of cultural development in Lithuanian regions remains strong. Cultural education and development in regions is especially important for the quality of life as well as attractiveness of the area for foreign and national investors.