The National Centre for Culture has announced the results of the "Culture Online" grant programme, financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. PLN 60,000,000 will go to 1,188 beneficiaries throughout the country to support local cultural initiatives and to continue cultural and artistic activities online during the coronavirus epidemic. The winning projects will be implemented until 30 October 2020 and their effects will be available on the Internet with free access.
"Culture online" is a new grant programme of the National Centre for Culture worth PLN 60 million, launched on the initiative of the deputy prime minister, prof. Piotr Gliński, from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage funds as part of the so-called "Anti-crisis shield". Its purpose is to support cultural institutions, non-governmental organizations and other entities operating in the cultural sector and to increase universal access to cultural goods via the Internet.
The projects that received min. 75 points out of 100 possible received the financing. The number of nearly 1,200 beneficiaries on a scale of 6,000 applications submitted to the NCK is adequate to the budgetary capabilities of the programme.
Due to the great interest in the programme, the Minister of Culture and National Heritage prof. Piotr Gliński, in agreement with Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, decided to increase the initial budget of the programme fourfold, from PLN 15 million to PLN 60 million. Another PLN 20 million will be granted to individuals as part of the scholarship component of the "Culture online" programme, managed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. The results of the scholarship programme for artists will be announced next week. Due to a huge number of applicants it was decided to award more three-month scholarships instead of six-month ones, thus increasing the number of individuals who receive support.
Results of the grant programme are avilable at the National Centre for Culture website.