Nearly 240 Projects of National Minorities to be Eligible for Funding

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2018 01 11

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The Department of National Minorities under the Government of the Republic of Lithuania started evaluation of the projects promoting the development of national minorities’ culture in 2018. 
 
The Department evaluates the projects in three categories this year. They are:
1. The Dissemination of National Minorities’ Culture,
2. The Dissemination of National Minorities’ Culture and Cooperation in the South East Lithuania, and
3. The Dissemination of National Minorities’ Culture in the Mass Media.

The total budget allocated to co-financing of projects is estimated to be more than EUR 270 000.
Associations, charity and support funds, public bodies can submit applications for funding in accordance with the procedures of the laws of the Republic of Lithuania. General education institutions can submit their applications in category of Intercultural Cooperation of Schools and the Promotion of Dialogue.

This year 238 applications were submitted. It is practically as many as in 2017.  The total amount exceeds EUR 1,1 million.

A majority of applications, i.e. 181 project is eligible for funding in category No. 1, the Dissemination of National Minorities’ Culture. The total amount of the applications exceeds EUR 1 million 250 thousand. The amount requested from the Department exceeds EUR 807 000 of the total amount.

There were 43 applications submitted in the category of the Dissemination of National Minorities’ Culture and Cooperation in the South East Lithuania. The total estimated amount of the applications is EUR 304 000. The amount requested from the Department is EUR 221 000 of the total amount.

The third category – the Dissemination of National Minorities’ Culture in the Mass Media received the smallest number of applications totalling over EUR 170 000. The amount requested from the Department exceeds EUR 111 000 of the total amount.

A set up panel of experts representing different institutions and nongovernmental organizations shall evaluate the applications in February 2018. We shall announce the final verdict of the panel on the 1st of March 2018 latest. 

As we celebrate the Centennial of the restored Lithuania this year, we shall therefore pay a special attention to those cultural projects of national minority communities, which shall give real meaning to the most important date of the Centennial.