Implementation of Action Plan for the Support of Culture Sector has been launched


2020 03 31


To reduce the negative consequences for artists, culture professionals and cultural organisations due to the declared state-level emergency and quarantine, the Ministry of Culture has prepared the initial Action Plan for Support of Culture Sector. The action plan, which aims to support artists, culture professionals and cultural organisations, has been prepared taking into account the proposals by the working group established by the Minister of Culture Mindaugas Kvietkauskas.

Additional funds – EUR 2 million – will be allocated for the payments for the creative downtime of artists and culture professionals, who are unable to generate income from their activities due to the quarantine.

Fund of compensatory remuneration for personal reproduction, over EUR 700,000, will be allocated to compensate losses of self-employed persons, working in the field of culture.

EUR 600,000 from the Culture Support Foundation are planned to allocate for individual scholarships for artists and culture professionals, awarded in instalments of EUR 600 for the duration of three months. These scholarships are designed to promote creativity and will be awarded through a competition to more than 300 artists and culture professionals.

A new funding programme of EUR 1.2 million is being planned for non-governmental organisations working in the field of culture. It is dedicated to the projects that aim to adapt the creative content for digital environment as well as adaptation of existing activities to changing circumstances.  

The new competitions related to the additional funding and the funding terms will be announced shortly by the Lithuanian Council for Culture.

The Action Plan for Support of Culture Sector will complemented in accordance with the new proposals from the working group and interested parties, changing circumstances, and financial capacity.

The Economic and Financial Action Plan

The Lithuanian Government has put in place the EUR 5 mlrd Economic and Financial Action Plan that provides the necessary resources for the efficient operation of the health and public security systems, for jobs and personal income protection, including an extension of the provisions of the Artists Social Security Programme and the allocation of additional funds, as well as the allocation of funds for self-employed persons who have paid social security contributions. More information on the measures undertaken is provided: