In 2018, the Agreement between the Ministries of Culture of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia was signed on the Establishment of the Baltic Culture Fund. The goal of the Fund is to promote cultural cooperation between the Baltic countries and strengthen the internationalisation of Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian culture through joint cultural projects and events. Grants are distributed annually and the deadline for applications is 20 May.
The Baltic Culture Fund supports professional events and projects in architecture, visual art, design, literature, sound art, performing arts, libraries, museums and archives as well as interdisciplinary projects. Its prioritises new and unique cultural events outside the Baltic countries, such as concerts, exhibitions, festivals, performances, international events with a Baltic focus, and showcases and forums promoting the internationalisation of culture. The Fund is administrated by the national cultural endowments on a three-year rotation basis; the Cultural Endowment of Estonia is the first to coordinate the Fund's activities. The grants range from EUR 25 000 to EUR 100 000 per project. At least 20 percent of the total budget of the project must consist of additional financial resources. Only legal persons from Estonia, Latvia or Lithuania are eligible for support. The lead partner for each project must bring in partners from all three Baltic countries. Project applications are evaluated by the expert committee that consists of six representatives from different cultural domains that are appointed for a period of three years. Each country is represented by two committee members appointed by the supervisory board of the national cultural endowment.
In 2019, a total of USD 434 188 was allocated to nine projects in fine arts, music and performing arts representing the creative potential of the Baltic states in international art festivals.
In 2020, a total of USD 325 641 was allocated to eight projects in performing arts, literature, architecture and design.
Each Baltic country allocates USD 108 547 to the Fund annually. The Fund also accepts donations. In 2019, the Nordic Council of Ministers donated USD 108 547 for organising cultural events in the Nordic countries.
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Lithuanian Council for Culture