THE OPERATIONAL AND CROSS-DISCIPLINARY PROGRAMMES OF THE MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND NATIONAL HERITAGE
The operational programmes led by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage exemplify a systemic project-based solution for the publicly funded support of a range of cultural entities. Each year, a list is announced of grant programmes for local-government and state cultural institutions, local government units, NGOs, churches and religious associations. These programmes are primarily concerned with artistic events, museum collections, literature and readership promotion, education, cultural heritage and cultural-infrastructure development. A very important program, in the context of the Convention, is the Culture Observatory, which is operated by the National Centre for Culture. The program’s objective is also to identify particularly important areas of operation of the cultural policy by subsidising research projects and projects interpreting data about culture. MKiDN has also engaged in multiannual programmes, such as the CULTURE+ programme, whose aim in the years 2011-2015 was to improve access to culture and raise participation in cultural life in rural areas and mixed rural and urban areas by upgrading and building the library infrastructure and digitising the resources of Polish museums, libraries and archives.