The Ministry of Culture is currently running the "Support for Developing Bulgarian Culture and Arts, Bulgarian Publishing Sector, Libraries and Community Centres programme. It is an example of implementing cultural diversity policies and programmes at national and regional level, all aimed at creative development and expression through the language of culture.
The programme is implemented via the following sub-programmes:
"Book Aid" to support creative projects in the field of book publishing
National award "Hr. G. Danov". The most prestigious state award contest in the field of book publishing, which includes awards in 8 categories and the National General Contribution Honorary Award.
The "Bulgarian Libraries - Contemporary Reading and Awareness Centres" Programme. During the past 4 years, tender bids were organised to renew the collections of public libraries (regional, municipal and city libraries, and libraries within community centres) with new up-to-date literature, cultural and literary periodicals, and other modern information sources. Thus Bulgarian libraries will be able to meet the readers' growing needs.
Activities focused on children and young people are a priority for the Ministry.
"Book Aid" - Calls for proposals were held to finance publishing activities. On average, 60 projects are supported annually in various directions: Bulgarian and translated literature; Bulgarian and translated humanities books; literature for children and adolescents; cultural heritage and contemporary culture.
National Award "Hr. G. Danov". The most prestigious state award contest in the field of book publishing, which includes awards in 8 categories and the National General Contribution Honorary Award.
The "Bulgarian Libraries - Modern Reading and Awareness Centres" Program . During the reporting period, the Ministry supported project proposals from public libraries to upgrade their stock with books and other information sources.
With its sustainable development programmes and policies, the Ministry of Culture creates real prerequisites for establishing the existing and introducing new cultural and educational activities in community centres, reinforcing the library network and supporting Bulgarian literature nationwide and abroad; protecting intangible cultural heritage, developing non-professional art, cultural integration of ethnic communities, disabled people, active ageing, equal involvement of women and men in cultural life, etc.
Funding is provided by the state budget.
"Book Aid" - The financial framework for the 4-year period is USD 231,472.
USD 69,442 were allocated for organising and holding the National Award Ceremony "Hr. G. Danov" for the last 4-year period.
The "Bulgarian Libraries - Contemporary Reading and Awareness Centres" Program had a financial framework of USD 1,736,040 for the 4-year period.
TOTAL: 2,036,954 USD
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Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Annual reports present the benefits and contributions to developing this sector as a result of the support provided.