The Department of National Minorities has announced the results of the contest of applications for subsidisation of national minorities’ organisations in Lithuania in 2016. A total sum of €156,000 was apportioned. Among projects that were selected to be financed, there were also ones submitted by Polish organisations, institutions, and folk ensembles.
As the Department of National Minorities reported, 156 applications for the total amount of €595,000 had been sent in for the contest announced in December of 2015. A hundred and sixteen of them had been selected. The amount of €116,000 had been allocated to organisations uniting Poles, Belarusians, Armenians, Azerbaijanis, Greeks, Russians, Jews, and Tatars living in Lithuania. The full list of projects that were granted funding is here.
There are 25 “Polish” projects on the list. Among the beneficiaries is the Association of Polish Schools Teachers “Macierz Szkolna” [trans. Educational Society] in Lithuania, which is going to obtain €800 to organise the 20th School Theatre Festival and €1,500 for the competition-dictation in Lithuanian language. Projects of the House of Polish Culture in Vilnius are going to be subsidised as well, e.g. the “Kalejdoskop” programme as part of the “Culture Night” Festival (€1,500). The Department of National Minorities granted some money also for the functioning of Saturday-Sunday schools in Kėdainiai (€600) and Visaginas (€400); for the organisation of the festivals, i.e. “Śpiewaj z nami” in the Širvintų region (€1,000), “Znad Issy” in Kėdainiai (€800), “Dźwięcz, polska pieśni!” in the Trakai region (€2,000); and for the functioning of the “Wilia,” “Zgoda,” and “Wilenka” folk ensembles. The biggest amount of money – €5,500 – was allocated to an educational project of the Public Benefit Institution “Vilnvarsa.”
A separate contest has been announced for the subsidisation of projects directed at the culture promotion of national minorities living in South East Lithuania. Twenty-six applications for the total amount of €165,746 were sent in. The board selected 21 of them, and the funding will amount to €40,000. Amid the events that obtain financial support from this pool are the May Weekend in Eišiškės organised by the Association of the Eišiškės Land Enthusiasts (€800) and the “Idy Teatralne” Festival organised by the Polish Theatre Studio in Vilnius (€1,200).
On the basis of: tmde.lrv.lt
Tłumaczenie by Karolina Katarzyńska w ramach praktyk w Europejskiej Fundacji Praw Człowieka, www.efhr.eu. Translated by Karolina Katarzyńska within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.