- October 12, 2015
The Department of National Minorities divided the subvention for national minorities
The Department of National Minorities, which has taken the duties of Ministry of Culture to decide on matters of national minorities since July 2015, announced the results of the contest granting funds for various activities of the Lithuanian minority organisations in the second half of 2015. The given amount was 31,000 Euro. Among 44 funded projects, only 6 were submitted by Polish organisations.
Exceptionally, in year 2015 the contest was announced twice: in the first half of the year the grant was given by the Ministry of Culture (52,000 Euro in total), and in the second half the Department of National Minorities (31,000 Euro in total). In year 2014, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania appropriated in total 288, 000 Lithuanian litas (over 83,000 Euro) for national minorities’ grants. About 67,000 Lithuanian litas (19,400 Euro) were distributed for Polish projects.
The Department of National Minorities informs that for the contest announced in August 2015, from 98 applications sent, 44 were chosen. Those are the projects submitted by organisations associating Belarusians, Armenians, Azeris, Greeks, Russians, Jews and Tatars living in Lithuania. Full list of projects that were given grants is here [document available in the original text].
On the list of the recommended applications there are 6 Polish projects prepared by organisations and institutions from Vilnius area (5,800 Euro in total):
1500 Euro was given to Trotsky Division of The Association of Poles in Lithuania for the Christmas series of concerts „The Road to Betlehem”
1300 Euro will receive the Polish Theatre Studio in Vilnius for publishing an album for their 55th anniversary of its activity
1000 Euro will receive Polish Song and Dance Ensembly „Wilia” for the jubilee concert of 60 years of their activity
900 Euro for Song and Dance Ensembly „Rudziszczanie” which celebrates 25th anniversary
600 Euro for Charity Foundation „House of Polish Culture in Vilnius”[Pl. „Dom Kultury Polskiej w Wilnie] for projects „Poetry Saloon” [Pl. „Salon Poezji”]
500 Euro for Charity Foundation „Gallery of Smiles” [Pl. „Galeria Uśmiechów”]
Based on: lrkm.lt
Translated by Klaudia Chmura within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.