Cultural Activities - Support for Art- Grant tender proceedings (Call for proposals), Department of Art

Czechia (Czech Republic)
Key objectives of the measure:

The promotion of culture is defined by the state cultural policy, which comes out from the Concept for more effective promotion of art during the period from 2007–2013. In 2014, the Department of Literary Studies and Libraries began work on the Strategy of Support for the Arts in the Czech Republic 2015–2020, which was approved by the Government in its Resolution No. 1009 from 47 December 2015. The Call for proposal comes out from this Strategy.

The support of Art is organized via Department of  Arts (hereinafter referred to as “DA“) of the Ministry of Culture  and it carries out the tasks of the Ministry as the central government body responsible for the professional arts in the fields of theatre, music, the visual arts, architecture and applied arts.

During the past few years there has been an increase in funding for the arts.  This increase has been reflected in the increased numbers of projects supported. The diversity of projects and the participation of the civil society have increased during the period under review as compared to the previous period.

Scope of the measure:
Nature of the measure:
regulatory, financial
Main feature of the measure:

The purpose of the measure is:

a) monitoring and evaluating the situation of the professional arts in the areas of theatre, music, visual arts, architecture and applied arts,

b) supporting important events in the areas of theatre, music, visual arts, architecture and applied arts and implementing aid programmes for projects in these areas,

c) official presentations of the Czech professional arts abroad, primarily through published project support programmes,

d) creating conditions for the development and support of professional artistic activities in collaboration with universities and colleges,

e) cooperating with the separate Department of the European Union to carry out the Ministry’s tasks arising from the Czech Republic’s membership of the European Union and with the Department of International Relations to carry out the Ministry’s tasks arising from the Czech Republic’s

f) carrying out selection procedures for contributions from the State budget for creative or study purposes (referred to as “creative and study scholarships”) in the area of the professional arts – visual arts, architecture, design, applied arts, music, literature, theatre and dance.

Results expected through the implementation of the measure:

During the period from 2014-2016 the Ministry of Culture supported projects in the areas of music, theatre and dance through scholarships. Support for individual projects was allocated on the basis of relevant assessment criteria. Grant beneficiaries also included entities engaged in the exchange of cultural goods and services and representatives of the civil society.  The list of projects receiving support is shown below:

 In the field of theatre, the MC CR supported 265 projects.

In the field of professional dance and movement and non-verbal theatre, 196.

In the field of classical music, 372.


In the field of alternative music 300.


In the field of professional visual arts, 546.

In the field of scholarships for artists, 119.

Financial resources allocated to implement the measure:

Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic through the Department of Art of the Ministry of Culture (DA). The DA has managed to increase the budget covering grant programmes for the so-called “live arts” in recent years. Whereas around CZK 185 million was distributed in support of projects in the professional arts in 2014 (theatre, dance, music and the visual arts), in 2017 this rose to CZK 290 million. A new grant programme was opened in 2016 for major festivals and sectoral shows, with a budget of CZK 100 million. Support for year-round activities of regional theatres and musical ensembles has also grown considerably: from CZK 84 million in 2014 to CZK 160 million in 2017.

Main conclusions of the evaluation of the measure:


Indicators used to determine impact:
Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)
Performing Arts
Visual Arts