Media Support Foundation

Media Support Foundation
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 

Media Support Foundation is an independent public foundation in Lithuania, established by 20 shareholders in 1996 (by 19 civil society organisations and the Ministry of Culture). The majority of the shareholders are creative cultural organisations, but also there are associations of different sectors of private mass media.
The Foundation is responsible for organising calls for financial support to cultural and educational projects in the mass media. The Foundation is an independent manager of public finance subsidies from the state budget. Since 2016, the Foundation's annual budget has amounted to up to EUR 2.7 million. The goals included mass media literacy goals which were not assigned to the Foundation before 2016. Horizontal goals to support projects for young people and minors as well as for national minorities are also set here.
The total budget of the Foundation is distributed between six programmes in the following proportions: 1) periodic cultural and art press - 25 percent; 2) periodic national press - 10 percent; 3) periodic regional press - 25 percent; 4) national radio and TV - 16 percent; 5) regional radio and TV - 8 percent; 6) Internet (digital) media - 16 percent.
A separate regional radio and TV programme has been included in the budget of the Foundation only since 2016. The sixth programme for the Internet (digital) media has also been allocated an enlarged portion of the budget since 2016. The greatest emphasis of the support policy for dissemination of the cultural educational content has been placed on the periodic cultural and art press as well as on the periodic regional press of Lithuania.


What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 

The average number of projects supported by the Foundation in all programmes fluctuates at around 300 per year. Since the main factor for all supported projects is the original content and remunerations for content creation, the support of the Foundation reaches more than 3000 cultural content creators every year. Cultural periodicals are distributed by the Foundation to libraries of Lithuania.

Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

The Foundation distributes USD 3.05 million annually.

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partnerType of entity
The Ministry of Culture
Public Sector
Lithuanian Union of Art Creators
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Association on Ethics of Public Information
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Ministry of Education, Science and Sports
Public Sector
Association of Internet Media
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Lithuanian Association of Radio and Television
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Lithuanian Association of Periodic Press Publishers
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Lithuanian National Association of Regional Newspapers
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Lithuanian Association of Cable Television
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Lithuanian Association of Regional Television and Radio
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Lithuanian Society of Lawyers
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Lithuanian Union of Scientists
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)
Cinema/ Audiovisual Arts