State Cultural Capital Foundation (SCCF)
The goal of the SCCF is to provide financial support and promote balanced development of creative work in all sectors of culture and art and encourage the preservation of cultural heritage. It also facilitates the development of international relations and promotes Latvian art and culture world wide. The establishment of the SCCF, which started operating as an arms length body of the Ministry of Culture in 1998, was a major milestone in Latvian cultural policy and completely changed funding patterns in the cultural sector. The financing of cultural projects which had previously been the responsibility of the Ministry of Culture was delegated to the SCCF.
The SCCF announces and administers culture projects’ competitions several times a year, allots life long grants for culture and arts workers and gives financial support to short term educational, creative or scientific travels abroad. There are also programmes within the SCCF dedicated to children and youth, as well as regional programmes and support programmes for professional culture NGOs.
The SCCF is managed by the Council of the Foundation, its activities are ensured by its director and the culture projects are evaluated by experts of 8 branches: Literature, Music and Dance, Theatrical arts, Film arts, Visual arts, Cultural Heritage, Traditional Culture, Design and Architecture, Interdiscliplinary.
Challenges identified in the implementation of this measure:
2009 saw a sharp reduction in the SCCF budget to 5.8 million EUR and in 2010 - to 3 million EUR, which was by 72% less than in 2008. The budget of the SCCF in 2006 was 9.9 million EUR, in 2007- 10.3 million EUR, and in 2008 - 10.7 million EUR. In 2011, the buget was 3,4 million EUR. In 2012, the budget of the SCCF is 4,2 million EUR.
In 2010 there was a sharp cut of funding for the SCCF (2006 - EUR 9.9 million, 2007 - EUR 10.3 million, 2008 - 10.7 million, 2009 - 5.8 million, 2010 - EUR 3 million), which led to the fact that there was a limited number of projects which were approved and the demand from the sector many times exceeded the SCCF fundind possibilities.