Funding schemes in support of diaspora communities in other countries
The main objective is to support the contemporary cultural manifestations of diaspora communities in order not only to sustain links and ties with their homelands but also to facilitate the promotion of contemporary creation including traditional folk art as well as to promote cultural diversity through diverse modes of artistic creation, production, distribution and enjoyment.
Certain measures are adopted both by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as by the Ministry of Education and Culture so as to provide funding to certain cultural activities such as travel grants to folk dance groups, choirs and artists to participate at diaspora cultural events as well as direct funding to diaspora communities for the cultural activities they promote in the framework of their own programming of cultural events and activities. Moreover, in order to ensure that the diaspora communities have access to the diverse cultural content of Cyprus, cultural goods (i.e. books, Cds, etc.) from different Cypriot religious groups (i.e. Latins, Maronites, Armenians) are distributed to diaspora communities. Additionally, educational activities of diaspora communities are also supported by the Ministry of Education and Culture.
Challenges identified in the implementation of this measure : There are no mechanisms of monitoring and evaluation regarding the impact of cultural activities in diaspora communities.