Public calls for co-financing cultural-artistic creation
Through a Public Call for cultural institutions, association and NGO sector, the Federal Ministry of Culture and Sport is supporting programs and projects of particular significance to the culture and cultural heritage of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Bosnia and Herzegovina. One of the criteria for selection of projects is a regional and national representation. This Ministry supports cultural programs and projects of national minorities and religious communities and therefore directly contributes to the implementation of the Convention2005. Very important projects for this Ministry are projects which are recognizing the importance of cultural diversity to social and economic development of the Federation of B&H. Public call 2012: In 2012 the Federal Ministry of Culture and Sport were selected 200 projects for co-financing in 8 areas (fine arts, theatre, music, literature and publishing, film, manifestations and festivals, amateur creations, cultural heritage) and the amount of BAM 2.164.700,00 was earmarked from the Budget (i.e. US dollars 1.433.100,00). Federation of BiH Government adopted a Program of Expenditure of Funds with allocation criteria for current transfers established by the Budget of the FBiH for 2012 in the Federal Ministry of Culture and Sport. Transfer for the reconstruction of cultural and architectural heritage amounted to 922 679 thousand BAM, while the transfer for the culture of significance for Federation BiH amounted to 1.5 million BAM. The associations of citizens and organizations in the field of culture amounted to 360 thousand BAM. Accordingly, the Program for expenditure of funds for 2012, allocated 200,000.00 BAM for youth in Federation BiH which includes programs in the field of culture. FBiH Government adopted a program and criteria for allocation of 200,000 BAM from the Budget for 2012 for co-financing of the protection of national monuments with cantonal and local communities. The FBiH Government has adopted the same amounts of money for the year 2013 with allocation criteria for above-mentioned transfers. Also, the following foundations operate within the FBiH Government: Cinematography Foundation, Publishing Foundation, Library Foundation and the Foundation for Music, Performing and Visual Arts. Those foundations have their own Budgets and Public calls for co-financing of programmes and projects of importance for realization of public interest in culture.
The Ministry of Education and Culture of RS finances republican institutions of culture on the basis of the annual programme of activities, provided by each republican institution of culture. The Ministry of Culture decides which projects and programmes will be funded in the coming year based on their quality.
Challenges identified in the implementation of this measure: Key challenges in this mission are reaching balanced development of all cultural activities at the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina and continuous support to cultural projects of significance for t B&H, raising the awareness and education of cultural workers with an aim to successfully apply with international funds.
If we summarize the public calls from the perspective of the entire cultural production, as well as the size of the population of the
Federation of B&H, it represents a form of public financial support for a large share of cultural projects. An approved project may be cofinanced
through the public call up to 50% of the amount of total funds necessary for its realization. In case of projects of special
importance for the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, they may be co-financed in an amount higher that the stated one. Very
important is to not forget that 10 cantonal ministries have their own budgets and public-calls for co-financing cultural and artistic projects.
This legal measure fosters realization of the set goals which, among other, include balanced territorial development of culture and
creation of conditions for realization and development of all areas of cultural and artistic creation, but also to protect and promote
diversity of cultural expressions differentiated according to areas of the public call. This form of regular annual support to cultural and
artistic creation is in the spirit of measures for protection and promotion of diversity of cultural expressions provided for in the Convention,
under Article 6 paragraph 2 items d, e and g.
Subsidizing NGOs - through a public call, in accordance with the Regulations on Co-financing of Public Needs in Culture (Official Gazette of
the Republic of Srpska, No. 7/10), which serves as a basis to publish open calls, provides the support to the projects promoting artistic
creativity and cultural diversity in different fields of art and culture. Encouraging cooperation between artists and their participation in the
territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the region and across Europe and around the world, contributes to cultural diversity.
The Regulations on Specific Criteria and Procedure to Allocate the Games of Chance Revenues (Official Gazette of the Republic of Srpska,
No. 110/10) serves as a basis to announce the competition for the allocation of the games of chance revenue. The basis for the allocation
of these funds by the Ministry is the condition that the organization has already been supported by some of the international donors or
If we compare experience from the previous public call periods, we can see evident growth in the quality and innovation of offer in cultural contents, which is a realistic indicator of successful realization of significant production in a such manner. The quality was ensured through continuous support for projects that became recognized in the entity of the Federation of B&H with a tendency to exceed entity framework and cooperation with the relevant cultural actors as well as training of personnel for project development, raising the level of awareness and education in order to be able to apply with international funds.