Support for Civil Society Organizations in Contemporary Culture and Arts through the Foundation ‘Kultura Nova’
In July 2011 the new Law on the Foundation "Kultura nova" was adopted and the Foundation, dedicated to the promotion and development of civil society in the field of contemporary culture and arts, started with its work.
Kultura Nova is an operational and grant making foundation, which provides professional and financial support to civil society organizations in the field of contemporary arts and culture in Croatia primarily through a Support Programme that has a number of Programme areas. The Foundation publishes open calls for project and programme proposals on an annual basis. The Support Programme is currently realized through four Programme areas: Development Support for Organizations; Conception and Preparation of New Projects/Programmes; Development of Cooperation Platforms in the Republic of Croatia; and Development of Cooperation Platforms in South-eastern Europe.
The main purpose of the Foundation is the promotion and development of civil society in the Republic of Croatia in the fields of contemporary arts and culture. Kultura Nova provides professional and financial support to programmes developed by organizations of civil society in culture that: support the development of programme implementers' production and organizational capacities; increase the level of professional activities through informal education and professional training; support cooperation between sectors; work to improve programme networking and cooperation at national, regional and international level; promote creativity and cultural activism of youth; support other programmes directed at the realization of the foundation’s objectives. Kultura Nova also implements its own programmes in the above mentioned areas.
The Foundation is expected to contribute to: the building and strengthening of organizations' capacities for the development of contemporary artistic and cultural praxis; the development of advanced cooperation praxis in culture; the development of knowledge on contemporary arts and culture; the acknowledgement of the importance of arts and culture in the development of society.
The funding for the Foundation "Kultura nova" is obtained partly through the Lottery fund, donations and other sources according to the Law. According to the Foundation yearly report, the funding earmarked for the work of the Foundation in 2015 amounted to more than 8,5 million Kuna (approx.1.133.333EUR).