8.1.3 Grants, awards, scholarships
An institute for awarding titles to honoured and people's artists of the Republic is still in operation. In 2002, а title of "Honoured Worker of Culture of the Republic of Armenia" was approved. The Republic of Armenia President's Award, which is financed by Diaspora benefactors each year, is awarded also to individuals distinguished in the cultural sphere.
Separate cultural funds announce competitions for the most prominent works of art in a given year (e.g. Tekeyan Cultural Union or the Armenian Fund for Art Development).
Programmes for loans and travel grants do not function in Armenia; however the Ministry of Culture often provides travelling expenses for individual artists to ensure their participation at international events.