8.1.3 Grants, awards, scholarships
Both the government and private institutions award prizes to cultural professionals in various fields. In recent decades, there has been a marked growth in the number of prizes, which have a significant impact on cultural production and consumption. Their number can be estimated at around 700, varying in many ways: from oeuvre prizes to encouragement prizes for young talent or for special groups like students, women or elderly persons; from national, provincial / regional or municipal prizes to prizes named after a person with exceptional merits in a specific area; from large to small sums of money and statues or commemorative coins; and from all possible sectors in the field of arts, cultural heritage and media, literature and libraries to trans-sector prizes for arts education, arts criticism or cultural diversity. Architecture, theatre, film and media have the least number of awards.
Grants and scholarships are mostly awarded by the Cultural Funds (see chapter 8.1.2).