8.1.1 Overview of strategies, programmes and direct or indirect forms of support
Support to artists includes direct financing and indirect assistance through e.g. low rents for premises, studios, workshops etc. Most regional and municipal councils have special funds to support creative activities. The lion's share of public funds is directed toward the maintenance of existing cultural institutions, including paying the salaries of their employees.
There is a system of Presidential grants for young artists and writers will be enlarged in 2013, including for professional and amateur artists. Also, private foundations offer different grants to support artistic initiatives (PinchukArtCentre, Rinat Akhmetov Foundation for Development of Ukraine, Open Ukraine and others).