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Ukraine/ 8.1 Support to artists and other creative workers  

8.1.3 Grants, awards, scholarships

The National Shevchenko Prize is the oldest annual award for writers, artists and artists groups for extraordinary achievements in different branches of culture. The Shevchenko Prize Committee receives applications from organisations and initiatives and declares its decision at the beginning of each year, before T. Shevchenko's anniversary on 9 March. In spite of its long history and the amount (in 2015, about 10 000 EUR), the National Shevchenko Prize has not become an indicator and / or an engine for authors' popularity. Among other literature prizes it is the Ukrainian Book of the Year, the state literature prize of the President of Ukraine established in 2009, Koronatsiya Slova (Coronation of a Word), a non-governmental contest established in 1998 by the company Kraft Foods Ukraine, the BBC Book of the Year, a prize existing since 2005 and founded by the BBC, LitAkcent of the Year, a prize founded by the web-portal, the Joseph Conrad-Korzeniowski prize established in 2007 by the Polish Institute in Ukraine, and the Antonovych award established in 1980 by the International Foundation of Omelian and Tetiana Antonovych (founded by renowned Ukrainian philanthropist Omelian Antonovych (1914-2008), prizes of publishing houses (for example the publishing house Smoloskyp), the National Writers' Union awards and others.  

There are also awards for special branches of culture given by the Ministry of Culture and the artists' unions. Prizes are also awarded by banks, private foundations and individuals. The Ministry of Culture also grants the title of Honoured or Popular Artist of Ukraine to outstanding artists and cultural workers.

The Ministry of Culture holds an annual competition for the best script or story for documentary film. The winners receive an award amount of which is determined each year by the Ministry. In August 2012, the Cabinet of Ministers approved the Presidential Edict prepared by the Ministry of Culture on the basis of edicts of 1998 and 1999, On Assignment of Presidential grants to young film-makers and to the creation and realisation of socially significant artistic film projects.

Chapter published: 05-06-2015

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