The legislative basis of the state grant support system, including in the field of culture, represents the Law on Grants (№ 483-IQ of April 17, 1998), which regulates economic and legal relations connected to the issue, receipt and use of grants. The law defines grants as assistance rendered to develop and implement humanitarian, social and ecological projects in education, health, culture, legal advice, information, publishing, sport, scientific research and design. Other programmes deemed essential for the state and public also may receive grants.
The grants are given only for a specific purpose (s). Religious organisations, non-governmental organisations, and branches and representative offices of foreign non-governmental organisations operating in the Republic of Azerbaijan may not receive assistance of financial resources and (or) another material forms without a grant agreement (decision). The exceptions are donations and assistance from public authorities provided in the laws of the Republic of Azerbaijan On Freedom of Religion and On Non-Governmental Organisations (Public Associations and Foundations).
Along with the legislative basis, several organisational documents are devoted to awards, scholarships for artists and cultural workers in the Republic of Azerbaijan. The Presidential Decree “On honorary titles of the Republic of Azerbaijan” (№ 706 of May 22, 1998) established the honorary titles of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the fields of culture, literature, science, education, health, physical education and sports, journalism, engineering, as well as the civil service, law, agriculture and civil aviation. The sphere of culture and literature includes such honorary titles as “People’s Writer”, “People’s Poet”, “People’s Actor”, “People’s Artist”, “Honoured Art Worker”, “Honoured Actor”, “Honoured Artist”, “Honoured Cultural Worker” and “Honoured Architect”. According to the “Regulations on Honorary Titles of the Republic of Azerbaijan” (№ 130 of May 14, 1999), honorary titles are awarded for special services in culture, literature, high professionalism, and active participation in public life. Individuals awarded the honorary title of the Republic of Azerbaijan enjoy the privileges established by the legislation.
Following the Presidential Decree On the establishment of a personal pension awarded by the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan (№ 715 of June 11, 2002) to evaluate the services of Azerbaijani literary and artistic personalities and improve their social status, they are awarded individual scholarships of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Five hundred personal pensions of AZN 1450 (one thousand four hundred and fifty) each are granted from the state budget.
The “Golden Book” of young talents of Azerbaijan and the “Young Talents’ Foundation” was established by the Presidential Decree On the State Care for Young Talents in Azerbaijan” (№ 464 of June 22, 1996). In this regard, the state established a special monthly pension of AZN 400 from the reserve fund of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan for each of the young talents whose names are written in the “Golden Book” until they reach 25 years of age.