The number of cultural associations has increased considerably in recent years. One of the first reasons was the legislation introduced in 2001 which provided greater tax benefits than before (see also chapter 4.2.1). According to data from the Government Office for Associations (February 2001) there were a total of 18 981 associations; 2 174 of these were in the cultural field. Ten years later, this number has more than doubled: in October 2011 the total number of associations was 44 463, while the number of cultural associations was 6 552. In November 2012, the increase in the number of associations still continued: there are 47 438 associations in the online registry, with 7 144 cultural associations listed, while in October 2014 the number of cultural associations was 7 965 out of 51 927 associations in total – Web Database Registry: http://18.104.22.168/RegistarUdruga/.
The foundation ‘Kultura nova’ was established by The Law on Foundation ‘Kultura nova’ in 2011, with the purpose of the promotion and development of civil society in the Republic of Croatia in the fields of contemporary arts and culture. The foundation is in full operation since December 2012. Since then the Foundation has supported a number of organizations and programmes through programme areas dedicated to the support for organizations, conception and preparation of new projects, development of cooperation platforms in the Republic of Croatia and development of cooperation platforms in Southeastern Europe.