There are cultural administration bodies located at the voivodeship (regional), poviat (district) and municipal levels.
Each level of local government has a statutory obligation to undertake activities in the area of culture and the protection and care of monuments. The most important element of this obligation is the financing of local government cultural institutions and defining their own cultural policy.
The catalog of initiatives implemented by local governments is wide, including:
- International cooperation in the field of culture;
- Carrying out tasks and projects supporting cultural phenomena, supporting creativity and cultural potentials, and promoting the culture and national heritage sector;
- Coordinating and organising cultural exchange in cooperation with domestic and foreign regions;
- Supporting tasks carried out by institutions and organisations of the cultural sector and entities acting for the protection of monuments;
- Organising various events, competitions (including grant and prize competitions) and projects.
The most common forms of financing culture by local government units include: subsidies; grants; material or financial assistance; granting patronage; organisation of competitions; public procurement; civic budgets; village council funds; and district funds.