The National Development Strategy Supplement for 2004-2020 emphasises the need for establishing modern solutions to protect and promote Polish heritage. The National Heritage Board of Poland is an institution responsible for such actions (including the protection of twelve Polish cultural heritage objects placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List).
The main objectives of the Heritage Board are to gather and disseminate information on heritage, set standards for its protection and conservation, and aim to raise social awareness on the cultural heritage of Poland in order to save it for future generations in accordance with the strategy for sustainable development.
Other national institutes responsible for heritage preservation and protection are:
- The National Institute for Museums and Public Collections. Its mission is to create development and innovation in the field of managing museums and public collections in Poland. It will be implemented by researching and initiating legislative solutions, providing support to museum institutions in all areas of their activity, creating modern scientific, managerial and educational programmes, gathering and popularising knowledge, and building and updating an integrated information system on museology and collections.
- The State Archives. Its tasks are: shaping the state archival resources; recording, storing, developing, protecting and sharing archival materials belonging to the archival resource; conducting scientific and publishing works in the field of archival science and related fields; and popularising knowledge about archival materials and archives as well as conducting information activities.
Currently, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage runs subsidy programmes for:
- Memorial sites and permanent memorials in the country. The aim of the programme is to support local governments in providing stable care over the most important memorial sites, which are material testimony to events that are key to national identity.
- War graves and cemeteries in the country. The aim of the programme is to support the care of war graves and cemeteries in the territory of the Republic of Poland, constituting material evidence of key events in the history of Poland related to struggle and martyrdom, as well as to support scientific activities disseminating knowledge about these events
- Protection of archaeological monuments. The aim of the programme is to protect the archaeological heritage by supporting the key tasks for this area, including the identification and documentation of archaeological heritage resources as well as the preparation and publication of the results of archaeological research.
- Protection of cultural heritage abroad. The aim of the programme is to improve the state of preservation and strengthen the protection of cultural heritage located outside the territory of the Republic of Poland, and to disseminate knowledge about it.
- Supporting museum activities. The aim of the programme is to support activities in the field of conservation care of museums, archives and book collections, as well as the presentation of the collections in the form of cognitively attractive exhibition and publishing projects.
- Protection of monuments. The aim of the programme is to preserve the tangible cultural heritage, through the conservation and restoration of immovable and movable monuments, and making them available for public purposes.