The Polish Craft Association, which was established in 1933, provides training programmes on environmental standards to promote awareness of these standards amongst small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Together with 28 regional chambers, 478 guilds and 180 cooperatives it represent the interests of SMEs in view of government and regulatory bodies, public administration, courts and social-economic organisations. The association is very active in the vocational education, as its members offer a wide range of training opportunities (especially in handicraft and artistic professions).
Through the membership in the European Union of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEunited), the Polish Craft Association participates in the European social dialogue.
Currently, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage runs subsidy programmes for:
- National Collection of Contemporary Art of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage. The aim of the programme is to create and develop representative, international collections of contemporary art with the rank of national collections in order to strengthen the exhibition system and the field of visual arts in Poland.
- Visual arts. The aim of the programme is to support the most valuable phenomena in Polish contemporary art and to popularise the most interesting phenomena of Polish and world art in Poland.