The whole system of public support to cultural institutions and events together with a variety of incentives for private sector support have an enormous role providing indirect support to creativity. While there are a few support schemes for individual artists such as awards which are funded by public authorities, direct support for creative artists is nevertheless quite limited.
Since 2004, under the commission of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the National Centre for Culture (see also chapter 1.3.3) manages scholarship programmes. The Young Poland (Młoda Polska) programme is addressed to young Polish artists (under 35 years old) who have already achieved success in their fields of art (music, film, photography, visual arts, theatre, dance, literature, artistic criticism). The programme supports yearly ca. 70 artists with scholarships of a maximum of 40 000 PLN per year. The scholarships can be assigned for realisation of their own artistic project, purchase of instruments and equipment as well as studying and residencies abroad.
The National Centre for Culture also manages a scholarship programme for foreign artists. Gaude Polonia allocates scholarships for young creators (under 40 years old) and Polish literature translators from Central and Eastern Europe, especially Ukraine and Belarus. The 6 month residencies enable the scholarship holders to become acquainted with contemporary Polish culture and to perfect their creative workshop under the supervision of acknowledged creators.
Poland still lacks an overall system of social support for artists and creators, who deal with many obstacles and disadvantages in comparison with other groups of employees. The year 2012 was the first in decades when artists and creators begun to speak in a loud voice about their difficult situation.