09/06/2006 The National Cultural Fund mechanism under debate
  During the first funding cycle launched by the Administration of the National Cultural Fund (AFCN) - the institution established in 2005 which took over from the Ministry of Culture and Religious Affairs the task of distributing the project grants at national level -, a series of difficulties and incoherences in the functioning of this new financing system in Romania were encountered by the 300 cultural operators that responded to this first call for projects and subsequently the 90 granted.

In order to bring to debate all the problems and identify ways of improving the mechanism before the next call for projects, and as a result of the initiative of the ECUMEST Association (Bucharest) and of AltArt Foundation (Cluj-Napoca), on June 13 the Ministry of Culture and Religious Affairs in collaboration with AFCN will organise a debate open to all cultural operators interested in this issue.

As a background to the discussion, ECUMEST and AltArt prepared a detailed document synthetising all comments and suggestions made by cultural operators in relation to: the grantmaking strategy; the application procedure; the evaluation procedure (the setup of the evaluation committees and criteria for assessment); the contract making and financial reporting procedures; the evaluation of the projects' impact; and the functioning of the new institution.

For more details contact ecumest@ecumest.ro. The paper is available in Romanian. More details on the previous debates initiated by ECUMEST regarding the funding system in Romania are available in the ARCult > analysis and debate section.
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