This has been an important part of the Bank’s social activities for over 30 years now. The pandemic has not changed anything in this approach. The 2020 budget of the Bank and the Bank Millennium Foundation remained at its standard level. Being aware that the months marked by COVID-19 were extremely challenging for cultural institutions, cinemas and theaters, the Bank decided not to reduce its aid in this field. The activity in the area of culture was customarily based on the following assumptions:
- cooperation in long-term programs with clearly defined goals is preferred,
- supported programs should have a broad public audience and be available through the media too,
- major partners in pursuing cultural programs should be first of all cultural institutions, non-governmental institutions and the media.