1.1.4 Funding

The amendment of 1993 allows schools, among other things, to run autonomous budget management. Yet, all things considered, Austrian schools have relatively few funds of their own at their disposal. At present, reforms are under way to increase their financial autonomy (Federal Ministry for Education, the Arts and Culture [Bundesministerium für Unterricht, Kunst und Kultur] in cooperation with Federal Ministry for Science and Research, 2008).Concerning additional programmes of the Ministry to promote cultural mediation [Kulturvermittlung] in schools an amount of € 5.003.700 was reserved for 2007.In 2008, € 1.000.000 was dedicated to cultural education programmes focusing on the mediation of Austrian film [Filmvermittlung] (Bundesministerium für Unterricht, Kunst und Kultur 2008).From 2010, entrance for children and young people up to the age of 19 in Federal museums and the Austrian National Library is free. With this policy measure, the Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture also started an initiative to foster mediation programmes for young visitors. In 2010, this initiative was supported with € 600.000.