Since 2009 the regulatory Law 58 (I) 2009 – Acknowledgment of Private Museums and of Museums of the Local Government Authorities (Procedure and Requirements) Law has been implemented. The ultimate objective of the Law is to improve the conditions and operation standards of private museums and museums belonging to local government authorities, and to upgrade the services they provide and the work they perform. The law specifies the requirements that need to be met in order for the museums belonging to the above categories to obtain state recognition if they so wish. The Law also offers suitable incentives to the Museums to pursue their recognition, since recognized museums would be eligible for a state grant under terms and conditions specified in a special financing tool (Scheme for the Provision of State Grant to Acknowledged Museums).
Houses of Letters and the Arts
The Cultural Services lease premises in Nicosia (Lefkosia), Limassol (Lemesos), Larnaka (Larnaca) and Pafos (Paphos), in order to house associations that serve the letters and the arts. The associations use the Houses of Letters and the Arts to hold assemblies, meetings, visual art exhibitions, literary events, film projections, theatre rehearsals, etc.
The Cultural Services continue to support the administration, operation and cultural activity of the Houses of Letters and the Arts, with the consistent aim of transforming them into important cultural outlets for urban centers in Cyprus.