The cultural budget is an investment in the quality and future viability of our community. Ideally, it guarantees access to culture and makes social participation possible for all Upper Austrians. It is an expression of socio-political responsibility. In the long term, the cultural budget of Upper Austria has to grow to 5% of the expenditures of the province. At least 15% of the culture budget must be available as a “discretionary” budget for current cultural policy developments and projects.