Participate and contribute to the country's culture

Cultural patronage allows individuals or companies to support - through the granting of donations - public or private entities that carry out actions of obvious cultural interest. This patronage entitles the sponsor to a set of fiscal incentives, which are translated into tax reductions.

The personal satisfaction and prestige that result from an association with cultural activities of quality and relevant interest to society, and the corresponding tax incentives provided for in the Patronage Statute are important reasons for you to also become another SPONSOR of CULTURE.

To know more: Patronage - Incentives

Support Culture at no cost to you

Since 2017, all taxpayers can support the cultural sector by assigning 0.5% of their Personal Income Tax (IRS) to a cultural entity of their choice, without any personal cost. The State will return 0.5% of the Tax, which you would pay regarding the IRS, to an Entity of your choice.

The Tax and Customs Authority (ATA) publishes annually, on its electronic declarations page (up to the first day of the tax return submission deadline), the list of all entities that can benefit from the tax consignment.

The Gabinete de Estratégia, Planeamento e Avaliação Culturais(GEPAC) of the Ministry of Culture is responsible for transmitting to the ATA (until December 31st of the year concerning the collection to be assigned) the list of the new eligible entities.

Check the list available on the GEPAC website

To know more: Consignation of 0.5% of the IRS to Culture

Cultural sector RPI 


The right of residence through investment in the cultural sector implies the Transfer of capital equal to or greater than 250 thousand euros, to be applied in investments or in the support of artistic production, recovery or maintenance of the national cultural heritage, through services of the direct central and peripheral administration, public institutes, entities that integrate the public business sector, public foundations, private foundations with public utility status, intermunicipal entities, entities that integrate the local business sector, municipal associative entities and public cultural associations, that carry out tasks in the area of ​​artistic production, recovery or maintenance of the national cultural heritage "paragraph d) and section 2 of “alínea d)  of article 3. of Foreigners Law (Law No. 23/2007, of July 4th)".

The Gabinete de Estratégia, Planeamento e Avaliação Culturais must issue a statement proving the investment in the cultural sector.

Order No. 2360/2017, of March 20, approves the regulation regarding the issuance of the declaration attesting the effective transfer of capital for the purposes of residence permit for investment in the cultural sector, and establishes the rules applicable to the issuance of that declaration.

To know more: Residence Permit for Investiment

Related Documents

Participatory Budget Portugal (OPP)

The OPP is a deliberative, direct and universal democratic process, through which people present investment proposals and choose, through voting, which projects should be implemented in the different areas of governance.

The OPP covers the entire Portuguese territory, integrating groups of proposals with different territorial scopes: 1 national scope; 1 for each of the NUT II areas (North, Centre, Lisbon and Tagus Valley, Alentejo, Algarve); 1 for each Autonomous Region.

These groups of proposals do not compete with each other, with each having its own financial allocation. Each region of the country will always be assured of having winning OPP projects in its territory.

All national citizens aged 18 or over can participate in the OPP, submitting proposals and voting for the projects of their choice.

To know more: OPP



Volunteering and Groups of Friends of Museums

The promotion of a culture of social cohesion, capable of contributing to a better quality of life for all citizens and which reinforces the values ​​of citizenship, attributes to volunteering an essential value for a more active and solidary citizenship.

How to participate?

Direção Geral do Património Cultural
The DGPC promotes volunteering in Monuments, Museums and Palaces, providing volunteers with the benefits of cultural training and skills development, while it also allows the integration in institutional projects of reference, without prejudice to previous and ongoing experiences that reinforce the participation of volunteers in heritage spaces.
+ info: volunteering

Direção Geral do Livro, dos Arquivos e das Bibliotecas
The Portuguese Photography Centre promotes volunteering with the opening of the Archive to the community for the promotion and enhancement of the Photographic Heritage. This is done based on the promotion and consolidation of solid, qualified and socially recognized volunteering.
+ info: volunteering

Teatro Nacional D. Maria II
The TNDM II intends to bring closer, involve and encourage the participation of civil society in the development of public service within the scope of the theatrical activity, for which it is statutorily in charge.
+ info: volunteering 

Teatro Nacional de São João
The Teatro Nacional São João aims to encourage community participation in the development of theater activities, thus contributing to the persecussion of its Public Service Mission.
+ info: volunteering




The Groups of Friends are non-profit associations, made up of individuals or groups that decide to develop initiatives and activities to safeguard, study and dissemination in favor of a certain area of ​​knowledge.

How to be part?

Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal (BNP)
The Association of Friends of the National Library of Portugal (AABNP), intends to support BNP. Among its members there are citizens and institutions that seek to contribute to the conservation, enrichment and dissemination of the valuable documentary heritage in the custody of this Institution.
+ info: Group of Friends

Cinemateca Portuguesa – Museu do Cinema
The Group of Friends of the Cinemateca supports this cultural institution, contributing to its activities of safeguarding and dissemination of the cinematographic heritage.
+ info: Group of Friends


Direção-Geral do Património Cultural
Os Grupos de Amigos dos Museus dão um importante contributo para a dinamização de museus, monumentos e palácios. The Groups of Friends of Museums make an important contribution to boost up the museums, monuments and palaces.
+ info: Group of Friends

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