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Scheme for Development of the Cultural Heritage of the Himalayas

Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India has a scheme for development of the cultural heritage of the Himalayas.


The objective of the scheme is to promote, protect and preserve the cultural heritage of the Himalayan region spreading in Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttrakhand, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh through research, documentation, dissemination, etc.


  • The voluntary organization should be registered as a society under the societies Registration Act 1860 or as a public trust under Indian Trust Act, 1882 and shall have been functioning for a period of three years.
  • The Colleges and Universities are also eligible to apply.
  • The organisation should have the capacity to undertake and promote research projects. It should have facilities, resources and personnel to implement the scheme for which the grant is required.
  • The Colleges and Universities should introduce in their curricula or research course aspects of studies relating to preservation of Himalayan art and culture, in case not already done.
  • A college applying for the grant should be affiliated to the University.
  • The grants will be ad-hoc and of non-recurring nature.
  • Grants from this scheme will be given only to those organizations which are not in receipt of grants from any other source for similar purposes.
  • Organizations which are doing good work in the field and having resources for meeting matching funds will be given preference.


The financial assistance is given for any of the items listed below up to a maximum of Rs.10.00 lakhs to any single organisation:

Sr. No. Items Maximum amount per annum
i. Study and research on cultural heritage Rs.10.00 lakhs
ii. Preservation of old manuscripts, literature, art & crafts and documentation of cultural activities/ events like music, dance, etc. Rs.10.00 lakhs
iii. Dissemination through audio-visual programmes of art and culture Rs.10.00 lakhs
iv. Training in Traditional and Folk Art Rs.10.00 lakhs


The maximum grant admissible to an organization would be 75% of the total expenditure to be incurred on any item subject to maximum ceiling fixed. The remaining 25% expenditure or more should be met by the State Govt./U.T.

Administration failing which the grantee organization could contribute the amount from their own resources. However, in the case of Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim, funding will be shared between the Government of India and the organization in the ratio of 90:10 respectively.

How to apply:

  • The organization shall submit complete application along with the following documents/information to judge the eligibility of the organization through the State Government, where the project is proposed to be implemented, to the Ministry of Culture.
  • The organisations, however, located in Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh & Leh and Kargil districts of Jammu & Kashmir are exempted to submit their applications direct to Ministry of Culture only with the recommendation of concerned District Collector/Dy Commissioner.
  • The Universities and Colleges shall forward their applications through the U.G.C to Ministry of Culture.

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