The objective of the Scheme is to support voluntary cultural organizations and government-aided cultural organizations in their efforts to create appropriately equipped training, rehearsal and performance spaces for artistes.


Eligible Organisations are:

  • The organization has a predominantly cultural profile, working primarily for the promotion of arts and culture in fields such as dance, drama, theatre, music, fine arts, indology and literature at least for a period of three years.
  • The organization is registered as a society under the Registration of Societies Act (XXI of 1860) or similar Acts, or as a Trust or as a Not-for-Profit Company, at least for a period of three years.
  • The organization is well established and known to be doing meaningful work in the field of its activity and has gained a local, regional or national identity.
  • Its charter is devoted to the preservation, propagation and promotion of Indian arts and culture.
  • An organization that has been receiving salary grant for the last 3 years under the Ministry’s Scheme of “Financial Assistance to Professional Groups and Individuals Engaged for Specified Performing Arts Projects” will be deemed to have fulfilled all the above conditions.
  • A Government-sponsored body, University Department/Centre or College dedicated to the performing arts may also be automatically eligible, provided its record over the preceding three years is satisfactory.
  • Religious institutions, public libraries, museums, schools, colleges or University Departments/Centres that are not specifically dedicated for the performing arts and allied cultural activities, departments or offices of the Central Government/ State Governments/ U.T. Administrations/ Local Bodies will not be eligible.
  • An organization that has availed of a grant for its building project grant under the erstwhile Scheme of Building Grants to Cultural Organizations or under this scheme will not be eligible for a second grant.
  • Government-sponsored bodies for promoting the performing arts.
  • University Departments or Centres dedicated to the performing arts.
  • Colleges set up to promote the performing arts.


  • All grants under the Scheme will be of a non-recurring nature. Recurring expenditure, if any, will be the responsibility of the grantee organization. Maximum assistance under the scheme will be as under:
    Bangalore Projects involving new construction or purchase of built up space Rs. 50 lakhs
    Hyderabad All other projects Rs. 25 lakhs
    All non-Metro cities, towns or places All projects Rs. 25 lakhs

    How to apply:

    • National School of Drama (NSD) under the Ministry of Culture will notify the Scheme annually through NSD’s/Ministry’s websites.
    • A brief advertisement to publicize the scheme will be brought out at least once a year by Ministry of Culture.
    • Applications in the prescribed proforma would have to be submitted to “The Director, National School of Drama, Bahawalpur House, Plot No.1, Bhagwandas Road, New Delhi – 110 001.
    • Applications received without any of these mandatory documents will not be taken up for consideration and returned to the sender.

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