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Scheme of Building Grants, Including Studio Theatres

Objective: 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 Projects:

  1. Conventional Cultural Spaces for Performing Arts
  2. Flexible Spaces, i.e., Studio Theatres, etc.: Non-proscenium rehearsal-cum-performance spaces, referred to as Studio Theatre or Experimental Theatre, that are characterized by the following special features
  3. A project proposal to create an auditorium, a studio theatre or other cultural space(s) may include an appropriate combination of any of the following components

Eligible Organizations:

The scheme covers:

  1. All not-for-profit organizations that fulfill the following criteria:-
  • 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.
  1. Government-sponsored bodies for promoting the performing arts.
  2. University Departments or Centres dedicated to the performing arts.
  3. Colleges set up to promote the performing arts.

Assistance:

  • Maximum assistance under the scheme will be as under:
Cities Type of Project Limit of Assistance
Bangalore Projects involving new construction or purchase of built up space Rs. 50 lakhs
Chennai
Delhi
Hyderabad All other projects Rs. 25 lakhs
Kolkata
Mumbai
All non-Metro cities, towns or places All projects Rs. 25 lakhs
  • Assistance under the scheme to an organization will be restricted to a maximum of 60% of the approved estimated project cost, subject to the ceilings given above.
  • The validity of sanction of financial assistance will be 3 years from the date of release of the 1st instalment and all projects must be completed within this 3-year period.

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