Financial Assistance for Capacity Building and Training of Museum Professionals


Ministry Of Culture


This is a new Central scheme evolved to fulfil an urgent need for trained professionals at museums at various levels: national, state, regional and local, all across the country.

The scope of this scheme will be to support institutions who wish to depute their professionals for intensive capacity building, training programmes in order to upgrade their expertise/skills in the following and related fields, as identified in the 14-point Museum Reform Agenda, 2009 and in collaboration with national and internationally well-known museums and institutions:

  1. Collection management: documentation, preventive care and storage
  2. Museum/Exhibition design: display, lighting, interpretation and access
  3. Museum management, marketing and leadership training
  4. Museum education and outreach
  5. Preservation and conservation of museum collections/scientific study for better conservation of museum collections

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Central Government of India


To support institutions in deputing their professionals for intensive training


All museums under the Central and State Governments, museums registered as societies, voluntary institutions or trusts under the Societies Act or a similar, the legislation would be eligible for getting financial assistance under the scheme. Applicant institution should fulfil the following conditions:

  1. Should have been in existence after registration for at least 5 (five) years.
  2. Should have a well-defined constitution and laid down rules/bye-laws for its functioning.
  3. Should be in ownership and possession of substantial collection of objects (minimum 500 objects) of historical/cultural/scientific importance that is on public display at all times.

(The nature and number of objects possessed and displayed by the museum should be clearly indicated in the proposal).

Should be for public service and not-for-profit The applicant institutions should send a covering letter, forwarding the application describing their suitability for the training, in the light of the plans that the museum has developed for up gradation in their museums.

Candidates nominated should fulfil the following conditions

  1. The candidate should be an Indian national
  2. The candidate should have a basic qualification of graduation in any subject
  3. The candidate/s should have at least 5 years experience working in/for a museum and should produce relevant documents to support the same even in cases, where he/she, has not worked with the applicant institution for 5 years.

Individuals who do not work with a museum/institution and only undertake freelance work will not be supported through this grant.

In case of candidates from non-government museums registered as trusts/ societies as per eligibility criteria at a) above, the museum should acknowledge the support from the Ministry of this scheme in the following manner:

The Ministry of Culture logo and name should appear at a prominent place at the Museum’s entry and remain there for a period of 3 years from the date of release of grant to acknowledge its support.

The Ministry’s support should be acknowledged in the final report of the training prepared by the museum/candidate.

The international institution/museum being collaborated with should provide a letter acknowledging the contribution of the Ministry of Culture towards supporting the candidate.



The maximum amount of financial assistance which may be given under this scheme would be 80% of the total estimated cost of training programme subject to a maximum of Rs.30 lakh per museum in case of Central/State Government Museums. Financial assistance in respect of museums registered as Societies, Voluntary Institutions or Trusts under the Societies Act or a similar legislation would be 70% of the total estimated cost of training programme subject to a maximum of Rs.20 lakh per museum. The balance cost will have to be managed by the museum concerned.

  • Financial Grant for the purpose of capacity building and training of museum professionals will be given to a museum once in 3 years.The grant will cover expenses towards
  • Training fee to the host institution
  • Foreign and domestic travel for purposes of training
  • Subsistence costs (lodging and boarding) for the duration of training
  • Purchase of books or other intellectual material necessary for such training
  • Cost of purchase of stationery and teaching aids
  • Travel insurance for foreign travel (wherever mandated by foreign countries) costs for Visa fee and similar permits.

How To Apply

A Udyami Helpline: Dial 1800-180-6763 [Toll Free Number] for queries relating to this Schemes.

Contact to the Ministry of Culture





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