Union Ministry of Culture has announced a pilot ‘Scheme of Financial Assistance for Book Fairs, Book Exhibitions and participation in International Book Fairs and publishing Events etc’. Popularisation of Indian culture by promoting quality books is the major objective of this Scheme. Another purpose is to create a climate in which a vast number of people would buy and read books. The Scheme is meant for organizing Regional/ National Book Fairs, Exhibitions of rare publications/ manuscripts/ official documents etc. and Seminars, Conferences and other related events for promotion of books and reading habits. Participation in International Book Fairs will also be covered in this Scheme.
Under this Scheme Financial Assistance will be granted for organizing Regional/National Book Fairs, Exhibitions of rare publications/manuscripts/official documents etc., Seminars, Conferences and other related events for promotion of books and reading habits. Participation in International Book Fairs will also be covered in this Scheme. Not-for-Profit organizations, including Societies, Trusts, Universities, Publishers and Book Trade Associations are eligible to apply for grant. The Scheme is however, not meant for such organizations or institutions that are functioning as religious institutions, or as schools/colleges. Applications under the scheme can be made round the year.
The details of the Scheme and the application form are available on the website of the Ministry: www.indiaculture.gov.in.
Grant for specific projects shall be restricted to 75% of the expenditure, subject to a maximum of Rs.10 lakh per event. The Grant will be released in two installments of 75% (first installment) and 25% (second installment). All payments will be made only through electronic transfers.
Update: Covered by Tehelka.