To celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, Government of India has constituted a National Committee under the Chairmanship of the Prime Minister and a National Implementation Committee under the Finance Minister, to plan and take up commemorative programmes and projects at the national and international level. The National Committee has also advised the Ministry of Culture to support initiatives by different organizations to conduct appropriate commemorative programmes. The National Implementation Committee, thereafter, decided that the Ministry of Culture may launch a scheme and accordingly, the Ministry of Culture now launches the ‘Scheme of Financial Assistance for Cultural Programmes by Not-for-Profit Organizations to Commemorate 150 Years of Rabindranath Tagore’, known in short as the ‘Tagore Commemoration Grant Scheme’ (TCGS). The Scheme will assist and support the programmes related to appropriate and befitting commemoration of the multifaceted genius of Rabindranath Tagore and his enduring contributions. These may be through lectures, seminars, workshops, symposia, cultural shows, literary festivals, exhibitions, small documentary films and audio-video presentations, etc.
All eligible Not-for-Profit Organizations working for the promotion of art and culture and Universities (including University’s Centres and Institutions, but not University Departments, schools or colleges) are eligible to apply for this Grant. Central Government assistance is limited to 75% of the estimated cost of a proposal/programme, with a ceiling of Rs. 5 lakhs. The Scheme shall remain open till May 2012.
Applications can be sent to the Conveners of the 8 Zonal Tagore Commemoration Committees, with offices at Kolkata, Guwahati, Allahabad, Delhi, Chandigarh, Udaipur, Mumbai and Chennai. Experts will evaluate the proposals and their decision will be final.
All the details related to the Scheme as well as the Application Forms are available on the Website of the Ministry of Culture www.indiaculture.nic.in