India has many strands to its cultural heritage, which require to survive, grow and evolve as living cultures.
Factors such as the pace of socio-economic and environmental changes and the advent of new technologies are posing unprecedented threats to the continuity of these cultural heritages. Increasing awareness of these threats have brought about demands from communities not only to preserve and renew their languages, traditions and culture, but also to reinvigorate their cultural identity and creativity.
In view of the increasing concern of the community to preserve and promote our heritage and to enable them to participate and contribute to its promotion, it was considered necessary to set up an organization which would facilitate and support institutions and individuals in this endeavour.
The National Culture Fund (NCF) was established as a funding mechanism distinct from the existing sources and patterns of funding for the arts and culture in India. It will enable institutions and individuals to support arts and culture directly as partners with its government.
The National Culture Fund (NCF) was created as a Trust in November 1996.
The Govt. of India vide their orders in Aug.-Sep.98 notified that the donations to the national Culture Fund will be eligible for tax benefit under section 10 (23C) (iv) and 80 G(2) of the Income Tax Act.
The NCF is managed and administered by a council to decide the policies and an Executive Committee – to actualize those policies. The Council is chaired by the Union Minister of Tourism & Culture and has a maximum strength of 24 including both the Chairman and Member Secretary, A team of 19 members represent various fields including corporate sector, private foundations and not-for-profit voluntary organizations. The purpose for this structure is to increase non-government representation in the decision making process
The NCF endeavours to:
Preserve and promote our precious tangible and Intangible heritage in partnership with the community.
NCF invites you to participate in the promotion and preservation of India’s culture.
Financial contributions and donations to the NCF are 100% tax deductible.
The NCF can facilitate donor specified projects, pertaining to archaeological monuments, sculptures, any performing art, manuscripts, paintings, crafts, etc.
Foreign donations can be received as the clearance under Foreign Contributions Regulations Act has been obtained.
Commitment to building partnerships between the public and private sectors.
The NCF is autonomous and will have professional management.