The National Culture Fund (NCF) was established in 1996 as a funding mechanism distinct from the existing sources and patterns of funding for the arts and culture in India. It enables institutions and individuals to support arts and culture directly as partners with the government. Donations to the National Culture Fund are eligible for 100% tax benefit under Section 80G (ii) of the Income Tax Act, 1961.
Some of the key projects implemented through NCF in the last four years are:
1. Reviving Crafts Heritage and Providing Sustainable Livelihoods to the Artisans
Partners: Rural Electrification Foundation, NCF, Sewa Foundation, Gujarat
The project's aim was to train women artisans in traditional arts and crafts and provide sustainable livelihood, restore the crafts centre 'Design Sewa' which is a heritage building and promote greater awareness, acceptance and demand for local arts and crafts.
2. In 2016, NCF supported the conference titled 'Smart Cities, Art Cities', organized by Federation of Indian Chambers for Commerce and Industry to explore the role of arts and cultural industry in sustainable development.
3. In 2016-17, NCF supported restoration of monuments, development of tourist infrastructure and up-gradation of museum facilities at more than 25 historic sites across the country.