What is Museum Grant Scheme?

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Recently, the Minister of Culture informed Lok sabha about Museum Grant Scheme (MGS).

About Museum Grant Scheme:

  • This scheme was launched in 2013.
  • The Ministry of Culture provides financial assistance under the Scheme to the State Governments and Societies, Autonomous bodies, Local Bodies and Trusts registered under the Societies Act 1860, for setting up new Museums.
  • Aim: To strengthen and modernize the existing museums at the Regional, State and District levels.
  • The scheme also aims to develop at least 1 Central / State Government Museum located in the State Capital each year.

What are the components?

  • Establishment and Development of District and Regional Museums:
  • Under this component museums have been classified into two categories:
    • Category-I: Government-owned State-level Museums and renowned Museums with an exquisite collection.
    • Category II: all other Museums.
  • Development of Museums in State Capitals:
    • Financial assistance under this component is provided to existing renowned museums of the Central or State Government located in the Capital cities.
    • The maximum financial assistance under this component is limited to Rs. 15 Crore per museum.
  • Establishment and Development of Large-Scale Museums in Public-Private Partnership Mode:
  • Under this component, it is proposed to establish large-scale museums as joint ventures with State Governments and civil society in Public Private Partnership Mode.
  • The maximum financial assistance provided under this component is 40% of the project cost subject to a maximum of Rs. 20 Crore per museum.


Q1) What is a museum?

A museum is a not-for-profit, permanent institution in the service of society that researches, collects, conserves, interprets and exhibits tangible and intangible heritage.

Source: Ministry of Culture provides financial assistance for the digitization of museum collections under the Digitization of Museum component of the Museum Grant Scheme (MGS): Shri G. Kishan Reddy