Assistance Scheme for Handicrafts Artisans (ASHA)

Welcome to the world of Handicrafts Artisans! Handicrafts have been a tradition for centuries, passed down from generation to generation. They are not just a form of art but a symbol of our cultural heritage. To help preserve and promote this rich heritage, the Government of India has introduced the Assistance Scheme for Handicrafts Artisans (ASHA). In this blog post, we will explore the objective, benefits, eligibility criteria, and the application process of this scheme. So, if you are an artisan in the handicrafts sector, read on to know how this scheme can help you take your passion to the next level!

What is ASHA Scheme?

The Assistance Scheme for Handicrafts Artisans (ASHA) is a scheme introduced by the government to provide financial assistance to the artisans in the handicrafts sector. The scheme intends to help artisans in setting up their own enterprises and furthering the development of the handicrafts industry.


  • To provide financial assistance to artisans in the handicrafts sector
  • To support the development of the handicrafts industry
  • To encourage artisans to set up their own enterprises

Eligibility Criteria Of ASHA Scheme

  • The applicant must be a person who has been categorized as an artisan by the office of the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Govt. of India or SURABHI, KSBC, KADCO, HDCK, KELPALM
  • The applicant must have taken effective steps to set up an enterprise in the handicrafts sector


  • Financial assistance in the form of grant to the artisans
  • Assistance for the Fixed Capital Investment (construction of Work shed/ Workshop, cost of tools, equipment, machinery and accessories, electrification, Technology support/product/Design development)
  • For general category artisans, assistance is 40% of the Fixed Capital Investment limited to Rs 2.00 lakh
  • For young (18 to 45 years), women, SC/ST artisans, the assistance is 50% limited to Rs 3.00 lakh

Required Documents

  • Self-attested copy of the identity card of the applicant
  • Self-attested copy of the resolution towards applying for this assistance in case of the unit other than proprietary
  • Self-attested copy of Udyam Registration of the unit
  • Copy of Caste Certificate (Attested by Gazetted Officer) in case of SC/ST artisans
  • Self-attested copy of Project Report

How to Apply

  • Application can be submitted online or in person along with the supporting documents as mentioned above.
  • The sanctioning authority is the General Manager, District Industries Centre.

Guidelines and Application Form for the Assistance under ASHA – DOWNLOAD


The Assistance Scheme for Handicrafts Artisans (ASHA) is a great opportunity for artisans in the handicrafts sector to receive financial assistance and set up their own enterprises. The scheme provides various benefits to eligible artisans and the application process is simple and straightforward. By availing this scheme, artisans can take their first step towards furthering their careers and contributing to the growth of the handicrafts industry.

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