Grant Opportunities

India Open Grants Fund – Apply Now!

India Open Grants Fund – Apply Now!

Deadline: Ongoing Opportunity

Applications are now open for the India Open Grants Fund to meet their strategic aim to enable vulnerable communities living in priority geographical areas to improve their lives.

Many communities in India have inherent strengths which are often overlooked when modern development frameworks are used to view them. They have closely knit societies, progressive views and approaches to resource utilisation and sustainability, and are extremely conscious of their relationship with the environment. Their traditional knowledge has relevance to modern ways of living.

Overarching Criteria
The following important concerns apply to all the work they fund:

They will support work which is intended to improve the overall wellbeing of communities, groups and people. The works may be in one or more thematic areas, whether health, education, governance, livelihoods, empowerment, or any other which assists them to deal with the immediate causes of their vulnerability but begins to look at the longer term factors that need to be addressed to help them get out of it.
Works proposed by NGOs for funding should fit in well with the NGO’s own long-term perspective plan. The justification for taking up such work should be clear and it should reflect the concerns of the communities. Communities should have played a core role in developing the ideas with the NGO.
Priority Geographical Areas
Work with vulnerable communities under their Open Grants Fund will be supported only in priority geographical areas.
They support work in the following states:
Madhya Pradesh
West Bengal
In addition to these states they also support work in certain culturally identifiable regions in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan which are worse off than other parts in those states:
Mewar and Hadoti (southern and south-eastern Rajasthan)
Bundelkhand (Northern Madhya Pradesh and southern districts of Uttar Pradesh bordering Madhya Pradesh)
The Dangs (south-eastern Gujarat)
Telangana (northern Andhra Pradesh)
Vidharbha (eastern and northern Maharashtra
Eligibility Criteria
Organisations supported within the India programme have to be local Indian NGOs with Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) registration.
They do not support non-Indian organisations or locally registered branches of non-Indian organisations. They do not support organisations without FCRA registration (please note that they do not work on prior permission).
They will not support:

Individuals or proposals for the benefit of one individual
Retrospective funding for work that has already started
General circulars/appeals
Proposals that solely concentrate on the purchasing of property, equipment or other capital items
Overseas activities, including travel, expeditions, adventure and residential courses
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