We support work across three main focus areas--Vulnerable Groups, Governance and Nutrition. We have identified certain themes under each focus area and pursue different approaches (roles) to grant making across these focus areas and themes.
We make grants to partners whose work, we believe, adds intrinsic value to vulnerable individuals, communities or groups. In terms of our role, we are funders of what we call Value in itself grants.
We also offer our expertise to build on grant partners’ inherent strengths so they are able to scale their work with vulnerable groups and reach out significantly more people. In this Scale-up approach of grant making, we play the role of Enabler.
We also take on the role of Orchestrator, when we focus on system change and long-term impact. In this case, we develop our strategy for an identified theme within a focus area. Then we support Special Initiatives that will synergistically bring together a number of partners and the government to achieve a particular change within a given sector.
Through our Vulnerable Groups focus area, our approach has been primarily as a funder and enabler. Through our Governance and Nutrition focus areas, we play the role of orchestrator, where we aim to bring about far reaching reform within the sectors concerned. Here too, we have our own strategy for each theme. And we support partners who share our goals.
Accion Fraterna is training 3,000 master farmers in Anantapuramu district of AP in natural farming, demonstrates drought mitigation strategies in three agro-climatic clusters and builds self-reliant farmers' institutions.
ACWADAM is active across India piloting projects in aquifer-based groundwater management, documenting and sharing knowledge, in order to inform policy as well as bring about greater participation from community stakeholders.
AKRSP is shoring up the economic independence of 15,000 Adivasi farmer households in five districts of Madhya Pradesh, setting up women’s self-help groups, boosting community-based institutions, and promoting sustainable agriculture through water and land resource development.
Akshaya is building a shelter for 430 homeless, dying and destitute people rescued in Madurai, Tamil Nadu. The shelters provide food, clothing, medical/psychiatric care, skill development and try to bring about family reunification.
ANANDI organises poor Adivasi women in Panchmahal, Dahod, Bhavnagar and Morbi districts of Gujarat into women Sangathans. ANANDI helps the Sangathans to demand their rights, services and livelihood opportunities, and trains women leaders to participate in Panchayati Raj Institutions and other decision-making bodies.
Here, Anandi mobilises youth, women and marginalised communities in Gujarat’s Dahod district, build capacity, enhance women’s leadership and representation. The focus is also on strengthening governance systems within Panchayati Raj Institutions and implementation of the relevant Act.
CEHAT works to build capacity within the rural and urban public sector health system to adequately respond and prevent domestic violence, and also offers psycho-social support to 2,700 survivors of domestic violence. In Mumbai – 3 municipal hospitals; 9 states – one-stop crisis centres – Delhi, Goa, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Odisha, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh; Rural – Gujarat.
Arpan conducts personal safety education workshops and arms adolescent boys and girls with tools to address and prevent child sexual abuse--across public and private schools in Mumbai. The NGO also provides psychotherapeutic services for rescued minor girls in institutions.
Ashoka Innovators aims to catalyse change across India by electing six leading social changemakers as Ashoka Fellows, strengthening their knowledge and skills, so they, in turn, create more changemakers through workshops, fellowships and strategic partnerships.
AALI ensures that 900 survivors of violence, especially Dalit and Muslim women, get justice, social and legal support. Also does advocacy with the State Women, SC/ST and Human Rights Commission for implementation of the relevant Act.
ADF’s goal is to strengthen good governance (transparency and accountability) in the functioning of elected representatives and political parties, by recruiting trained data analysts/researchers to collate and disseminate the database at state centres of the National Election Watch. Active across India, especially in the 18 states where Assembly, Urban Local Body and Panchayat elections are due.
ARUN provides safe shelter, education, nutrition, healthcare, a sensitised community environment as well as vocational training for 625 street children in seven Homes, co-located in Government schools in Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Patna.
Astha is enabling Adivasi, Dalit and single women, from 56,035 households in Rajasthan’s Dungarpur district, to participate in gram panchayat and gram sabha schemes for village development, service delivery, budget-tracking, accountability and auditing. The NGO will also manage two partners (SRUTI and PEACE).
Bhumika provides support to 3,000 survivors of domestic violence and their families in AP, through counselling, legal guidance and referral to services. It works to make communities more aware and sensitises the authorities so they are more responsive to such issues.
CFAR is changing the lives and living conditions of 22,000 urban poor and marginalised women and their households by training women committees to file Right to Information (RTI), conduct social audits and public hearings to hold the bureaucracy accountable. So they get better access to rations, Public Distribution System, water and electricity under the Mission Convergence Framework. In Pune, Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar and Ajmer.
CCD is scaling up work with 60 cooperatives covering 3,222 farmers in Anantapur district, AP, giving them management and technical training, supply inputs, exploring new markets, crop assessment surveys, providing storage facilities for “pool and sell”, and enhancing their savings and working capital.
CES works in Delhi, Telangana (Hyderabad), Bihar (Patna) and Rajasthan (Jaipur) providing medical/convalescence support, nutrition and counselling through eight recovery shelters catering to 3,200 homeless men and women. The NGO is also helping 15,000 homeless persons access citizenship rights, social security and bank accounts.
Centre for Sustainable Agriculture is building up a cadre of 5,000 master farmers in natural farming, develop standards for farmer certification and create innovation hubs of best farming practices. The aim is also to improve market access and prices for farmer institutions--across Kadapa, Anantapuramu and Vizianagaram districts of AP.
CIF and outreach partners at 20 railway stations across India, provides 24x7 care and protection for runaway children. This is through child help desks, open shelters, de-addiction support, counselling, referral to long-term care homes and reunification with families. The focus is also to enhance resource mobilisation and organisational development.
WGWLO is helping 5,000 women farmers in 12 districts of Gujarat generate more income, become aware of land rights, training them as leaders to service Land Legal Literacy Centres, linking their organisations to Government structures for land ownership and promoting digital literacy so they take up sustainable agriculture.
CORO is building community leadership, shoring up women groups, and offering crisis intervention--in order to empower 8,000 households in five rural districts and two wards of Mumbai, Maharashtra, to break the culture of silence surrounding domestic violence.
CREA runs sports-based camps titled It’s My Body (IMB) to impart life skills to young girls across Bihar (Muzaffarpur, Patna), Jharkhand (Hazaribagh, Ranchi, West Singhbhum) and Uttar Pradesh (Bareilly, Sakar, Varanasi). Participants take pride in their bodies, get insights into sexuality and reproductive health, and learn to chart a new course for themselves.
DSC will enhance the livelihoods and incomes of 4,500 Adivasi farm households in Gujarat’s Aravalli district. There will be cropping practices for better soil health, improved agricultural productivity, enterprise development and strengthening of farmer producer organisations.
EFRAH empowers 1,460 poor Muslim adolescent girls in Batla House and Shaheen Bagh in Delhi through skill development, motivating them to complete higher secondary education, take up vocational training/placement and join peer groups to address gender violence and child marriage. Also enlists community/parent support to safeguard the girls’ rights and organise health camps.
EnAble India is building a virtual platform or website to impart economic independence, training modules and organisational development for persons with disabilities, their families and prospective employers. It will also serve as a platform for other NGOs.
FES energises and enables women, youth, marginalised and vulnerable communities, strengthen community participation and boost women’s leadership--across Odisha, Rajasthan and Karnataka. The aim is to create more inclusive and representative Panchayati Raj Institutions, village development and habitation-level village institutions.
GVS aims to sensitise the community and change negative attitudes towards education and delay age of marriage among 5,000 adolescent girls through girls groups led by trained peer educators, life and livelihood skills and by collaborating with the Government to ensure the basic health, nutrition and education services, in Ghazipur district, Ratnapur block of Uttar Pradesh.
Guria works in UP’s Varanasi and Maui districts to provide educational support to 270 adolescent girls, witness protection to 90 survivors of trafficking and rape and, vocational training for 75 girls hailing from red light areas. There will also be counselling, training, legal aid and relocation to safe houses.
Humana India helps 15,000 homeless people in East and Northeast Delhi, by providing better shelters, improving existing ones, and enabling access to entitlements and social welfare schemes so they can rejoin society. It is piloting a model Homeless Resource and Service Centre that can be replicated in cities with a large homeless population.
IPSMF promotes excellence in independent and public-spirited media by funding media organisations and activities (campaigns), across India that further this objective.
Iswar Sankalpa is helping 150 urban homeless women in Kolkata with psychosocial disabilities to be functional members of society, through care and rehabilitation, skills for productive living, and by facilitating community care as well as family-reunification.
JRCT engages with 2,850 adolescent girls and 1,225 adolescent boys across 70 villages in Chamba and Kangra districts of Himachal Pradesh to address all forms of discrimination against girls, and to increase girls’ participation in sports and in decision-making that concerns their health, education and mobility.
Jan Sahas Social Development Society prevents violence and discrimination against 15,000 vulnerable young girls-- from the manual scavenging community, and survivors of rape/sexual assault--by organising Balika Panchayats, creating safe spaces and providing counselling, legal and medical support. In Madhya Pradesh (Dewas, Khargone, Nimach, Panna, Ratlam, Sehore, Tikamgarh, Ujjain, Vidisha districts), Rajasthan (Bharatpur, Chittorgarh, Pratapgarh districts), Uttar Pradesh (Jhansi, Lalitpur, Urai districts).
Jattu Trust is to set up a cadre of 3,500 master farmers in AP’s Vizianagaram district and develop strong farmer’s institutions to facilitate sustainable livelihoods. There also will be campaigns and communication material on natural farming.
Justice and Care aims to tackle juvenile crime and organised trafficking in adolescent boys and girls across India, through better casework and investigations, bringing in systemic change and improving the capacity of the criminal justice system and working with the media.
KHPT ensures that adolescent girls from single-mother, Adivasi and below poverty line (BPL) households stay in school, by creating safe spaces, organising balika panchayats, and training the girls’ families to become peer role models and change social norms. In 40 villages of Koppal district in Karnataka.
Koshish works to prevent 8,000 homeless/abandoned/destituteness in Bihar (Patna and 14 districts) and Delhi, from being charged as criminals under the Prevention of Begging Act, 1959, gets inmates released from Beggars’ Homes, and get them resettled in the community.
Kovel Foundation is to train 6,800 master farmers, integrate natural farming with tribal livelihoods, engage tribals specialising in forest produce and build farmers’ institutions for marketing. The plan is also to develop business plans that support market linkages. Across 5 districts of Andra Pradesh - Visakhapatnam, Chittoor, East Godavari, West Godavari, Kurnool.
Latika Roy Memorial Foundation is based in Uttarakhand (Dehradun) provides special education, training in daily living activities to boost functional independence in persons with disabilities and empowers their families through counselling and information services--to aid their integration into society.
Living Farms gives 300,000 tribal households (including 78,000 children) in three blocks of Kalahandi district and five blocks of Rayagada in Odisha, access to balanced nutrition plans, and locally sourced grains/diets. So these families practice diversified farming and become capable of leading more enriched, better-nourished lives.
LSST strengthens Village Health, Nutrition and Sanitation Committees, provides women from marginalised communities access and awareness of health and nutrition entitlements through SEWA Shakti Kendra (SSKs) where groups of Aagewaans facilitate dialogues with local health care functionaries.
Majlis, with the help of lawyers and social activists, provides socio-legal support to 1,000 survivors of domestic violence in Mumbai and ensure they become aware of every aspect of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005
MAD provides mental, emotional, psychological support, mentorship, counselling and guidance at critical life stages, for 4,200 children living in 80 shelter homes across 23 cities, so they become productive and useful members of society.
Mamta-Health Institute for Mother and Child makes young girls and boys aware of their adolescent reproductive and sexual health (ARSH), and nutrition needs through peer networks, by providing frontline health workers mobile phones, creating safe spaces for ARSH training and sensitising both parents and the community. In Allahabad, Banda and Varanasi districts of Uttar Pradesh.
NFI bolsters urban governance through community-based water and sanitation management in 12 low-income peri-urban communities. NFI experts help mohalla committees construct, own and maintain water, sanitation and waste disposal facilities, through funds from the municipality. In Chhattisgarh (Bilaspur, Korba), Jharkhand (Giridih, Kodarma/Bokaro), Odisha (Banki, Berhampur, Bhubaneswar, Chowder, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Nimapara, Paradip).
NLU Advocate reforms, strengthen legal aid capacity and provide high-quality legal representation to 1,500 undertrials in Nagpur and Pune (Maharashtra) through the Legal Aid system. The NGO will train and provide fellowships for legal aid lawyers and also do advocacy at the Judiciary and Bar Council level.
NCDHR keeps tabs on atrocities against Dalits, demands timely, fair trials enables survivor assistance. It aids Dalit women to access justice using a web-based ICT tool--Atrocity Tracking and Monitoring (ATM) system. It has also set up Legal Resource Centres in Bihar, Haryana, Punjab, Odisha, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu.
Parivarttan is bettering the lives of 5,000 Adivasi women and men farmers in the rainfed Malkangiri district of Odisha, by promoting community seed banks, community management of resources, and collaborating with community institutions and the Government to train Adivasis as entrepreneurs in fish rearing and millet processing.
PHIA enables women, minorities, SC/STs, OBCs in three districts of Jharkhand, to access their rights and entitlements, strengthen their participation in Gram Panchayats, Gram Sabhas, Gaon Sabhas and village development.
PUKAR is enabling a 30,000-strong Adivasi and rural population in Palghar district, Maharashtra, to access E-governance schemes and services meant to improve their quality of life. And train 60-80 Adivasi youth with Internet tools and skills so they become E-Sewaks and disseminate information within their communities.
PANI collaborates with the Government departments of Health, Education and ICDS (Integrated Child Development Services), in order to make 4,200 adolescent girls from the most backward Dalit families of Tarun Block in Faizabad district of UP, aware of their rights, entitlements and benefits.
PRADAN is increasing the incomes of 33,000 women farmers by 60% in three years through farm and non-farm livelihoods. There will be the development of women’s Self Help Groups, better participation in Gram Sabha meetings and village development, and linkages to banks and employment guarantee schemes.
Prayas provides legal aid and livelihood options for 2,600 male undertrials so they do not become hardened criminals. Also sets up support services, recreation and care for 1,920 female prisoners and their children--across prisons in Maharashtra (Mumbai, Thane) and Gujarat (Bharuch).
PRAN is enhancing the food security of 2,500 small and marginal women farmers of Nawada district, Bihar by promoting crop diversity through System of Rice Intensification (SRI) method, organising women farmers’ groups to adopt and share this, encouraging sharecropping, kitchen gardening and, making it viable for the landless to rear small ruminants.
PHRS will set up community-based crèches to care for children aged six months to three years, in the most vulnerable, malnutrition-prone Adivasi districts of Rayagada, Koraput, Kandhamal, Kalahandi and Bolangir in Odisha. The state government is to mainstream these model crèches within ICDS Anganwadis.
Railway Children India and Station-level providers at 20 railway stations across India cater to runaway children. The aim is standardised care and protection through open shelters, 24X7 outreach, de-addiction support, child help desks and reunification of children with families. The focus is also on building a financially sustainable organisation with staff capable of scaling up the work.
RNBA is boosting the incomes and well-being of 2,300 small tribal farmers in Manipur (hill districts of Chandel and Tamenglong), a valley district of East Imphal – 15 tribal villages and five Meitei villages), through market linkages, ensuring land rights, crop diversity and integrated farming systems--System Rice Intensification (SRI) method and Khaichum traditional fish rearing in paddy fields, so as to boost yields as well.
RWUS is empowering women elected representatives in PRIs and Autonomous District Councils (ADCs), involving women in village development and ensuring their access to rights and services--through women’s Sangathans, participation in decision-making bodies and consultation with Government authorities.
RySS boosts income and yields of 500,000 farm households across AP by cutting risks and cultivation costs through climate-resilient zero budget natural farming (CRZBNF). Farmers to turn into community resource persons, actively take up marketing, water and infrastructure management. A Technical Support Unit will be embedded within RySS to extend CRZBNF within and outside the state.
Salaam Baalak Trust runs four full-time residential homes, two open centres and three contact points for 600 street and working children in Delhi and the National Capital Region, where the focus is on care, protection and on discovering the hidden talents of the children. The trust also collaborates with civil society organisations and the Government.
SPS is helping 10,000 small and marginal Adivasi farmers in Dewas and Khargone districts of Madhya Pradesh by aiding them in watershed treatment, livestock management, sustainable agriculture and, by promoting farmer producer organisations for market linkages as also women’s self-help groups for financial inclusion.
SUK ensures timely linkages to Government schemes, provides support, early intervention services, home-based education, skill development and employment for 500 disabled children in the Sunderbans, West Bengal--Baruipur, Namkhana, Mousuni Islands and Mathurapur.
SFD selects and supports 50 grassroots governance Fellows across India to work with local elected representatives and mobilise communities to access their rights and entitlements through training in using the Right to Information (RTI) Act, social audits, digital platforms, resource centres as well as, peer-to-peer learning and mentoring.
Sense International India works for the deaf-blind by bolstering the capacity of nine partner organisations, running five early screening and referral centres at eminent hospitals and training special educators under the Sarva Siksha Abhiyaan. In Andhra Pradesh (Kakinada, Rayalseema districts); Karnataka (Bengaluru); Kerala (Kottayam, Wayanad); Tamil Nadu (Chennai, Kanyakumari, Trichy); Telangana (Khammam).
SeSTA is aiming to increase the incomes of 5,000 tribal women farmers in Bongaigaon and Goalpara districts of Assam, by Rs 25,000-Rs 30,000 a year and boost food security to 8-12 months-- through livelihood and village development, upping Agri productivity, strengthening farmer producer organisations, enhancing collective bargaining power and market linkages.
Shaheen protects Dalit and Muslim girls in the most communally sensitive areas of Hyderabad (Old city, Sultan Shah), against early marriage, pregnancy, divorce, polygamy and desertion, through resource centres that teach them life and livelihood skills.
Shishu Sarothi Centre for Rehabilitation & Training for Multiple Disability is aiding 420 children with disabilities to get ready for school, and providing life/livelihood skills to 160 students in Assam (Guwahati). It is also working with schools, teachers, and the industry so that these children become functional members of society.
SNEHA provides psychosocial and mental health support, crisis intervention services, legal aid, referrals for medical and home visits to 1,500 survivors of domestic violence in Dharavi, Govandi, Worli and Santa Cruz in Mumbai. Also raises awareness within the community.
SATHI works with railway authorities to reunite children-- who arrive at the Kanpur-UP, Patna-Bihar, Sealdah-West Bengal railway stations--with their families. It has three open shelters for railway children, offers psychological support for children in Government Homes and runs de-addiction and home orientation camps.
SPAN creates youth groups and child protection committees to prevent distress migration and to safeguard the rights of 500 adolescent girls from the tea gardens of Jalpaiguri district, West Bengal.
SSK supports Centre for Special Education, a day school in Bengaluru for 300 children and young adults with disabilities. The school has a strong volunteer base as also, a good teacher-student ratio.
SPREAD aims to deliver better nutrition to 3.5 lakh Adivasi households, benefiting 2 lakh children in Anganwadis, through social audits and a more responsive Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) system. Across 24 blocks and 240 Gram Panchayats of Bolangir, Kalahandi, Koraput, Malkangiri, Nabarangpur and Nuapada districts of Odisha.
SPYM works to rescue, reform, rehabilitate and reintegrate at least 6,000 children in Delhi and NCR through de-addiction and halfway homes for children engaged in substance abuse. It has separate shelters for boys and girls.
SRIJAN works with small and marginal farmers among the rural poor in order to overcome their vulnerability. By building community institutions, raising annual incomes by Rs 50,000 and creating sustainable replicable livelihoods cluster models. Based in Gaya, Bihar.
SRUTI facilitates the building of youth leadership through rigorous training programmes and modules that look at needs-assessments, socio-cultural and economic perspectives in Madhya Pradesh.
SRUTI supports six Fellows working with Panchayati Raj Institutions and sangathans to boost Gram Panchayat and Gram Sabhas. Its models seek to energise the community to realise their rights and entitlements. They work to strengthen Panchayati Raj Institutions in select districts of Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand.
SUPPORT offers long-term rehabilitation--education, detoxification programmes, residential, nutritional, medical and psychiatric care--to 150 street children in Mumbai who have been substance abusers. It gives them the opportunity to grow into healthy adults.
Swayam aims to reduce gender-based domestic violence by mobilising boys and men. It conducts public awareness campaigns and trains boys and men to respond and prevent domestic violence, in Kolkata and 24 Parganas, West Bengal.
Swayam Shiksan Prayog empowers 8,000 women farmers in Maharashtra through resilient farming systems. It strengthens and mainstreams the Sakhi Food Security Agriculture Model. It identifies and trains women as community resource persons so they can mobilise women farmers, and ensure their access to benefits and government agriculture schemes.
The Aangan Trust works to make sure 4,500 vulnerable adolescent girls are safe from harm or hazardous work, child marriage, trafficking, violence or abuse. It links them with safety networks such as Parents against Child Trafficking (PACT) and ensures that state child protection agencies are responsive and accessible in Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh.
The ANT works on domestic violence in Assam’s Chirang district by providing counselling, shelter, livelihoods and legal advice for survivors. Its aim is to enable women’s groups and the community to better deal with the issue and work towards implementation of the relevant legal provisions.
APD seeks to enhance the ecosystem for persons with disabilities across six districts, mainly in rural areas of North Karnataka. As a resource organisation, it is partnering with six organisations including NGOs and community-based organisations to build their capabilities for outreach and community-based rehabilitation.
The Banyan provides mental health care, treatment, rehabilitation, employment including vocational skill training for 5,160 poor and homeless people with psycho-social disabilities, in Chennai and Kanchipuram district, Tamil Nadu.
Transform Rural India Foundation will strengthen women’s collectives and enable Adivasis, Dalits, women in Barwani district, Madhya Pradesh to be active in local self-governance and overall village development through a partnership with 4 NGO partners (ASA, CHETNA, Eklavya, Samarthan). It will work to make Panchayati Raj Institutions more transparent and accountable.
Ummeed delivers direct clinical services for 450 children with developmental disabilities hailing from poor families in Maharashtra and Gujarat. It conducts workshops for parents, other stakeholders so they are more sensitised, better trained, and are able to carry out early detection and management of such disabilities.
UNFPA tracks and profiles the health and nutrition of 120,000 in-school adolescent girls and 80,000 boys in tribal residential schools. It gives them training in life skills and peer leadership. It will initially, work with the Department of Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Castes Development in five districts of Odisha.
Vaani provides 100 deaf children and their families in Tumakuru district, Karnataka, with specialised services--educational, health, nutritional and skills development. It also focuses on capacity building and networking with stakeholders.
Vasundhara is working with Adivasis and forest-dependent communities in 100 villages across Odisha to make them aware of their rights to natural resources under the Forest Rights Act 2006, acquire land tenure and attain ecological security. It is also helping Adivasi women’s co-operatives market forest produce.
Video Volunteers is training 25 community mobilisers in Bihar to produce videos highlighting local issues and to mobilise the community to seek their rights and entitlements.
Vidya Sagar provides early intervention services to 550 children with disabilities in Tamil Nadu, by training 1,250 families in care and therapy. It extends community rehabilitation programmes to rural areas of Madurai, and slums in Chennai.
Vimochana runs crisis intervention services, safe spaces for survivors, campaigns on dowry deaths, offers quality services to burns victims and is empowering 2,800 women to reject violence individually and collectively in Bengaluru city, and surrounding rural areas.
Vrutti is promoting farmers as entrepreneurs and farming as an enterprise to boost livelihood security among 12,500 farmers in Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Telangana. It also provides farm inputs, marketing support, access to entitlements, insurance and income diversification.
WASSAN is improving the livelihoods of 6,400 small and marginal Adivasi farmers across Andhra Pradesh and Telangana by promoting crop diversity, demonstrating drought-resistant, sustainable agricultural practices; evolving policies for rainfed agriculture in dry areas. It is enabling farmers' co-operatives to run Business Information Centres to share knowledge and innovative scale-up methods with the State Governments and other partners.
WASSAN will help small and marginal farmers across Andhra Pradesh adapt to climate variability through the adoption of integrated farming systems to bolster the practice of climate resilient zero budget natural farming (CRZBNF). It will leverage resources from and mainstream integrated farming systems within government departmental programmes.