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.

ANANDI - Area Networking and Development Initiatives, Ahmedabad

The NGO organises poor Adivasi women in Panchmahal, Dahod, Bhavnagar and Morbi districts of Gujarat into womens 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.

ANANDI - Area Networking and Development Initiatives, Ahmedabad

Mobilise 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 Panchayat Raj Institutions and implementation of the relevant Act.

Astha Sansthan, Udaipur

The NGO will enable 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).

Foundation for Ecological Security (FES), Anand

Energise 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.

Nai Shuruwat, Barwani

The NGO has instituted a fellowship programme to promote accountability and improve governance. At present working in Madhya Pradesh’s Barwani district. 

Partnering Hope Into Action (PHIA) Foundation, Ranchi

Enable 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. 

Rural Women Upliftment Society, Churachandpur

The NGO 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. In North East – 4 states, 11 districts, 91 villages – Assam (Sorhat, Karbianglong); Manipur (Bishnupur, Chandel, Churachandpur, Imphal West, Senapati, Thoubal, Ukhrul); Mizoram (Mamit); Nagaland (Makochung).

School for Democracy (SFD), Bhim

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.

SRUTI - Society for Rural Urban and Tribal Initiative, Delhi

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 - Society for Rural, Urban and Tribal Initiative, Delhi

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.

Transform Rural India Foundation (TRIF), Delhi

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.