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.
Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF)
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Closing Date : September 30 2021, Thursday


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.

Mission: The mission is “to improve the lives of the poorest and most vulnerable communities in India in a manner that assists them to make efforts to improve their own conditions, ensuring that they have access to their entitlements, creating and providing appropriate opportunities and also by helping influence change in the context within which they live”.
Strategic Aims
  • On the journey to 2021, they will have two aims. These are:
    • Enable vulnerable communities living in priority geographical areas, to build resilience and improve lives
    • Developing the capacity of organisations and people who facilitate the above aim(s)
  • In addition, they have a related aim:
    • Advancing through research, understanding of the issues relating to the above aims
  • They also have a final aim. This is not a primary aim, but supports the other aims:
    • Developing PHF itself to be an exemplar foundation, existing in perpetuity

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
    • Chhattisgarh
    • Odisha
    • Jharkhand
    • Bihar
    • West Bengal
    • Assam
  • 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

Funding Information

  • There is no minimum or maximum grant size. The amount you request should be the amount you need. They normally expect the amount requested to be a substantial part of the amount required to fund a distinct activity, or a substantial part of the work of your organisation. They are unlikely to fund 100 per cent of the costs. They prefer to make grants where you and/or another funder are also contributing, preferably in cash, towards the cost of the activity you are asking them to fund.
  • The length of grant depends on the proposed activity. Typically, we support new grantees for one or two years to support organisational adjustments prior to awarding funding for longer periods.

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.

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.

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