HCL Grant is a step towards recognition of the Rise of the Fifth Estate-the NGOs, critical change agents today, contributing towards Nation Building. Started in 2015, it is a ₹ 100 Crore commitment by HCL over the next five years, to strengthen the capacities of NGOs that strive for transformation in the areas of Education, Health and Environment. The Grant is meant to support such NGOs that reach out to marginalized, isolated and underdeveloped rural communities, and achieve sustainable socio-economic development.
Unique aspect of the HCL Grant is that the organizations are recognized not only based on the “idea”, but also for their power to transform ideas into implementable projects and thereby, transform Indian villages in a sustainable way.
The WINNER NGO is the one that has made meaningful lasting positive impact in the lives of people during its existence, the one that can leverage and reach out to ones who are left out, while upscaling the same level of impact, in the respective Thematic Category.
This year, through this Grant, HCL will award maximum of up to ₹ 5 Crores over a period of three to five years, in each Thematic Category.
HCL Grant aims to achieve sustainable development of rural communities by supporting NGOs that are doing path-breaking work towards transformation of rural India. The Grant:
THE THEMATIC GRANT CATEGORIES
Following is the indicative list of program areas that could be proposed to seek HCL Grant funding. Please note this is not a comprehensive list - this is to give a sense of the broad areas that the HCL Grant is aimed at:
- Sustainable environment conservation, flora and fauna.
- Access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy to all.
- Combating climate change and its impact.
- Protecting, restoring, and promoting sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystem, wetlands and other water bodies.
- Combating desertification, deforestation, land degradation, biodiversity loss, pollution and promoting use of renewable resources.
- Wildlife conservation and preservation.
- Right to Education for All by upscaling initiatives that strengthen Elementary, Secondary, Higher Education, Adult Literacy.
- Education that promotes learning opportunities through skill development and confidence building, including digital literacy.
- Equitable, inclusive, and relevant quality education, leading to human resource development.
- Equitable & Universal access to Health for All - segments of population and ailments.
- Access to clean drinking water, sanitation and hygiene facilities, prevention and elimination of water borne diseases.
- Maternal, adolescent, child health and nutrition and eradication of communicable diseases.
The process consists of multiple levels of assessments starting from application screening, profile evaluation, Sub Jury evaluation and ending with a final jury evaluation. The process would be conducted on the basis of:
- Screening: successfully submitted applications and projects will be screened for eligibility, relevance of answers, information authenticity, etc.
- First Level Evaluation: a team of experts will evaluate successful entries on the following parameters:
- Organizational Profile: based on Financial Management, Governance Structure, Program Management, Legal and Statutory status, past performance and thematic credentials, etc.
- Project Profile: based on Rationale, Stakeholders profile, Demographic profile of target areas, Impact, Sustainability and Innovativeness, Approach and Strategy, Capacity to deliver, etc.
- Second Level Evaluation: a team of Sub Jury members will review shortlisted applications and projects based on information and document submitted, and background verification.
- Third Level Evaluation: a team of experts will conduct due diligence and site visit to the organization and proposed projects basis the information submitted.
- Final Evaluation: a team of Jury members will review the finalists based on information and documents submitted, site visits and due diligence.
TOP 24 APPLICANT NGOs - HCL GRANT, 2015-16
- Aga Khan Rural Support Programme - India
- Aid India
- Aide et action, India
- Association for voluntary action (Bachpan Bachao Andolan)
- Deepak Foundation
- Evangelical social action forum
- Going to school
- Grameen Development Services
- Hand in Hand
- HOPE foundation
- Indian Society Of Agribusiness Professionals
- Native medical care trust
- Pardada Pardadi Educational Society
- Rural development organisation
- Sabuj Sangha
- Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled
- Sarathi Development Foundation
- Smile Foundation
- Social work and research center (Barefoot college)
- South India AIDS Action Programme
- Swami Vivekanada Youth Movement
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR?
The Grant is applicable only for NGOs working in the field of Education, Health and Environment and having experience of implementing projects in rural India. We are looking for organizations with innovative, replicable and sustainable models, which can make significant contribution towards rural development, in these Thematic Categories.
How to apply?
The applicants fulfilling the eligibility criteria are required to fill the online application form and project proposal form (both together will constitute an entry). Please send any queries to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Register your organization with a valid e-mail id on HCL Grant website. To register, click here.
- Log in, using the user name and password received on the registered e-mail id. To log in, click here.
- Fill the Declaration-cum-Application form and upload required documents.
- Review and submit the form.
- Fill the Project proposal form and upload required documents.
- Review and submit the form.
- You will receive an e-mail acknowledging submission of your application on the registered e-mail id.
- The organization must be a registered not for profit entity in India (Society, Trust or as a Section 8 (previously Section 25) company).
- The organization should have completed functional existence of TEN years in India on or before 30 June 2016.
- The organization should have at-least FIVE years of experience working in rural areas in India on or before 30 June 2016.
- The organization should have at-least FIVE years of experience working in India on the theme they are applying for on and before 30 June 2016.
- The organization should have an average expenditure of ₹ 1.5 Crores or above for the last 3 financial years i.e. 2013–14, 2014-15 and 2015-16.
- The organization must not be blacklisted by any government agency, donor or international agency.
- The organization must not have any negative media coverage or any other controversy associated with it.
- The organization should not have any political or religious affiliations.
- The organization should have registration documents, audited financial reports, tax certificates and FCRA and/or similar documents depending on the nature of the funding/donations that it receives.
- The proposed project must be in line with the provisions of Section 135 and Schedule VII of the Companies Act 2013.
- The proposed project must cover at least 1 HCL location (State) for project implementation for the period of 1 year.
- The proposed project must be in rural areas.
- The Grant can be used to scale-up an existing project where co-funding is involved. However, HCL should be informed of all co-funders in advance and the organization must be able to clearly report how HCL grant will be utilized and what impact it will create.
- If selected, the organization must directly implement the project supported by the HCL Grant. Sub granting will be not allowed.
- The organization must have good relationships with local administration in their geographic location.
- Maximum grant of ₹ 5 Cr (₹ 4 crores for proposed locations and ₹ 1 crore for HCL’s near-by location) for/over a period of 3 – 5 years.
- The organization should not have any pending litigations.
- Grant money cannot be used for infrastructure development such as construction, renovation, purchase of fixed assets like land, buildings, and vehicles, among others.
- Please fill the application form in English only
- Please read the eligibility criteria carefully before filling the application form
- HCL may request for any supporting documents if required.
- Applications and documents submitted are subject to scrutiny and background verification.
- HCL may conduct site visits, due diligence and background verification at any stage during the process, applicant organizations are required to facilitate and cooperate during such activities.
- HCL reserves the right to reject any application at any stage with no liability of giving any justification