HCL Grant

5 Crore Grant per category




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 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) commitment by HCL, to strengthen the capacities of NGOs that strive for transformation in the areas of Environment, Health and Education. The Grant is meant to support such NGOs that reach out to marginalized, poverty-struck, 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 HCL GRANT RECIPIENT 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, working anywhere in India.

This year, through this Grant, HCL will award maximum of up to ₹ 5 Crores (~$ 750,000.) for a five year project, 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:


Financially supports innovative and replicable project, put forward by NGOs that are committed towards transformative rural development, one each, every year, in the respective Thematic Categories.


Identifies best NGOs who have made significant impact in rural transformation, and publish a compendium of such NGOs, such that they are made visible for their efforts.


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:


  • Conservation of environment, the indigenous flora and fauna.
  • Access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and clean energy for all.
  • Combating climate change and its impact.
  • Protecting, restoring, and promoting sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystem and wetlands
  • Conservation of natural water bodies, including river rejuvenation, oceans, natural springs, lakes and others.
  • Combating desertification, deforestation, land degradation, biodiversity loss, pollution and promoting use of renewable resources. (Please note – proposals that come from agricultural domain only, will not be considered)
  • 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.
  • Education that leads to better livelihood opportunities and improved income & better living for young people and adults.
  • Equitable, inclusive, and relevant quality education, leading to gender equality and 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 and non-communicable diseases.

Inclusion and gender transformative approaches are underlying principles for HCL Grant.

Evaluation Process

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.

HCL Grant 2018 - Finalists

  • Education

    Foundation For Education & Development

    North East Network

    Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind (Sightsavers)

  • Health

    Eleutheros Christian Society

    Hyderabad Eye Institute

    Nehru Foundation For Development - Centre For Environment Education Society

  • Environment

    Development Research Communication and Services Centre

    Keystone Foundation

    SECMOL (Student's Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh) – HIAL



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 hclgrant@hcl.com

Stage 1

  1. Register your organization with a valid e-mail id on HCL Grant website. To register, click here.
  2. Log in, using the user name and password received on the registered e-mail id. To log in, click here.

Step 2

  1. Fill the Declaration-cum-Application form and upload required documents.
  2. Review and submit the form.
  3. Fill the Project proposal form and upload required documents.
  4. Review and submit the form.
  5. You will receive an e-mail acknowledging submission of your application on the registered e-mail id.

Eligibility criteria

  • 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 the below mentioned functional existence (as per registration certificate) in India on or before 31st March 2017:
    • Applicant under Education and Health Category – 10 years,
    • Applicant under Environment Category – 5 years,
  • The organization should have completed the below mentioned working experience in rural areas in India on or before 31st March 2017:
    • Applicant under Education and Health Category – 5 years
    • Applicant under Environment Category – 2 years
  • The organization should have below mentioned average expenditure for the last 3 financial years i.e. 2013–14, 2014-15 and 2015-16.
    • Applicant under Education and Health Category – ₹ 1.5 Crores or above *
    • Applicant under Environment Category – ₹ 0.50 Crores or above *
    * The expenditure refers to overall expenditure of the organization and not thematic wise.
  • 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.

Special Instructions

  • 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 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.
  • Proposed project must be designed for direct implementation by the applicant organization, sub granting of HCL funds will not be allowed.
  • Networks and Consortium organizations are eligible to apply for the grant, however, if selected the organization must directly implement the project, sub granting of HCL funds will not be allowed.
  • The organization must have good relationships with local administration in their geographic location.
  • Grant amount will be upto ₹ 5 Cr for a period of 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.

The registration process for HCL Grant 2018 is now closed.

General instructions

  • 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

Contact us

In case of queries, please write to the below mentioned email address.