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HCL Foundation Grant Program Edition VII – India

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted April 22, 2021 from Brazil
Expires on May 16, 2021
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The HCL Foundation is accepting applications for its Grant Program Edition VII to strengthen and empower NGOs, engage with them, as well as recognize them for their path-breaking work.

They encourage organisations from all over India to apply with innovative, replicable and sustainable models, which can make significant contribution towards rural development.

The Grant is designed to support breakthrough award-winning projects to NGOs, that have a proven track record of evident impact, high credibility and distinct ability to deliver. NGOs that reach out to marginalized, isolated, underserved and underdeveloped rural communities in India, and work jointly to achieve sustainable socio-economic development.

Please Note that HCL Grant doesn’t charge any fee for the application; it accepts applications free of charge through online only. Further, HCL Foundation and HCL Grant have not authorized any individual or agency or organization to accept the application on its behalf.

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Eligibility Criteria
1. The Grant is applicable for NGOs working in the field of Education, Health and Environment with experience of implementing projects in rural India.
2. Applicat organization must:
a) be a registered not for profit entity in India i.e. either a Society or a Trust or a Section 8 (previously Section 25) company or any other
b) have registered u/s 80G of The Income-tax, 1961 (including organizations who have successfully submitted application for renewal of 80G certificate, subject to further scrutiny);
c) have functional existence (as per their registration certificate) in India on or before 31st March 2021 If applying under Environment, Education and Health category – minimum 5 years or above;
d) be in full compliance with applicable regulatory rules and must have valid documents for registration, audited financial reports, etc. Further, the organization must have valid and timely submissions for requisite statutory and regulatory compliances (wherever applicable). These shall cover (but not limited to) income tax, employee provident fund, professional tax, minimum wages, employee state insurance, goods and service tax and FCRA and / or other relevant regulation depending on the nature of funding/donations it receives;
e) have registered u/s 12A of The Income-tax, 1961. (Including organizations who have successfully submitted application for renewal of 12A certificate, subject to further scrutiny.)
f) have registered with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs as CSR Implementing Agency. (including organizations who have successfully submitted application, subject to further scrutiny);
g) have the average expenditure (as per income & expenditure account) for the last three financial years viz. 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20 if applying under Education and Health category – minimum 1 Crores or above; If applying under Environment category – minimum 0.50 Crores or above.

Currently focused on rural development, the HCL Grant is awarded in three thematic categories:
• Environment
• Health
• Education.

HCL Grant awards the winning NGOs in each of the categories of Environment, Health and Education, a grant of
5 Crore (US$0.71 Million) for a 3-5 years project.

Applicants fulfilling the eligibility criteria are required to fill the online application form which includes Organisational Profile and Project Abstract along with some mandatory documents.

Last day to apply is May 17, 2021.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Apr 22
Apr 22

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you, in order to discover what they have in common and how you can think ahead/plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required by calls such this one);
3. Write - baby steps... - and discuss a project draft, to validate within your group the priorities of the proposal(s) and to train your grant writing skills as well;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal / project. Start now!!!
5. Do visit regularly the World Pulse website to make customized searches for grant opportunities. How?
a) Click on the Menu (left upper corner);
b) Type the name of your country in the search area (blank space); click enter;
c) Click on Filters;
d) Click on Resource;
e) Browse the results (opportunities) that will show up, by chronological order of posting;
6. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network;
7. Share the opportunities that do not apply to you but can interest others;
8. Instead of copying this posting in order to share it, please forward the link of this page. Hence more people will get to know World Pulse, this website and/or its Resources section!
Ana Isabel

Jill Langhus
Apr 23
Apr 23

Sounds great! Thanks, Ana.