The Paul Hamlyn Foundation is seeking applications for its India Open Grants Fund that assists NGOs to consciously design and develop programmes which assist vulnerable communities to build on their strengths, ensure that their rights and entitlements are not usurped and help them deal with the critical factors that make them vulnerable.
This Fund seeks 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.
Among vulnerable communities they include the following as a non exclusive, indicative list of special interest groups that we will work with in both rural and urban areas:
- Ultra poor families in mixed communities
- Dalit communities, particularly those involved with inhuman occupations
- Tribal communities fighting for or dispossessed of their land and resources
- Disabled people, particularly children
- Communities with little or no access to health services
- Communities with little or no access to education
- Unorganised labour
Such communities need leadership that is forward-looking, able to generate enthusiasm among the community and able to lead the community towards paths that can help transform their realities. Leadership can emerge in the form of individuals or community organisations. We will fund initiatives that facilitate leadership-influenced change processes either by individuals or community organisations.
NGO initiatives that support development of community leadership and a better understanding of community concerns and their management are also supported.
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
- West Bengal
- 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
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.
- 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.
For more information, visit https://www.phf.org.uk/funds/india-open-grants/