Bharat Rural Livelihoods Foundation: Call for Proposals for Implementation of Livelihood Projects

Deadline: 30 September 2017

Bharat Rural Livelihoods Foundation (BRLF), an independent society set up by the Government of India to upscale civil society action in partnership with Government, is currently inviting proposals from prospective civil society organizations aiming at transforming the livelihoods and the lives of the rural poor, particularly the Adivasis.

The Bharat Rural Livelihoods Foundation (BRLF) has been set up to foster and facilitates civil society action in partnership with government for transforming the livelihoods and lives of people in areas such as the Central Indian Adivasi belt, which would be the initial geography of focus of the Foundation. The aim is to support grassroots level action towards empowerment of people, particularly the Adivasis and scaling up of approaches that are innovative both in terms of programme content and strategy.

The geographical focus of the proposals should be the central Indian tribal belt in the states of Odisha, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Gujarat.

Thematic Areas of Support

  • Watershed Management
  • Common Pool Resource Management, including groundwater management, forest management and participatory irrigation management
  • Sustainable Livelihoods including improved agriculture, dairying, fisheries, forestry etc
  • Value-addition to agricultural products, non-timber forest produce etc
  • Skill Development
  • Integrated Habitat Improvement, including housing, drinking water, sanitation, solid and liquid waste management etc
  • Food and Nutrition Security
  • Local Institution Building and Strengthening of Adivasi Leadership, especially women, in PRIs, SHGs, JFMCs, community-based organisations, formal and informal producer groups, etc
  • Capacity Building of stakeholders, government and PRI functionaries
  • Social Mobilisation and Awareness Generation around Entitlements and Development Programmes
  • Development of a Pool of Professional Human Resources that could be deployed in these regions
  • Documentation and Research

Funding Information

Beginning with an initial amount of Rs. 200 crore, the Government of India will provide a Corpus of Rs. 500 crore in 2 tranches over the next 3 years to BRLF, against achievement of well-defined milestones.

Eligibility Criteria

The applicant organization should fulfill the following criteria to apply:

  • The applicant organization should have an established track record and demonstrated experience (at least 5 years) and capacity of high quality work on sustainable rural livelihoods, people’s mobilization and building people’s institutions with a focus on tribal, especially women in the ten focus states mentioned above.
  • The applying organization should be registered under section 12A of Income Tax Act 1961.
  • Organizations should not have been blacklisted by any government department or donor
  • Applicants should have an annual turnover of at least Rs.25 lakhs in any year in the past three years along with properly documented financial and organizational systems in place for discharging their responsibilities under the project. Organizations with a smaller budget may be considered if they are part of a network which seeks funding support from BRLF.
  • Organisations seeking BRLF support must also demonstrate their capability and willingness to work with Gram Panchayats (GPs). This may be reflected in a resolution of the GPs which they intend to work with, formally inviting them to extend support to the GPs in implementing projects. This resolution should be submitted along with the project proposal.

How to Apply

Applicants can apply via given website.

Eligible Country: India

For more information, please visit Call for Proposals.

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