HSBC India CSR Fund
Last date – 21st January 2019
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(TECHNICAL SUPPORT SERVICES – INDIVIDUAL/FIRMS/ORGANISATION SELECTION)
Bharat Rural Livelihoods Foundation, BRLF
(An Independent Society set up by the Govt. of India to upscale civil society action in partnership with Government)
C-32, 2nd Floor, Ratna Vilas, Neeti Bagh, New Delhi-110 049
Last Date - 5th April 2016
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Applications invited from
Voluntary Organizations /
The Mission Convergence/
Last Date- 28th Feb 2014
The Mission Convergence invites applications from Voluntary Organizations/NGOs to partner in its initiative to reach out to the poor and vulnerable and empower these communities to help themNGOs/Voluntary organizations either registered as Societies or Trust is eligible to apply.
Last date- 17th May 2013
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GLBAL IMPACT CASH GRANT PROGRAM
FOR MORE DETAILS AND RESOURCES
CISCO -We now accept unsolicited applications to the Global Impact Cash Grant program. Our new application process is open year-round; therefore, your organization may begin the application process at any time. Please note that all grant applications must be submitted using our online grant application tool. We do not accept applications submitted via postal mail or email attachment. CISCO ???Global Impact Cash Grant In the spirit of Cisco's vision to "Change the Way We Work, Live, Play, and Learn", Global Impact Cash Grants are awarded by Cisco's Public Benefit Investment (PBI) group to US-based and non-US based non-profit organizations around the globe, with national or multinational operations. Eligible organizations must align with our grant-making criteria and policies. Cisco's overall approach is to partner with non-profit organizations to identify, incubate, and develop innovative solutions that solve challenging socioeconomic conditions in at least one of the investment areas: critical human needs, access to education, and economic empowerment. In order to maximize the impact of investment, Cisco supports programs that fit within its investment areas, serve the underserved, and leverage technology solutions to improve the reach, efficiency, and impact of services. Programs must also have high potential for replication and scale in multiple environments, and a clear path for long-term sustainability. HOW TO APPLY We now accept unsolicited applications to the Global Impact Cash Grant program. Our new application process is open year-round; therefore, your organization may begin the application process at any time. Please note that all grant applications must be submitted using our online grant application tool. We do not accept applications submitted via postal mail or email attachment.
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SIDA Call for Proposal
ICT Initiatives for Democratisation and Freedom of Expression
by 18th October 2012/
The strategy aims at strengthening actors for change, targeting civil society organisations and groups, intergovernmental organisations and individuals at local, national, regional and global levels, working for increased democratisation and freedom of expression
Last Date- 18th October 2012
TSC is being renamed as “Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan” (NBA).
The objective is to accelerate the sanitation coverage in the rural areas so as to comprehensively cover
rural community through renewed strategies and saturation approach. Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA)
envisages covering the entire community for saturated outcomes with a view to create Nirmal Gram
Panchayats with following priorities:
Provision of Individual Household Latrine (IHHL) of both Below Poverty Line (BPL) and
Identified Above Poverty Line (APL) households within a Gram Panchayat (GP).
Gram Panchayats where all habitations have access to water to be taken up. Priority
may be given to Gram Panchayats having functional piped water supply ,
Provision of sanitation facilities in Government Schools and Anganwadis in Government
buildings within these GPs
Solid and Liquid Waste Management (SLWM) for proposed and existing Nirmal Grams
Extensive capacity building of the stake holders like Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs),
Village Water and Sanitation Committees (VWSCs) and field functionaries for sustainable sanitation.
Appropriate convergence with MNREGS with unskilled man-days and skilled man-days
The main objectives of the NBA are as under:
a) Bring about an improvement in the general quality of life in the rural areas.
b) Accelerate sanitation coverage in rural areas to achieve the vision of Nirmal Bharat by 2022 with
all gram Panchayats in the country attaining Nirmal status.
c) Motivate communities and Panchayati Raj Institutions promoting sustainable sanitation facilities
through awareness creation and health education.
d) To cover the remaining schools not covered under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Anganwadi
Centres in the rural areas with proper sanitation facilities and undertake proactive promotion of
hygiene education and sanitary habits among students.
e) Encourage cost effective and appropriate technologies for ecologically safe and sustainable sanitation.
f) Develop community managed environmental sanitation systems focusing on solid & liquid waste
management for overall cleanliness in the rural areas.
Role of NGOs
NGOs have a catalytic role in the implementation of NBA in the rural areas. They have to be actively involved in IEC activities and capacity building leading to demand generation, construction and use of sanitation facilities. NGOs may also be engaged to conduct base line surveys and PRAs specifically to determine key behaviours and perceptions regarding sanitation, hygiene, water use, O&M, etc NGOs can also open and operate Production Centers and Rural Sanitary Marts. Selection of NGOs should be done following a transparent criterion.
The Ministry of Environment and Forests
invites proposals for
Awareness Campaign (NEAC)
for the year 2012-13.
The theme is Biodiversity Conservation.
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NABARD Award for Rural Innovations 2012
Last date- 25th May 2012
CGM, DPD-NFS, NABARD,
Plot No.C- 24, G – Block, Bandra Kurla Complex,
Post Box No. 8121 Bandra (E),
Mumbai – 400051.
NABARD is an apex Development Bank that
facilitates credit flow for promotion and development of agriculture,
small-scale industries, cottage and village industries, handicrafts and other
rural crafts. It also has the mandate to support all other allied economic activities
in rural areas, promote integrated and sustainable rural development and secure
prosperity of rural areas.
Nabard stepped into its 30th glorious year in July 2011. The
bank has decided to commemorate this occasion by introducing a remarkable initiative
– Nabard Award for Rural Innovations.
This has been done to recognize and reward all those unsung
heroes without whom rural India would have witnessed the leaps and bounds of
progress. These are people from small towns, villages and settlements. They are
those who think about ways to better the daily lives of those in rural India.
They worry about generating more income for those who are poor. They invent
ways and means to create employment. They pioneer processes and products that
ease out lives. And they do all this quietly. Without hope of remuneration or
This year onwards Nabard has taken up the mantle to bring these
heroes and their immense contribution into the limelight. So if you are one
such personality or know of any such person, consider it eligibility to enter
All you have to do is fill in the application form and send it to us with the required documents. Our eminent panel will evaluate your idea and if they find your work truly inspiring, you could win the NABARD Award for Rural Innovations.
For details visit Website- http://www.nabardruralawards.com/
The Disability Rights Fund (DRF)
The 2012 Grant Cycle
Last date-25th March 2012
For details click link below-
The Disability Rights Fund (DRF) seeks to strengthen the participation of Disabled Persons’ Organizations (DPOs) in the advancement of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) at country level in the Global South, Middle East, and Eastern Europe/former Soviet Union.
1. The first grantmaking round, consisting of a Letter of Interest (LoI) process for DPOs in India (States of Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Kerala, Orissa, Tamil Nadu or the National Capital of Delhi only) and Ukraine and a Request for Proposals (RFP) process for DPOs in Indonesia, Lebanon, and Mexico is described in more detail below. The deadline for the RFP is March 15, 2012.
2. The second grantmaking round, directed at DPOs in Bangladesh, PICs, Ghana, Uganda, Nicaragua and Peru, and consisting of both a LoI and RFP process, will be publicized in mid-2012.
Request for Proposals (for applicants from Indonesia, Lebanon and Mexico and successful LoI applicants from India and Ukraine)
Applicants can apply as:
1. Single organizations or partnerships for Small Grants OR
2. National DPO-led coalitions for National Coalition Grants
For details click link below-
SCHEMES FOR NGOs
The Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF)
The Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF) is the nodal agency in the administrative structure of the Central Government for the planning, promotion, co-ordination and overseeing the implementation of India's environmental and forestry policies and programmes.
The primary concerns of the Ministry are implementation of policies and programmes relating to conservation of the country's natural resources including its lakes and rivers, its biodiversity, forests and wildlife, ensuring the welfare of animals, and the prevention and abatement of pollution. While implementing these policies and programmes, the Ministry is guided by the principle of sustainable development and enhancement of human well-being.
The Ministry also serves as the nodal agency in the country for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), South Asia Co-operative Environment Programme (SACEP), International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and for the follow-up of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The Ministry is also entrusted with issues relating to multilateral bodies such as the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), Global Environment Facility (GEF) and of regional bodies like Economic and Social Council for Asia and Pacific (ESCAP) and South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (SAARC) on matters pertaining to the environment.
The broad objectives of the Ministry are:
These objectives are well supported by a set of legislative and regulatory measures, aimed at the preservation, conservation and protection of the environment. Besides the legislative measures, the National Conservation Strategy and Policy Statement on Environment and Development, 1992; National Forest Policy, 1988; Policy Statement on Abatement of Pollution, 1992; and the National Environment Policy, 2006also guide the Ministry's work.
For detail NGO schemes/ guidelines, Members may contact NFI team at – firstname.lastname@example.org or Call us at - 09958154404
GLOBAL FUND FOR WOMEN
Women's Funds Overview and Application Criteria
In 1997, the Global Fund for Women launched the Women’s Fund Program to formalize our commitment to foster local expertise and promote sustainable local philanthropy. A women’s fund is an entity that makes grants to support the advancement of women’s human rights and status of women and girls.
The Global Fund for Women supports women's groups that advance the human rights of women and girls. GFW grants help strengthen and link women’s funds based outside the United States by providing flexible and timely grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 per year for operating and re-granting expenses. First-time grant awards generally range from $5,000 to $25,000 per year. We value local expertise and believe that women themselves know best how to determine their needs and propose solutions for lasting change.
Please note that your Women’s Fund MUST meet all the following criteria to be eligible for a grant:
The Global Fund seeks to strengthen and sustain local philanthropy of Women’s Funds by investing in the following priority areas:
The Global Fund receives over 3,500 proposals for general support, including the women’s funds, each year and awards about 600 grants annually. Unfortunately we do not have the resources to provide funding to all the Women’s Funds that meet our criteria. We do, however, give priority to Women’s Funds that might particularly benefit from our support. These include groups that:
In addition, please note that the Global Fund does NOT fund the following:
You may submit a request in any language, by e-mail, fax, or post. We usually accept proposals all year, but grants are awarded only four times a year after approval by our international Board of Directors. After you submit a proposal, a notice of receipt will be sent within 3 weeks of its arrival at the Global Fund. You will receive a decision on your proposal or a request for additional information in approximately 2-3 months. Due to the large volume of requests we receive, final grant awards to women’s funds may not be made for up to 5 to 6 months. In addition, please note that the Global Fund is not able to award a grant to all the deserving funds that apply and that we are also often unable to award the total amount requested.
The Global Fund encourages women’s funds to include their travel and conference budgets in the general support application. In RARE cases, the Global Fund accepts urgent requests related to a crisis of some kind, or for requests that pertain to organizing or attending a conference, or other time-bound event. Such requests will be considered outside of our normal grant cycle due to their time-sensitive nature. Applications must be submitted by organizations, not individuals, and must be received at least 8 weeks before the event. Funding for such requests is extremely limited and preference will be given to past Global Fund grantees.
Our Mailing Address:
The Global Fund for Women
222 Sutter Street, Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94108 USA
Phone: (415) 248-4800
Fax (415) 248-4801
Information and Guidelines on:
Swarnjayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojana
District Rural Development Agencies (DRDAs)
Panchayati Raj Institutions, the banks, the line departments and the NGOs
Swarnjayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojana (SGSY) SGSY is implemented by District Rural Development Agencies (DRDAs) through the Panchayati Samithis and, with the active involvement of other Panchayati Raj Institutions, the banks, the line departments and the NGOs
The DRDAs are expected to co-ordinate the implementation of the programme. In particular their role will be critical in organization of the Self Help Groups and their capacity building as well as in terms of coordination with the technical institutions for technology and training, the banks for planning and credit mobilization, the line departments for infrastructure and technical follow up as well as in coordinating the marketing activities.
The Gram Panchayats will play a crucial role in SGSY. The Gram Sabha will first approve the list of BPL families. Besides, at the beginning of each year, the potential Swarozgaris for taking up the designated key activities would be identified in each habitation by a 3-member committee including the Sarpanch. The list of Swarozgaris who are sanctioned the loan by the banks would be placed before the Gram Sabha. The Gram Panchayat would also take steps to provide from its funds under JGSY or any other programme, the common infrastructure necessary for the key activities. The Gram Panchayat would actively monitor the performance of the Swarozgaris and in particular whether they are repaying the loan regularly.
The Panchayat Samiti (Block Level) will approve the key activities that are identified for the blocks before the list is sent to the BDO through the
District Level Technical Group. The Panchayat Samiti would review every month the reports sent by Block SGSY Committee. In particular, the Panchayat Samiti would review the recovery performance. The Zilla Parishad will be reviewing the performance under the SGSY in its general meetings.
The Bankers play a very critical role in the implementation of Swarnjayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojana. SGSY is a credit-cum-subsidy programme. Credit is the key component and subsidy is only a minor and enabling component. SGSY envisages the close association of bankers at all stages of the programme implementation, right from the identification of key activities, clusters, self help groups, identification of individual Swarozgaris as well as planning for all the elements of the key activities. The bank has the final say in the selection of Swarozgaris. An elaborate mechanism has been put in place to ensure post-credit monitoring as well as for loan recovery.
The line departments have an important role to play in the entire exercise, for they will be responsible for implementation and monitoring of respective sectoral activities. SGSY would need a very close collaboration between the implementing agencies and the line departments. This collaboration starts with the identification of key activities and preparation of project reports. The line departments will be responsible for planning and creation of the infrastructure required to make the key activity successful. In addition, once the bank has sanctioned the loan, the line departments must ensure that all facilities including technical guidance are provided to the Swarozgaris. The line departments may also verify whether the Swarozgaris have the necessary skill requirement and take steps to train them. The line departments should also satisfy themselves about the quality of training that is being imparted. They should assist the DRDAs in ensuring that the Swarozgaris are able to derive the expected levels of income. The line departments will treat promotion of self-employment in their sector as much their responsibility as that of DRDA/Panchayati Raj Institutions / Banks and it should be an integral part of their day-to-day functioning.
The NGOs have also an important role to play. They can be used in the formation and nurturing of the SHGs as well as in the monitoring of the progress of the Swarozgaris. Where feasible, their services can also be utilized for provision of technology support, quality control of the products. What the NGOs can do would depend on the nature of the NGO and its competence. Care must therefore be taken to ensure that only those NGOs are utilized in the programme as are capable of supporting the programme. At the same time, every effort must be made to ensure that all resources available in the district are made use of.
Similarly, care must be taken to ensure the participation of the technical resource available in the district, in the form of technical institutions. These technical institutions may not always have ready solutions to the problems but if they are properly oriented, they can come up with solutions to different problems. If they are made part of an ongoing process, their own capacity ;will be built up, with long-term benefits. The District SGSY Committee must pay particular attention to this aspect.For downloading the SGSY Guidelines click on - link
for inclusive growth
For over five decades, the ICICI Group has partnered India in its economic growth and development. Promoting inclusive growth has been a priority area for the Group from both a social and business perspective. We strive to make a difference to our customers, to the society and to the nation’s development directly through our products and services, as well as through our development initiatives and community outreach.
ICICI Foundation for Inclusive Growth (ICICI Foundation) was founded by the ICICI Group in early 2008 to carry forward and build upon its legacy of promoting inclusive growth. ICICI Foundation works with government authorities and specialised grassroots organisations to support developmental work in four identified focus areas. It is committed to investing in long-term efforts to support inclusive growth through effective interventions.
ICICI Bank’s Social Initiatives Group (SIG), a non-profit group set up within ICICI Bank in 2000, pioneered our work on health, education and access to finance. In January 2008, ICICI Group established ICICI Foundation for Inclusive Growth, which carries forward this legacy.
Our headquarters are in Mumbai and our registered office is in Chennai.
ICICI Foundation for Inclusive Growth
ICICI Bank Towers
Bandra Kurla Complex
Mumbai - 400 051, India
ICICI Foundation for Inclusive Growth
1 Cenotaph Road, Teynampet
Chennai - 600 018, India
For more details visit the website- www.icicifoundation.org
Maidan Summit 2011
Annual Sport for Development
New Delhi (1-3 December)
Magic Bus India Foundation (MBIF) is pleased to announce Maidan Summit 2011, the second annual Sport for Development (S4D) international meet from December 1 to 3 in New Delhi, India. The objectives of the Summit are to provide an interactive forum for NGOs, policy makers, technical experts and donor agencies, advocate cross-sectoral use of S4D and strengthening the S4D platform in India.
The event will commence with a Sport for Development International Meet in New Delhi on 1st December at the Paintal Memorial Golden Jubilee Hall, VP Chest Institute, North Campus, University of Delhi. Mr. Ajay Maken, Union Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs, Government of India is likely to join us as the Chief Guest. Mr. Poul Hansen, Head of Office at the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace; Ms. Tessa Jowell, Shadow Olympics Minister, Member of Parliament, UK; Dr. Lachlan Strahan, Dy. High Commissioner, Australian High Commission; and several other dignitaries will be present in the conference. This will be followed by a series of six workshops over the next two days designed for agencies which use or wish to use sport as a means to promote human development(details attached).
We are also developing Maidan as a platform into a sustainable online Indian sport for development resource. We are particularly pleased to announce the forthcoming launch of the Maidan magazine, a biannual collection of news articles and stories from the rapidly growing Sport for Development sector. Maidan 2011 is supported by Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS), Govt. of India; Australian Sports Commission; Department of Physical Education and Sports Sciences, University of Delhi; and online media partner, Sportzpower.
We invite you to participate or nominate senior management to attend the conference. Your contribution to the S4D forum would be of great value and your representatives will benefit from becoming a part of the international S4D network. They will also gain an in-depth exposure to contemporary issues and practices in the global S4D arena.
Please find attached the Conference (1st December) and Workshops (2nd & 3rd December) agenda along with the Registration Form and a schedule for 1st December with a list of speakers. A copy of the Registration Form/s, duly filled in for each nominated participant may kindly besent to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to an early response with your confirmation of participation.
Magic Bus Team
About Magic Bus
Magic Bus is a registered Section 25 Not-for-Profit Company in India, with international fundraising offices in UK, USA and Germany. Founded in 1999, we are the leading Sport for Development (S4D) player in the country, and have been appointed the Knowledge and Implementing Partner ofPanchayat Yuva Khel aur Krida Abhiyan (PYKKA), the rural sports programme mandated to reach to about 200,000 villages in the country, by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS), Government of India (GoI). Previously, under International Inspiration programme of London Olympics 2012, we have worked in partnership with GoI and UNICEF to develop and pilot functional capacity building models for community sports coaches and trainers at the grassroots level in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Delhi. With our unique Sport for Development (S4D) programme, we work towards empowering children and youth in areas of Education, Gender, Health, Leadership and Livelihood, promoting the concept of Right to Play. We have envisioned a growth plan of reaching out to 1,000,000 children and youth in 10 states of India, through over 2500 staff and 30000 volunteers by 2014. Towards this, Magic Bus is currently working in the states of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Orissa and Karnataka.
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The STARS IMPACT Award 2012
Last Date- 7th November 2011
Register / Apply for award
Each Impact Award combines US$100,000 of unrestricted funding with tailored consultancy support and a package of media benefits, offering organisations the flexibility they need to respond to local challenges and plan for the future. Our approach is underpinned by a rigorous selection process, developed with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.
We provide detailed feedback toall applicants and through the data we collect, our understanding of the challenges facing local organisations continues to grow. We share this knowledge at every opportunity.
are six Impact Awards in total: three Awards for Africa-Middle East and
threefor Asia-Pacific, across the categories of Health, Education and
Each Impact Award provides apackage of support comprising:
· US$100,000of unrestricted funding – Giving recipient organisations the flexibility torespond more effectively to the challenges they face and to the needs of thechildren they serve
· Tailoredconsultancy support – Offering recipient organisations access to training orskills and helping them to maximise the benefits of their Award
· Mediatraining, content and access – Providing recipient organisations with the toolsand opportunities to use the Award to enhance their profile
***BREAKING NEWS ***
This year, thanks to ourpartnership with the Ashmore Foundation, STARS is able to increase the numberof Awards it intends to offer to 14. Of these, 6 Awards are made up ofUS$100,000 of unrestricted funding and additional consultancy support (asdescribed above) and the other 8 Awards will range in value from US$15,000 toUS$60,000.
In addition, a smaller Award maybe made at the discretion of the STARS Board of Trustees to recognise the workof an organisation whose application demonstrates potential as a ‘Rising Star’.
What we Look For
Over a two stage process, the STARS Impact Award recipients will be selected against a range of criteria which reflect the hallmarks of effective practice. Applicants selected to receive an Award will have demonstrated a positive impact on the lives of disadvantaged children.
Thespecific criteria that STARS is interested in are:
· Deliveryof programmes that positively affect the lives of disadvantaged children
· Governanceand accountability to stakeholders
· Effectivefinance and administration
· Useof technology
· Innovationand flexibility
· Networkingand collaborating with other organisations
· Developmentof staff members and/or volunteers
· Inclusionand access
STARS would also like to know howorganisations would use the Award if they were to be selected as an Awardrecipient.Further guidance on all the above is available in the application form.
How to Apply
Pleasenote that once you are ready to submit your application, and where you havechosen not to apply online, applications should be emailed to the followingemail addresses:(
Africa / Middle-East: africa@
Asia / Pacific: asia@starsfoundation.
For more details visit their website.
Website Address- http://www.starsfoundation.
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Government Scheme of Strengthening
Scheduled Tribe (ST) Girls in Low Literacy Districts-
(Under Ministry of Tribal affairs)1. OBJECTIVE
The scheme aims to bridge the gap in literacy levels between the general female
population and tribal women, through facilitating 100% enrolment of tribal girls in the identified Districts or Blocks, more particularly in naxal affected areas and in areas inhabited by Primitive Tribal Groups (PTGs), and reducing drop-outs at the elementary level by creating the required ambience for education. Improvement of the literacy rate of tribal girls is essential to enable them to participate effectively in and benefit from, socio-economic development.
2.1 The scheme will be implemented in 54 identified Districts (Appendix-I) where the ST population is 25% or more, and ST female literacy rate below 35%, or its fractions, as per 2001 census.
2.2 Any other tribal block in a district, other than aforesaid 54 identified districts, which has scheduled tribe population 25% or above, and tribal female literacy rate below 35% or its fractions, as per 2001 census, shall also be covered (Appendix-II, Blocks intimated by West Bengal and Karnataka so far. Such Blocks fulfilling the criteria in other States may also be considered as and when reported).
2.3 In addition, the scheme will also cover areas below a Block level (e.g. Gram Panchayats)inhabited by the notified Primitive Tribal Groups (PTGs) (Appendix-III).
2.4 Out of all the aforesaid areas, the naxal affected areas shall be given priority
3. IMPLEMENTING AGENCY
3.1 The scheme will be implemented through Voluntary Organizations (VOs)/Non-
Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and autonomous society/institutions of State
Government/Union Territory Administration.
3.2 The existing multidisciplinary “State Committee for Supporting Voluntary Efforts”
(SCSVE) constituted by various States/Union Territories will be responsible for identification and scrutiny of the projects of Non-Governmental Organizations under this scheme also.
For More details visit - http://tribal.nic.in/index2.asp?sublinkid=467&langid=1
by Department of Bio- Technology
Last Date – 30th November 2011
About the Scheme
The Small Business Innovation Research Initiative (SBIRI) is a new scheme launched by the department to boost public-private-partnership effort in the country. The distinctive feature of SBIRI is that it supports the high-risk pre-proof-of-concept research and late stage development in small and medium companies lead by innovators with science backgrounds which is unique in nature to support private industries and to get them involved in development of such products and processes which have high societal relevance. SBIRI has a unique process for generating ideas by bringing users and producers of technology together. It has a direct focus on producing products and has a sense of urgency for producing defined results that only private sector engagement can produce. National consultations will be held after every three to six months to generate ideas in different sectors of biotechnology namely medical, agriculture, food, industry and environment.
The SBIRI aims to:
1. strengthen those existing private industrial units whose product development is based on in-house innovative R&D
The SBIRI scheme will operate in two phases viz. for establishment of pre-proof of concepts of innovations and for product and process development. In both the phases, projects will be implemented at the industry site. However, in any case the actual project cost would not involve cost of land and building but only capital investment and recurring costs.
SBIRI Phase – I : The following structure of funding will be available to industry depending on the project cost and own resources brought in by the promoter to the project.
SBIRI Phase – II : It is proposed to provide soft loan upto Rs. 10 crores for a project as per its requirement. Soft loan upto Rs. 100 lakhs will carry a simple interest of 1% while the interest rate will be 2% (simple interest) on the amount of loan beyond Rs. 100 lakhs. The role of public R&D institution at this stage too is critical, as many of the projects would continue to require technical support from the public funded R&D institutions. The partner in the public institution at this stage will get the R&D support as grant
The proposals can be made
· Solely by an industry; or
· Jointly by Industry and National R&D Organizations and Institutions: or
· Collaborative projects of common interest to the concerned sector/area proposed by a group of industries/users, national research organizations etc.
If the project involves collaboration among two or more partners, the scope of work and responsibilities of each participating establishment in the project should be highlighted. Public Private Partnership is encouraged and all things being equal, this model will be preferred.
Eligibility criteria for Industry Partner
· The unit should be registered in India and must fulfill the criteria of Small Business Unit. Here a ‘Small Business Unit’ is defined as an enterprise with not more than 500 employees in R&D.
· The Company should have well established in-house R&D unit recognized by Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) or have patent rights (National or International) in the proposed activity.
· The company’s shares should be held to the extent of 51% by the Indian promoters, family and friends and the general public.
· Joint ventures and limited partnerships would be eligible for SBIRI support, provided the entity created meets the above requirements.
In case of projects focused on strategic and critical national needs, the eligibility criteria for a company can be relaxed at the discretion of the Apex Committee of SBIRI.
The scheme covers all areas in biotechnology related to health-care, agriculture, industrial processes and environmental biotechnology, bio-medical devices and instruments, and others.
For deatils click link- http://www.sbiri.nic.in
STREE SHAKTI SUVIDHA KENDRA PROJECT
SAMAJIK SUVIDHA SANGAM
Last date: September 26, 2011
Genpact NASSCOM Social Innovation Honours 2012
LAST DATE- 12TH SEPTEMBER 2011
Spark your innovation with NASSCOM Foundation’s 4th edition of the NASSCOM Social Innovation Honours
NASSCOM Foundation, in association with Genpact opens entries for India’s most impactful social enterprise projects, using technology to solve India’s social and environmental issues.
The awards aim to showcase projects that demonstrate best practices in using Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for social transformation. Entries for the countrywide competition are now open, and with some phenomenal projects having been showcased over the past years, NASSCOM Foundation is expecting to identify path breaking projects to be a part of this awards cycle.
If you think your ‘innovative project’ stands a chance to get this award, this is the time to prove it. Applications are invited from ICT led social innovation projects in the following categories:
o Not-for-profit organization
o For-profit organization as a business model
o For- profit organization through corporate social responsibility
o Government body
o Student concept
o Multi-stakeholder partnership
Eligibility criteria for applying for the Honors:
Organizations/ Departments of Government / Individuals/ Students applying for the NASSCOM Social Innovation Honours should satisfy the following basic criteria:
§ They should be registered Indian entities, or foreign entities with a registered presence in India. The innovation must benefit India, or a community in India
§ The organization should be in existence in India for a minimum of one year
§ The Project / Initiative should have been in existence at least for one year
§ Students can apply as a concept or an idea
More details on eligibility criteria are mentioned on the website.
HOW TO APPLY:
The application form can be filled online on the Honours website: www.nsih.in
LAST DATE to receive the filled application form is September 12, 2011.
For further queries, write to Sneha on email@example.com
or call 022 28328518/19
The Marico Innovation Foundation
Innovation for India Awards' 2012
Last date: September 2nd, 2011.
The Marico Innovation Foundation is pleased to announce its 4th edition of the Innovation for India Awards. Introduced in 2006, this coveted award recognizes and applauds breakthrough innovations. Innovations across India in the Business, Social and Public Services sectors are invited to apply. The applications are evaluated on the basis of a robust evaluation framework around the 3 key essentials of uniqueness, impact & scalability.
The 2012 award categories are:(
Business: Innovation by a business organization; could be of one or more of the following kinds:
Product: Creation of a new product or technology
Process: Development of a new method to improve business processes
Service: Delivering a new service or an existing service in an innovative way
Business model: Evolution or reinvention of a business itself through realignment of its resources and processes Social in Business: Innovation by a business organization focused on social needs of health, education, women rights, poverty etc. for which the value accrues primarily to society Social: Innovation by a social enterprise (profit or non-profit entity) focused on social needs of health, education, women rights, poverty etc. for which the value accrues primarily to society Public Service: Innovation by an independent government body, a public sector undertaking or a public private partnership We also have a special recognition known as the “Global Game Changer” Award. This recognition in the past has been awarded to the recent “greatest innovation” in India, which is not only a ground-breaking global innovation but is also one, which heralds the emergence of a new, bold and ambitious innovative India. Tata Motors for Nano and Bharti Enterprises for the Telecom Revolution in India have been recognized as Global Game Changers in the past. The Awards follow a transparent evaluation system with a Knowledge Partner – Bain & Company and an eminent Jury panel led by Dr R A Mashelkar.
The Application form is now live and the last date of receiving entries is Friday, September 2nd, 2011.
For questions, you may write to us at awards@
(Outreach Partner) - firstname.lastname@example.org / 9198703
Bain & Company (Knowledge Partner) – 0124-493 7365
Manthan Award is a first of its kind initiative in India to recognize the best practices in e-Content and Creativity. It (http://www.manthanaward.org) was launched on 10th October '2004, by Digital Empowerment Foundation in partnership with World Summit Award, Department of Information Technology, Govt. of India, and various other stakeholders like civil society members, media and other similar organisations engaged in promoting digital content inclusiveness in the whole of South Asian nation states for development.
Since then it has come to define the very best in e-Content for development arena in India. Now, after four immensely successful years of holding it within India, the organisers have felt that it's about time it is expanded a bit and its areas of operation now is all of SAARC countries namely India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bhutan & Afghanistan.
So nominations are welcome from all of SAARC countries.Welcome aboard the gLocal journey called Manthan. Welcome one, welcome all.
A BACKGROUND NOTE
The increasing and fruitful use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) is being recognized and acknowledged world over. That ICT is a great tool for development and empowerment is being realized by its various stakeholders. Countries of the world are resorting to use of ICT to better their socio-cultural and economic landscapes in ways feasible and sustainable depending on their ground level situations.
Developed and under developed countries and societies are experiencing the increasing interventions of ICT in various domains of activities. The ICT components increasingly being used for development and empowerment purposes includes computer, Internet, Community Radio, audio-video, and other latest gadgets. Blogging is another new entrant in the ICT domain.
So far ICT is being increasingly used in areas like livelihood, education, employment generation, entertainment, health, environment, sustainable development, ICT literacy, business, commerce, and in other fields. Instances have been reported in large numbers of how ICT has helped and assisted in community empowerment and development, trade and business, education and health and so on. In this entire gamut of ICT exercises credit goes to governments, CSOs, NGOs, individuals and others whose valuable contributions have bore fruit so far and the efforts still continues. So far so good.
IT is not roses all the way in case of ICT and its role in development and empowerment world over. There are increasing reports of digital divide, information poverty, information haves and have/nots, digital gaps, digital poverty which all point to the huge gap in making ICT available to a huge chunk of world population as well as to a huge section within a nation. India fits well into the above dichotomy of digital growth versus digital divide.
It is more than a decade that ICT has seen its vertical as well as horizontal growth in various domains of interventions be it education, health, livelihood, trade and commerce and governance. Both public and private projects and programs have been initiated at the behest of Governments, CSOs, Corporate bodies, individuals using ICT. No doubt such gigantic exercises using ICT for development and empowerment have bore mixed outputs.
There are reports emanating from states in India like Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Uttaranchal, Delhi where ICT has been used in the most utilitarian and quality perspectives. Instances are reported of how individuals and local communities are being empowered and sustained using various ICT tools like Internet, PC, CR and other mediums. Projects like NeGP, Mission 2007, CSCs, Info kiosks run by various bodies and agencies are all leading to an accelerated use of ICT for all round holistic growth and development of India.
Despite all these, the bug of digital divide haunts India. There are cases where ICT has been pumped into those hands and heads wherein the existing environment is either healthier or better of vis-à-vis in those areas wherein even the basic services of ICT is still being deprived in terms of telecom facilities along with power non-availability, no PC penetration, no trace of Internet, no means of traditional technology and so on.
With this the information gap is hurting the community development in the holistic sense. The rich-poor divide is seen to have its reflection in this information and ICT maps as well. With this there is left out huge gap for quality and timely interventions of ICT in those inaccessible, unreachable, alienated lands and communities for their upliftment and empowerment.
It is here Digital Empowerment Foundation could trace its ICT interventions justified and timely.
The ‘Mobiles for Good’ Prize 2011
Vodafone India Foundation
Digital Empowerment Foundation
Last Date- 8th July 2011
The ‘Mobiles for Good’ Prize 2011 recognises and felicitates best Non-Governmental Organisation / Not-for-Profit (NGO/NFP) practices in innovative deployment of mobile applications and usage of content and services to benefit communities.
The Nestlé Prize in Creating Shared Value
Last date- 30th June 2011
Nestlé Prize in Creating Shared Value is awarded in alternate years to an
a non-government organisation (NGO) or a small business to reward
an outstanding innovation
or project in the area of water, nutrition or rural development.
Do you know of an innovative project in nutrition, water or rural development?
Help it scale up by nominating it for the Nestlé Prize in Creating Shared Value.
Nominations are welcome until June 30, 2011. The winning project will benefit from an investment of up to CHF 500 000 (more than USD 480 000).
The Prize is open to individuals, governmental and non-governmental organisations, academia and small enterprises that have developed projects demonstrating:
Specific fields of achievement include, but are not limited to: agriculture, including extension services and use of new technologies; food science and technology; nutrition education programmes; water management; protection of water resources, etc.
Global Development Awards
The Global Development Awards and Medals Competition is an
innovative award scheme launched by GDN, with generous support from the
Ministry of Finance, Government of Japan, and other donors. Since its inception
in 2000, GDN has awarded roughly US$ 2.2 million in research and travel grants
to finalists and winners. Winners are chosen by an eminent jury at GDN’s Annual Global Development Conference; an event attended by over 500
practitioners in the field of development to whom the finalists present their
The competition is held in three categories. Currently, GDN is accepting applications only for the Japanese Award for Most Innovative Development Project (MIDP).
Category 1: Japanese Award for Most Innovative Development Project (MIDP): The Japanese Award for Most Innovative Development Project (MIDP) is a competitive grant program that provides development practitioners the opportunity to compete for grants worth US$ 30,000 to help scale up their innovative project*. The grants are awarded to projects and/or organizations that are carrying out original and path-breaking work in the development field and meet certain set criteria (see below). These projects are not theme based. However, the projects need to contribute to sustainable development.
First Prize: US$ 30,000; Second Prize: US$ 5,000
*The first prize winner is also eligible to compete under the Japan Social Development Fund for an additional grant of up to US$ 200,000 for their work.
• Open to all development projects in Africa, Asia, Commonwealth of Independent States, Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean, Pacific Islands, and the transition economies of Eastern Europe and Central Asia
• The project must be managed by a non-governmental organization with its headquarters in a country in one of the above regions
• The project must have started before June 01, 2010
• Applicants from previous years (except winners) may reapply, but they must update the application to include new aspects of the project
• Winners from previous years cannot submit an application for the subsequent three years
APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 31, 2012 (Indian Standard Time 6:00 PM)
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India’s biggest Cash prize
The “Jindal Prize”
Sitaram Jindal Foundation
Last Date- 30th June 2011
The “Jindal Prize” is instituted by the S J Foundation to accolade
exceptional service of current significance rendered by individuals or
organisations for the welfare of Indian citizens in the country.
Established in 1969, the Foundation is an apolitical, non religious and charitable trust, engaged in the field of education, health and social
service with special emphasis on nature cure. The Foundation, besides extending financial support to other charitable institutions, has also
directly set up several educational institutions and hospitals.The Foundation also assists the poor and deserving students through scholorships.
The Jindal Prize aims at promoting moral values, peace, harmony,
health, education, patriotism, national integration and religious
and at inspiring individuals to serve without motive of personal gain, social or political mileage.
It is expected that the recognition garnered by the Jindal Prize awardees will catalyze their efforts towards social upliftment.
There shall be five Prizes of Rs one crore each, to be conferred annually,
one for each of the following categories.
• The Jindal Prize for Rural Development & Poverty Alleviation
• The Jindal Prize for Health including drugless healing
• The Jindal Prize for Education with emphasis on moral upliftment
• The Jindal Prize for Science, Technology and Environment
•The Jindal Prize for Peace, Social Harmony and Development
The awardees shall be selected by the Jury of eminent and reputed
persons of high integrity through a process independent of
the working of the Foundation.
Process of making nominations for 'Jindal Prize 2011' now open
Last date for receipt of nominations ......................30 June, 2011
Nominations in prescribed format downloadable from the foundation site- http://www.sitaramjindalfoundation.org
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Accepting applications for
‘Access to Learning Award 2012’
Last date- 30th September 2011
each year by the foundation's Global Libraries initiative, the Access to
Learning Award (ATLA) recognizes the innovative efforts of public libraries
or similar organizations outside the United States to connect people to information through free access to computers and the Internet.
Small Grants Programme (SGP),
funded by the
United Nation Development Program (UNDP),
Global Environment Facility (GEF)
The GEF SGP was launched in 1991 by United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to assist developing countries in fulfilling their commitment towards the protection of the global environment. The Programme is sourced with a belief that global environmental problems can only be addressed adequately if local people are involved in planning, decision making and sharing roles and responsibilities at all levels. Even with small amounts of funding communities can undertake activities, which will make "Significant Difference" in their Livelihoods and environment. GEF UNDP SGP is currently working in 114 countries worldwide. The program started in India from the year 1996-1997.
The UNDP and Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), Government of India (GOI) administers Small Grants Programme (SGP). It is being implemented by Centre for Environment Education (CEE) as the National Host Institution (NHI) since September 2000. CEE is a national level institution supported by Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India as a centre of excellence, and affiliated to the Nehru Foundation for Development, Ahmedabad. CEE has its presence felt in all the states and Union Territories of India through a local network of 7 regional offices and 23 field offices across the country. So far SGP has supported 303 projects across various geographical locations across the country and in five thematic areas including Climate Change and biodiversity. The emphasis is more on establishing low cost, low external input and easy to manage technologies and social mechanisms
The program is working through a more decentralized system of Regional offices in order to reach out to remote, un-reached and inaccessible poor areas of the country. It aims to provide a countrywide coverage and to also address the local issues more appropriately leading to better livelihoods of the poor. While the strategy has been very effective in drawing out the NGO's and CBO's to address the issues in a more sustainable matter, it remains to see how we can involve the people's initiatives through the Community Based Organizations (CBO) This demands greater hand holding at the grass root levels and at different stages within the SGP program. CEE has always sensitized the 'evolving processes within the SGP and reflect how it can be continuously improvised'. The Regional Committees are the first level review process in overseeing the effectiveness of the project proposals under the SGP.
Objectives of SGP
Gather lessons, responsive ways of project implementation from community level experiences and initiate the sharing of successful community level strategies and innovations among Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and NGOs, Host
Build partnerships and networks of stakeholders to support and strengthen community, NGOs and state capacities to address global environmental problems enabling sustainable development
Small Grants Programme provides grants to organizations for activities that address local problems with Global effects and offer solutions in areas of:
support by SGP
SGP will normally consider grants up to USD 50,000.for each project. In special cases, where co-financing commitments are more, slightly higher budgets may be considered, if the project activities justify this. More emphasis is placed on leveraging local contributions in-cash and in-kind from communities.
submit a proposal?
Organizations which can submit proposals include
· Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
· Community Based Organizations (CBOs)
Organizations should demonstrate track record, relevant experience and skills in the content area of the proposal/idea.
For details Click - http://www.sgpindia.org
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF MINORITY AFFAIRS
FREE COACHING AND ALLIED SCHEME FOR
CANDIDATES/STUDENTS BELONGING TO THE MINORITY
The Union Ministry of Minority Affairs invites proposals for the year
2011-12 from institutions/centers for providing free coaching/training to
students/candidates belonging to the minority communities notified under
section 2(c) of the National Commission for Minorities Act, 1992 namely
Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Zoroastrians (Parsis) for the
a) Qualifying examinations for admission in technical/ professional
courses such as engineering, law, medical, management, information
technology etc. and language/aptitude examinations for seeking
admission to institutes/universities.
b) Competitive examinations for recruitment to Group ‘A’ , ‘B’ , ‘C’ and
‘D’ services and other equivalent posts under the Central and State
governments including police/security forces, public sector
undertakings, Railways, banks, insurance companies as well as
c) Coaching/training for jobs in the private sector such as in airlines,
shipping, fisheries, information technology (IT), business process
outsourcing (BPO) and other IT enabled services, hospitality, tours
and travels, maritime, food processing, retail, sales and marketing,
bio-technology and other job oriented courses as per the emerging
trend of employment which does not ordinarily exceed nine months.
d) Remedial coaching for technical & professional courses at
undergraduate and post graduate level to improve academic
knowledge and enable the student to catch up with the rest of the class
and complete the course successfully. The remedial coaching will be
imparted by the institute where the student is admitted to pursue
e) Coaching for recruitment of constables and equivalent in police and
forces and railways (for a period of not exceeding five days).
The details of the scheme, including eligibility criteria for
coaching/training institutes and candidates/students, stipend payable to
candidates/students, fee payable to the coaching/training institutes and
application format can be seen and downloaded from the website of the
Ministry of Minority Affairs http://minorityaffairs.gov.in. The application
has to be in accordance with the guidelines. Attention of applicants is invited
to the following specific requirements:-
i. The area of the training/coaching institute should be at least 2000 sq.
ft. to accommodate 3 class rooms and 1 office room.
ii. The institute should have 3 years experience and should have
coached/trained 300 students per year out of which at least 20%
students from the minority communities.
iii. Applications of organisations who have availed funds from this
Ministry upto 2009-10 and have not furnished utilization certificate
upto 15 th July,2011 shall not be entertained
HOW TO APPLY
The coaching/training institutes may submit their complete proposals
in the prescribed application form (Part I & II) alongwith all necessary
documents to the Department of the concerned State Government/Union
Territory administration dealing with minority welfare for onward
transmission to the Deputy Secretary (IM), Ministry of Minority Affairs, 11
th Floor, Paryavaran Bhavan, CGO Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110003.
The coaching/training institutes in the Pvt. Sector are required to submit
their proposals complete in all respect to the concerned State/UT Govt. by
31st May, 2011. The concerned State Department should have the project of
the coaching institute inspected and then forward the proposal with specific
recommendation in the prescribed format (Part III & IV) of the application
form) to the Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India in batches
and not later than 15th July, 2011. The institutes in the government sector
can send their complete proposals in the prescribed application form directly
to the Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India before the
specified date i.e. 15 th July, 2011. Proposals received after the stipulated
date will not be entertained.