Equality, dignity and rights
We envision a society in South Asia where Dalit communities, especially women, live with dignity and have equal opportunity, and social and economic justice.
Accelerating change for equality
The Dalit Foundation has its genesis in the search for institutional support by activists and individuals involved in the Dalit communities struggle for equality.
It was felt that setting up a foundation to focus on segments living in extreme poverty and facing acute caste-based discrimination, would accelerate the process of change in the lives of Dalit communities.
The Foundation would strengthen these communities, with special focus on women. It would support capacity building and networking. Individuals and institutions, both domestic and international, would support the Foundation.
The foundation focuses on areas, especially in northen India, where Dalit concerns need to be addressed. It seeks to support new initiatives led by Dalits in neglected areas, while strengthening existing movements and groups.
Funds are normally allocated as follows:
|Voluntary organizations with an annual budget not exceeding Rs. 10 lakh (large organizations supported in exceptional cases)||5 0%|
|Networking and advocacy||25%|
|Organizations working with tribals and minorities||5%|
|North-Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar||40%|
|East-Jharkhand, Chhattisgarth, Assam, Orissa and West Bengal||20%|
|West-Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Goa||20%|
|South-Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Kamataka and Pondicherry||20%|
Who can apply
( I ) Registered Indian organization which:
(2) Individuals (for fellowship) who:
How to apply
An increasing number of groups and individuals working for Dalit communities are looking for expression. The Dalit Foundation, with its very limited resources, is a partner in fulfilling their aspirations. However, larger initiatives and events can be supported only with the growth of the Foundation. We, therefore, request that you read the eligibility criteria and the application procedure very carefully before you proceed.
The Foundation invites organizations and individuals to submit a proposal idea in the form of a letter of inquiry. The letter should not be more than a page long, and should summaries the background, the project idea, expected results and budget required. Organizations will need to indicate current budget and FCRA status. Grant amounts will not exceed Rs. 3 lakh per year. Within a month, we will inform you whether the idea falls within the Foundation’s priority areas or not.
If the letter of inquiry is accepted, our representative will visit you and you will be asked to formulate a full proposal clearly spelling out the indicators for assessing impact.
The proposal will be independently assessed by a panel of trustees / advisors, and its decision will be final.
The entire assessment process could take between three and four months.
The Dalit Foundation
C-105, Royal Chinmay, Next to Simandhar Tower, Opp. Judges Bungalow, Bodakdev, Vastrapur, Ahmedabad – 380 054, Gujrat
D/25-D, South Extension Part II, New Delhi 110 049 Tel:+91-011-51640929, Fax:+91-011-51643982