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The Reaching & Educating At-risk Children (REACH) India project seeks to attract out-of-school children to the classroom and concurrently enhance the quality of basic education so that it provides a real and valuable incentive for vulnerable children to continue in school. The project aims to achieve the dual goals by strengthening the capacity of Indian NGOs in selected urban and rural areas.


The REACH India initiative is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and complements the Government of India’s Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan or Universal Elementary Education (UEE) Programme.


Project Period and Coverage

REACH India is scheduled to run through till September 2007 and focuses on disadvantaged, vulnerable children both in rural and urban areas. The project will cover Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and parts of Jharkhand, Chhatisgarh and North Kamataka.


Target Group

3 – 14 age group children at risk.


Type of Grants and Assistance

Project funded under the grant must support NGOs working to improve the access, enrollment and retention of vulnerable children in schools or preparing at-risk children for potential entry into the formal education system.


REACH India will provide two types of grants :


  • Direct Service Delivery Grants : REACH India will provide funds and technical assistance to NGOs for direct delivery of educational service to vulnerable children in formal and alternative educational programmes.
  • Capacity Building Support Grants: REACH India will provide funds to enable NGOs to mentor and support grassroots NGOs in providing basic education services to vulnerable children in formal and alternative educational programmes. Organisations receiving Capacity Building Supports Grants will help selected grassroots NGOs in a variety of ways :

(a) Strengthen the organisational and programmatic capabilities of the smaller, grassroots NGOs;

(b) Build networks of local and regional NGOs and through those networks build the capacity of local educational systems; and

(c) Provide sub-grants to the NGOs they are mentoring for direct service delivery.

Example of capacity building include programme and financial management, planning, community development, report writing, proposal writing, performance monitoring and educational services.


Eligibility Criteria to Receive Grant/Support

  • Regn. With Govt. Society/Trust.
  • FCRA.
  • 3 years track record.
  • Working experience with disadvantaged.
  • Having working experience with minimum at least 10 lakh rupees budget per year for last 3 years etc.


How / When to Apply

Region wise applications are invited by REACH India H.Q. (On Invitation).


Any Other Important Information

NGOs of North Kamataka may approach selection process while in Jharkhand, Chhatisgarh, Delhi, Mumbai & Kolkata selection of NGOs is almost completed. This is a project not program – which will be over by September 2007. (For Details Please See the Website)




Postal Address

REACH India, 13 Palam Marg, 2nd and 3rd Floors, Vasant Vihar, New Delhi – 110057

Tel : 91-11.51662317-21, Fax: 91-11-51662322

Email: [email protected]. , Website:


Contact person

Mr. Dennis Gallagher, Chief of Party

Email: [email protected]

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