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Christian Blind Mission International (CBMI)

Christian Blind Mission International (CBMI) is an independent aid organisation of Christians of various denominations, dedicated to serving eye patients, blind and otherwise disabled people in developing countries, regardless of nationality, race, sex or religion.

Christian Blind Mission International has its roots in Christoffel-Blindenmission (CBM) in Germany, which is named in honour of Pastor Ernst Jakob Christoffe , who laid the foundation of CBMI in 1908. Today, CBMI supports around 1000 development projects in more than 100 countries.

Key areas of work

  • Prevention and cure of blindness
  • Education, rehabilitation and reintegration of persons with disabilities.
  • Training of national staff The major project types.
  • Eye hospitals/mobile eye clinics.
  • Education for blind and deaf people.
  • Rehabilitation programmes.
  • Orthopedic clinics.

CBMI supports these projects financially and by seconding qualified employees such as eye doctors, nurses and experts in special education whose foremost task is to train national specialists. Helping others to help themselves is the most promising way to enable developing countries to gradually become independent of foreign aid.

Contact Details :


Nibeiungenstrasse 124,64625 Bensheim, Germany

Tel : +49 (62)51 13 12 00, Fax : +49 (62) 51131249

Email :


CBM ” International

South Asia Regional Office (North), C/o CBM India Trust

C – 23 (First Floor), sector 26, Noida 201 301, UP

Contact ; Mr. John Tressler, Regional Representative

Tel : 0120-24 43 619,621, Fax: 24 43 623

Email : [email protected], [email protected]

Christian Aid

Mission : It believes in “Life before Death”

Brief Introduction

Christian Aid’s purpose is to expose the scandal of poverty and to contribute to its eradication.

It strives to be prophetic, challenging the systems and processes that work against the interests of people who are poor and marginalised.

Christian Aid has supported work in India for over 45 years, and today funds more than 200 projects through 75 local partner organizations.

It works mainly in Rural Areas with dalits (formerly known as ‘untouchables’) adivasis (indigenous people), disadvantaged women, child labourers and bonded labourers and communities living in disaster-prone areas.

Programme Focus

Secure Livelihood • Economic Justice • Accountable Govermence • HIV • Strengthening the Movement for Global Justice • Human Rights (Women Right & Child Rights

Geographical coverage (13 priority states)

Andhra Pradesh • Bihar • Chhattisgarh • Jharkhand • Kamataka • Madhya Pradesh • Maharashtra • Orissa • Rajasthan • Tamil Nadu • Uttranchal • Uttar Pradesh • West Bengal • Gujrat (During Disaster)

However, Christian Aid also supports several national organisations that work throughout India

Cross cutting Generic Priorities

Impact Assistant & Institutional Learning • Advocacy • Capacity

Emergency Preparedness & Mitigation • Inequality & Discrimination

How to Approach

Christian Aid wants to have a concept paper from the grant/support seeking organisation (having FCRA) which may be of 3 to 4 pages writing on organization profile, achievements about the area, problems, proposed approach and organisation next 5 to 6 years perspective plan as a whole.

It look at the concept paper whether it falls under its priority issues/thematic area. Then it contacts for the field visit where organisational rappo in the field, organisational and financial management system, transparency etc are seen. It also takes feed back from the supporting funding agencies, its present partners in the area and its network partners. On the basis of all these processes and findings, it takes decision and if satisfied, invites the detailed proposal. It also helps in developing the proposal.

Generally long term supports are provided but in many cases by giving a support for a year, the progress is observed. In general, 3 years grant are approved – being released in yearly basis. After 3 years, an evaluation is done by external expert, on its basis further support may be given.

Priority Groups

  • We will supported the development of leadership skills among our dalit, adivasi, bonded labour and marginalised women partnerships in rural and urban unorganised sectors;
  • While developing state level policy and programmes we will focus on these groups.
  • We will ensure representation of these groups at all meetings;
  • We will support advocacy efforts for these groups both within India and Internationally.

Priority Issues

Cental to our priorities are the issues that shape the lives of marginalised groups that Christian Aid is committed to. Issues such as food insecurity, lack of entitlement to land, lack of access to health care, safe drinking water, education and credit facilities continue to impoverish the poor, with no means of overcoming them. Through, and with, our partners, we will continue to work at grassroots and policy levels to bring about structural and economic changes that will make a difference in the lives of the poor.

Christian Aid will continue to prioritise organisations that work directly with the poor and those which are involved in research, training, advocacy, lobbying and networking.

It may sometimes be beneficial to form non-financial partnerships with certain organizations for purposes such as advocacy, research or publications.

Contact Details

Christian Aid

India Office

D-25-D, South Extension Part II, New Delhi 110 049

Tel : 01 l-26268068m 71; Telefax: 26268071

Email: [email protected]

(Dr. Belinda Bennet is India Representative as on April 2005)


Head Office: P.O. Box 100. London. SE17RT. U.K.

Childline India Foundation (CIF)

Establishing Childlines in India

CIF works closely with children, NGOs and Government officials prior to the establishment of CHILDLINE. During the preparatory phase, CIF conducts a need assessment study and compiles a resource directory to determine the operational strategy of the helpline.

In addition CIF conducts an intensive in house training workshop with the CHILDLINE team share with them the philosophy and learning’s of the service from across the country.

Facilitating networking and partnerships

CIF closely works with partners in every city towards strengthening a child protection network. CIF work towards this through email based communication with partners on a regular basis and bi-annual visits to the city.

In addition, CIF organizes annual Partnership Meets. These meets provide a forum for the CHILDLINE team members, co-ordinators and directors to share experiences and learn from each other. CIF also co-ordinates ‘twinning’ visits between different CHILDLINEs to encourage in-depth sharing of experiences between team members.

Policy, Research and Documentation

CIF publishes reports on several issues affecting children such as child trafficking, missing children, child rights and the law.

In addition, CIF shares the experiences of CHILDLINE nationally through its monthly newsletters that highlight the calls received and emerging issues. CIF also presents these issues to the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment to assist in the formulation of child friendly policies.

Awareness and Advocacy

CIF is also involved creating a national brand image for the service. It develops innovative awareness materials for CHILDLINE cities to generate awareness about the service and mobilize resources.

Through its awareness campaigns, CIF aims at sensitising the community about child protection issues and the need for a partnership to reach out every child in need of care and protection.

Developing new programmes and services

Based on the national trends that emerge in CHILDLINE cities, the CIF initiates innovative programmes/ services to address the needs. These new services are undertaken by the CIF as experimental projects. It is visualised that based on the success of these projects, the CIF would hand over these projects to other organisations or formalise the same within the CIF.

Contact Information

Contact Person : Kajol Menon (Head, Awareness and Advocacy Deptt.),

Shilpa Ahiuwalia
Address :
2nd Floor, Nana Chowk, Municipal School, Frere Bridge (Low Level), Near Grant Road Station, Mumbai 400 007, Maharashtra, Ph : 23871098/23881098, Fax: 23811098, Email : [email protected]

Contacting Times Foundation, New Delhi : Times Foundation, The Times of India Building, 7, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi 110 002, Ph:+91 II 23302103, Fax:+91 1123319764

Mumbai : Times Foundation, The Times of India Building, Dr. D.N. Road, Mumbai 400 001, Ph : +91 22 22733535, Email: [email protected]


CASA as we know it today was born in 1947 as an expression of Christian concern for human suffering in the wake of disturbances which followed the partition of the country into India and Pakistan. Earlier, CASA was a Committee on Relief and Gift Supplies (CORAGS), In 1967 it emerged as the Christian Agency for Social Action. It’s name was changed to Church’s Auxiliary for Social Action, in 1972. In February 1976, CASA was converted into an autonomous registered voluntary agency. Till late 70’s CASA was a relief organization however the early 80’s saw a marked shift from pure Relief to Relief & Development. In the 90’s CASA’s thrust has shifted from “project” to “process” and from “need based approach” to “issue based approach.”


“CASA’s Vision is inspired by the Christian Faith and values. CASA visualises a society in which peace, justice and equality prevail and wherein all citizens – irrespective of caste, creed language and religion – live in peace and communal harmony. CASA also envisages a society where the poor, the marginalised and the under – privileged have equal opportunity for their involvement in the development process which is value based and sustainable and also have an appropriate environment to develop their fullest potential”.


“CASA actively supports and works towards a just and sustainable society by creating conditions for meaningful and disciplined involvement of all people and their organisations, in the development process which is based on micro approach and involves networking of the organisations at various appropriate levels. CASA also responds to human suffering and distress caused by natural or man-made calamities, in a manner which upholds the dignity of the affected people and enhances their capacity for disaster mitigation and management of the programmes which are in accordance with development principles. In doing all this, CASA

strives to optimise all potential from within the organisation, as well as, its reference community and other partner organisations.”


1. To facilitate empowerment of the poor irrespective of caste, creed, language and religion.

2. To ameliorate the sufferings of the down – troden, marginalised and the weakest sections of society.

3. To bring about a change in the lives of people by involving them in this process of change.

4. To strengthen grassroot capacities by building confidence, problem solving capacities, resilience and skills among local people.

5. To ensure people’s involvement in developing a society wherein peace, justice and equality prevail.


CASA is today operational in almost all States and Union Territories of India through its 4 Zonal and 14 Sector offices having a working strength of more than 700 people.

Development Focus

Health, Women, Children, Education, Rural Development, Socio-economics Development, Net-working, Tribals, Awareness Generation.

Direct Programmes

These programmes, directly implemented, reflect CASA’s philosophy and understanding of development issues and are operationalised in pursuit of the overall Mission and Vision of the organisation.

1. Improvement of Educational Facilities in NEI – supports schools building and hostel construction and renovation in remote and inaccessible areas for the tribal children. The local community contributes 25 percent of the total resource requirement.

2. The Calcutta Slum Development Programme – initiated as a relief operation provides substantial services and builds capacities of the people in slums of Calcutta.

3. Coastal Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu Disaster Relief and Capacity Building Programme – initiated during the 1977 cyclone the programme is operational in 243 coastal villages. It promotes self reliance of people’s organization and networks them for collective action on issue of concern. The program has a sharp focus on “empowerment” through community based disaster preparedness and human potential enhancement.

4. Food for Community Development Programme – serves as a very important tool for providing food to the deprived communities and simultaneously develops assets and community infrastructure at the field level in drought prone areas.

5. Food Security Programme – aims at meeting food security needs at the individual, family and community level through ensuring continuous access to food by the people. The program is operational in tribal areas of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.

6. The North East India Development Programme is operational in 5 North Eastern states at 22 locations and covers 491 villages. The programme works for consolidation of village level organisations, district level committees of people and NGOs. This has initiated actions and research on important but unique local issues. It enhances women’s participation in decision making process, facilitates building and strengthening of existing village leadership; networking of village organisations, and promotes and strengthens co-operation and networking amongst voluntary organisations in the north-east.

7. Maharashtra Earthquake rehabilitation Programme – initiated after the Maharashtra earthquake is being implemented in 8 village of Latur and Osmanabad districts. Besides construction of houses, the program also focuses on total social economic rehabilitation of the people.


The programmes of CASA are undertaken with the close co-operation of its constituencies i.e. the people, NGO’s Churches & Government at various levels.

Partnership of CASA with other NGO’s is based on an understanding that the goals, objectives and methods employed will be based on an equal relationship, mutual openness, transparency and respect for the general conditions and framework in which each partner is working.

Package Programme

In this cooperation model, CASA takes on the role of a development promotion organisation that enables and assists a group of NGOs in their effort towards participatory and sustainable-development based on justice and equity.

The co-operation aims at working collectively in a contiguous area on issues combining development activities at the grassroot level as well as concerted efforts to address issues at a wider level. Facilitating a process of democratic planning and decision making thereby enabling the people to become the owners of their efforts is the key to this association.

Creating local forums and platforms of people’s organisations for discussion and sharing of experiences to lead to joint action planning and building up of networks in deprived areas is another dimension of the partnership.

The partners in the on going three packages setup a forum constituted by representatives from all Project Implementation Organisations (PIOs) as well as representatives of CASA. The Forum is the vehicle for collective accountability through monitoring and continuous review and feedback. These fora decide about initiating actions beyond the programme areas on issues of common concern.

  • The package programme in Rajasthan for instance is operational in the districts of Jaipur, Sawaimadhopur Jodhpur and Udaipur. The partners, in addition to their planned specific interventions, collectively intervene on the issue of the 73rd Constitutional Amendment through involvement in pre, during and post election phase.
  • The involvement ranges from information dissemination during the pre-election phase to training and skill development of the elected representatives during the post election phase.
  • The package in Bihar and Orissa addresses the issues of tribals – land, water forest and gender. The forum is beginning to specify the issues within the broad areas identified by its members.
  • The package programme in Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh has 14 partners of which 6 are in H.P. and 8 are in U.P. The planned activities carried out are related to promotion of agriculture and social forestry, promotion of income generating activities, community organisation and capacity building. Special focus of the intervention is on Women’s empowerment and the 73rd Constitutional Amendment. A MOUNTAIN FORUM, has been constituted by the PIOs.
  • The package programmes in Madhya Pradesh and Bihar have 15 partners each working in the tribal areas. The partners have come together to work collectively on the issue of loss of tribal identity. The partnership addresses issues related to land, forest, water and gender in the context of tribal community. A forum has also been created by the partners in each state.

A new package programme in Rajashtan has been initiated which has 18 partners working collectively focusing on the issue of Natural Resources Management.

Issue Based Intervention

In addition to its direct and partnership programmes, CASA’s intervention on issues of contemporary relevance is beginning to catch up with its mainstream activities. These programmes, implemented directly and in partnership, are in line with CASAs philosophy and the overall Mission and Vision of the organisation.

Panchayati Raj

Ever since the country’s constitution was amended the 73rd time, CASA has been in the fore front in taking up activities related to the new Panchayati Raj Act. In line with CASA’s policy of empowering people, irrespective of sex, caste and creed, the Act provided ample opportunities for the organization to take-up awareness and policy-related interventions on the subject. This it has done effectively from holding national level consultations to organising village-level meetings.

Gender Justice

Gender Justice has become one of the underlying principles of sustainable development. In all programmes areas of CASA, women are organised at village, cluster, regional and state levels to form forums and federations for collective action. The activities are initiated which lead to restoration of women’s self image, enhancement of their confidence, providing them with space to come together as a group giving them access to credit and markets, building their abilities to handle finances, ownership of productive assets, resistance to exploitation and bargaining for gender equity.

Human Rights

The unjust social order has led to a socio-economic divide based on caste and class. A majority of women, children, tribals and dalits are marginalised and oppressed, their very right to survival with dignity is at stake. Protection and promotion of their rights form the crux of CASA’s intervention on Human Right Issues. The activities include legal literacy and legal aid camps in order to create access to justice for the poor.

CASA involves the people, churches, partner agencies, government bodies and like minded individuals in the struggle. Social mobilisation is done through mass programmes like rellies, dhamas on critical issues identified. Lack of minimum wages, social evils like alcoholism, child labour, violence against women, exploitation of labour, food security as human rights are some of the issues on which collective action is currently being facilitated.


Sushant Agarwal

Director, CASA

Rachna Building, 2, Rajendra Place, Pusa Road, New Delhi – 110008, India

Tel : 00-91-11-25730611, E-mail: [email protected] Website :

Caritas India


Formation of a Just and Sustaining Social Order, where Gospel Values of Love, Equality and Peace are Nurtured and Lived


Restore the Human Dignity of the Poor and Marginalised through an Empowerment Process.

What Caritas India aspires to do ?

  • Alleviate human suffering and misery in a spirit of Charity and Human Compassion.
  • Give concrete expression to Christian love in humanity, so that all persons may individually and collectively grow into that fullness of humanity at creation.
  • Educate people and make them conscious and concerned about justice, cooperation and
  • self-reliance.

How is it realized ?

  • Empower local communities to initiate and sustain their own humanization process.
  • Promote the growth & development of local & regional structures.
  • Advocate grass-root level people’s Organizations towards social justice, peace and total human development.

Caritas India is established on 1st October 1962 as CATHOLIC CHARITIES INDIA (CCI). It started with one man in a single room in CBCI, New Delhi. In 1969, CCI became CARITAS INDIA Today, it is present all over India through its 12 Regional offices and hundreds of local counterparts : Regional Fora, DSSS & NGO partners.

During the year 2003-2004 Caritas India approved a total 782 projects, 142 form programme support services, 464 under decentralization, 47 for CBR, 70 for immediate relief to victims of natural climates, 25 for Rehabilitation and 34 for Envn. management programme.

Programme Support Services (PSS)

Critas India extends programme/project support to Diocesan Social Service Societies, non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) and Community-Based Organisations (CBO) for animation, development and institutional support services. The primary thrust of Caritas India is empowerment process through formation of People’s Organizations, hence, community educative programmes receive a priority.

Caritas India supports the following programme :

  • Educative programmes to generate awareness of the actual situations, capabilities, rights and responsibilities of the focus groups; and facilitate programmes suited to the socio-cultural conditions of the target groups, with in built methodologies for on going awareness and development of community based organization.
  • Promotional programmes to build community-based organizations, among the under privileged oppressed and marginalised sections of the society and promote community level cooperative ventures.
  • Culture specific needs and growth of the target group and generate local leadership to achieve self-reliance, social/gender equity and collective growth.
  • Community based rehabilitation of street children, physical and mentally challenged individuals, durg addicts, sex works and their children & victims of sex trafficking.


Decentralization has been an important strategy in the organization since 1996. Through this, the local partners screen and decide for the micro-projects as well as implement and monitor them This is a single-window operation through decentralized structures for decision-making. Local projects selection committees called “Deiocesan Projects Selection Committees” (DPSCs) are formed at the level of every Social Service Society and are structurally linked to Caritas India This approach has a triggering effect on village communities to work for their own development.

Decentralization Scheme

The Decentralization Scheme is one of the most popular programmes of Caritas India. The primary stakeholders of Caritas India are keen that it is continued. However, Carita India is facing severe constraints due to resources-crunch. Therefore, it has been discussed and debated during the year at zonal levels and at the level of the Partners to discover new approaches. An in depth analysis and search for alternatives occupied the center-state of organisation’s interaction with the partners.

CBR: Community Based Rehabilitation

With a community oriented approach, CBR supports the social integration and long term improvement of the situation of persons with disabilities towards their self reliance.

CBR’s focus is on prevention and early diagnosis, community based rehabilitation (medical, educational and vocational rehabilitation), public awareness raising, campaigns and lobbying as well as self-organisation and networking of disabled persons. The CBR office is located at Bangalore.

Human and Institutional Development Services

  • Human and Institutional Development Services (HIDS) in Caritas India are aimed at
  • Enhancing the competency of individuals and organizations in human development.
  • Promoting empowerment process by collective learning, intense dialogue & reflection.
  • Organizing and conducting regular capacity building events and expose.
  • Facilitating internal capacity building at the central office and field levels.

HIDS promotes Capacity Building among local counterparts in order to :

  • Increase effectiveness of the people-based development interventions of the partner organizations, mainly in the sustainable empowerment process of the poor and marginalised.
  • Build communities / local institutions of the primary stakeholders for social transformation through local leadership formation and networking.

Our Focus

  • Capacitation of the personnel of the partner organizations in knowledge, skill, conviction and commitment for promoting people based programmes.
  • Support the partners in the institution building process.
  • Facilitate networks among partners at regional level.

Major Capacity Building Programmes :

  • Development Dynamics Course (DDC)
  • ntegrated Development Communications (IDC)
  • Training of Trainers (TOT)
  • Gender Perspectives in Development
  • Environmental Management – Monitoring & Evaluation
  • Micro Finance
  • Organizational Development (OD) & Strategic Planning (SP)
  • Process Documentation and Research Methods
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Community Based Disaster Preparedness (CBDP)
  • Financial Management
  • Application of Sphere standards

Gender and Development: Since 1987

Enhancement of women’s role as agents of change is the key strategic policy for changing gender relations and rebuilding societies with greater social and economic justice,. Strategic efforts are being made at national and international levels to facilitate changes that will bring in a greater representation of women at all levels of decision making structures.

Objective :

The main objective of Critas India’s Gender Desk is to encourage and support initiatives of deprived and marginalised groups towards sustainable development and gender equity in terms of access to resources, benefits and decision making processes.


Caritas India’s working approach is progressively taking account of the relationship between gender and development in most of its projects and programmes. Enhancing women’s capabilities and identifying interventions that can have rippling effects.

  • Self Help Strategy is a prime example of a strategic gender intervention that can generate effects across many areas of women’s existence.
  • Caritas India strives to focus explicitly on gender to improve the integration of gender in its activities and to make the partner organisations more gender sensitive.

Future initiatives :

Impact / assessment studies in the area of gender relations to improve the planning and implementation of development programmes from a gender perspective.

  • Support programmes for capacity building of partner NGOs on organisational analysis and gender.
  • Policy advocacy through analysis and evaluation.
  • Gender sensitisation as a component to increase gender awareness.
  • Streamlining of methods and tools for social and gender analysis.

Future Concern

  • Gender Policy formation.
  • Continuous Capacity Building Programmes on anti-trafficking and strategizing the interventions through our local partners.
  • Develop Gender Sensitive Indicators in the animation projects and programmes, evolved through gender analysis
  • Networking with other partners at local / national / international level.

Environment & Disaster Management Services (EDMS)

EDMS department is responsible for responding to the natural and man-made disaster by providing humanitarian assistance. Promotion of natural resource management programmes is a pro active and long-term strategy of the organisation. Further Caritas India’s emphasis is on environment management and disaster preparedness, while providing relief and rehabilitation.

Response of Caritas India to Major National Disasters is immediate through relief assistance. Our Rehabilitation programmes are executed with participatory approach in collaboration with local Governments in order to ensure that Disaster Response leads to long term development of the affected communities.

The landmarks in Disaster Response have been : Bangladesh Refugee relief in 70s, Maharashtra Earthquake Rehibilitation (1993-1998), Orissa Super Cyclone Relief and Rehabilitaion (1999-2003), Gujarat Earthquake Relief and Rehabilitation (2001 onwards) Assistance is extended also to victims of natural and man-mae calamities

Pro-Active Approach to Disasters and Environmental Protection:

“The poor can be served better by proper management of environment rather than by relief and rehabilitation measures carried out after natural disasters arising out of mismanagement of the environment”- the pro-poor environmental management policy of Caritas India 1995 Caritas India extends support to community based disaster preparedness, watershed management and other people centred environment-related projects towards conservation of natural resources as well as bio-diversity. Due attention is given to Capacity Building in this sector.

Institutionalisation of Sphere Standards

Caritas India is one of the pilot agencies promoting Sphere standards based on humanitarian charter and minimum standards in Disaster response. It aims at facilitating and ensuring that humanitarian charter and minimum standards are respected in order to foster the dignity of the victimized people. Caritas is committed to institutionalising sphere standards in Disaster Response.

Community Based Disaster Preparedness

Caritas India’s is supporting the pilot initiative in West Bengal in Community Based Disaster Preparedness (CBDP) programme. Further, with the assistance of the German Foreign Ministry and Caritas Germany, we are planning to support the next phase of the programme through 10 implementing partners, coordinated by the Regional Forum. Caritas India also initiated this process in Andhra Pradesh and the programme is in the final stage of approval. We intend to take up this initiative in the Coastal areas of Andhra, coordinated by the Andhra Regional Form. Plans are on to initiate this process in Assam, Bihar and Orissa during the next financial year. (From Annual Report 2003-2004)

Caritas India considers itself as steward of all the resources entrusted with it. Towards this, Caritas India commits itself to transparent, clear and comprehensive finance management.

Financial Management Services

Caritas India developed a finance manual so that all procedures, practices and systems help the organisation to strive for high standards of transparency and accountability.

Caritas India also gives training to the partners in India as well as in Asia on efficient finance management.

The Finance Advisory Committee of Caritas India and the expert consultant renders information on the changes in the laws governing finance from time to time.

International Partnerships Caritas Internationalis

As the official organization of the CBCI, Caritas India is a member of Caritas Intemationalis (International Confederation of Caritas Organizations) and through their membership, has consultative status with ECOSOC, UNICEF, UNESCO, ILO & FAO of the United Nations.

Caritas Asia:

Caritas Asia is a confederation of Caritas Associations in Asia serving 38 countries and terror ties in which Caritas India is a member.

Asia Partnership for Human Development (APHD)

Caritas India is also a member of the Asia Partnership for Human Development.

Collaborators of Caritas India

Caritas India works in collaboration with Diocesan Social Service Societies and NGOs in the country. Caritas India works within the framework of national plans, needs and priorities in collaboration with the Central and State Governments at various levels.

Caritas India partners network

Caritas Australia, Caritas Austria, Caritas Belgica, Cordaid (Netherlands), Catholic Funds of Overseas Development (CAFOD-UK), Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCOD), Coady International (Canada), Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Catholic Overseas Aid Committee (New Zealand), COR UNUM (Vatican), Catholic Women’s Movement (KFO/KJO/DKA-Austria), Caritas Germany, Caritas Norway, Caritas Italy, Caritas Luxem bourg, Misereor (Gemany), Caritas Denmark, Caritas Spain, Manos Unidas (Spain), Secours Catholique (France), Caritas Switzerland, Caritas Poland, Caritas Gipuzkoa (Spain), Caritas Japan including the 163 member countries which form the worldwide family of Caritas Intemationalis.

EU Partnership Caritas India is also working in close collaboration with European Union.

Private Donors

Individuals and small groups who contribute to Caritas are also participating in the partnership of Caritas.

Caritas India Regional Offices

Andhra Pradesh Region

Caritas India Regional Office

Fatima Nilayam – HASSS Building

C.o. Archbishop’s House, Sardar Patel Road

Secunderabad – 500 003 – Andhra Pradesh

Tel: 040 27807469

E-mail: [email protected]

Bihar – Jharkhand – Andamans

Caritas India Regional office

Catholic Charities, P.B. No. 5, Purulia Road

Ranchi 834001 – Jharkhand

Tel: 0651-2301475

Email: [email protected]


Caritas India Regional office

I st Cross, Vivekananda Nagar

Maruthi Seva Nagar P.O., Bangalore 560033 –


Tel : 080 – 25460866

Email: [email protected]


Caritas India Regional office

XL/4350, 1st Floor, Lucky Star Bidg. Market Road

Emakulam College P.O., Kochi 682035 – Kerala

Tel 048 24363012

Email: [email protected]

Madhya Pradesh – Chhattisgarh

Caritas India Regional office

SevaSadan, 1250 quarters

Tulsi Nagar, Bhopal 462 003 – Madhya Pradesh

Tel.:0755 2765493

Email: [email protected]


Csritas India Regional office

CBCI Centre

Ashok Place, (Gole Dak khana). New Delhi 110001


Email: [email protected]

Notthern East

Caritas India Regional office

B.P.O. Box. No. 299

Social Forum (NEDSF), Joipur – Kharghuli

Guwahati 781004 – Assam

Tel: 03612634155

Email: [email protected]


Laritas India Regional office

Plot No. 224 – 255, Unt III

Kharvel Nagar

Bhubaneswar 751001

Tel: 0674 2406689

fcmail: [email protected]

Tamil Nadu

Caritas India Regional office

Zach’s Enclave, A3, II Avenue, Anna Nagar

Chennai 600 102 – Tamil Nadu

Tel: 044 26268311

Email: [email protected]

Uttar Pradesh – Uttaranchal

Caritas India Regional office

St. Mary’s Church, 66, Varanasi Cantt

Varanasi 221002 – Uttar Pradesh

Tel: 0542 2346614

Email: [email protected]

West Bengal

Caritas India Regional office

52 – D, R.No.chowdhury Road

Calcutta 700015 – West Bengal

Tel 033 23291926

Email: [email protected]

Western Region

Caritas India Regional office

4, Namita Apts, I st floor

38, Kevni Everest Road, Off Caesar Road

Amboli Andheri (W), Mumbai 400058 –

Maharashtra, Tel: 022 26121647

Email: [email protected].



CARE has worked in India for 54 years. We focus our poverty-fighting efforts on the most vulnerable populations: those who are in danger of malnutrition, who are in distress after natural disasters, who are not in formal schools and who are excluded from mainstream society. Within these groups, CARE works primarily with poor women and girls.

CARE’S programmes are in the areas of nutrition, health and HIV/AIDS, social and economic development and emergency response.

In 2003, CARE’S programmes reached more than six million poor and vulnerable people across 11 states in India.


We see an India where vulnerable people realise their aspirations for a better life in a better community. CARE commits to this by being a catalyst and innovator in relief and development, valued by all, striving for excellence.


CARE’S mission in India is to facilitate lasting change in the well-being and social position of vulnerable groups, especially women and girls.

We are guided by our core values – respect, integrity, commitment, excellence and diversity –to ensue that our internal behaviours and relationships fully support our external programming and promote organisational learning.

Strategic Directions

CARE is committed to the following strategies accross all its projects:

  • Achieving active community participation in program design and execution.
  • Establishing effective partnerships and alliances
  • Demonstrating sustainable impact.
  • Achieving balanced growth
  • Creatively using food as a resource
  • Developing Advocacy
  • Evolving diverse organisational structures to meet new and existing program opportunities
  • Establishing a responsive and supportive organisational structure.

Our Programmes

Programming Principles

We hold ourselves accountable for enacting behaviours consistent with these principles and ask others to help us do so, not only in our programming but also in all that we do :

  • Promote empowerment
  • Work with Partners
  • Ensure accountability and promote responsibility
  • Addressing discrimination
  • Promote the non-violent resolution of conflicts
  • Seek sustainable results.

Programme Focus

We draw on our experience and collaborative relationships to address the underlying causes of poverty and social injustice through:

  • Increasing representation and participation in local governance
  • Influencing critical policies, programmes and servicesUsing rights-based approaches, CARE supports efforts that address gender discrimination and local governance in India.

Technical Focus

Nutrition, Health and HIV/AIDS

CAE fosters community empowerment; awareness of rights; strategic alliances with the government and non-governmental organisations; behaviour change communication; appropriate health and nutrition technologies; replication of best practices; knowledge-sharing; and advocacy.


CARE facilitates the provisioning of comprehensive financial services to enable poor clients, particularly women, in reducing their vulnerability in asset accumulation and in incremental house-hold cash flows. CARE also works towards supporting an enabling environment and policy frame-work that helps the poor access resources, services and markets equitably.

Basic Education

CARE strives to address the discrimination uniquely faced by girls in relation to basic education. For this, CARE works towards addressing the social exclusion of girls and issues of relevant and quality education. The programme aims to anable women and girls to better participate in decisions that affect their lives.

Disaster Preparedness and response

CARE builds the capacity of communities to cope with natural and man-made disasters by working with local partners (both government and non-governmental organisations) in disaster preparedness and response.

Urban Development, Tribal Development, Agriculture & Natural Resources, Girls Education.

Urban Development

At the turn of the new millennium, India’s urban population is about 290 million people, which works out to about a third of the population. This figure is projected to grow at the rate of about 3 percent per year in the next decade. By the year 2025, 50% of India’s population is expected to be living in urban areas.

Although urbanization is often associated with increasing national production and higher levels of per capita GDP, poverty remains a persistent feature of urban life, both in terms of income and living conditions. Urban poverty in fact emerges as a more complex phenomenon than rural poverty, with aspects of environmental degradation, inadequate planning and management of urban resources, mismanaged investments in technology as well as insufficient mobilization of communities. Equally notable is the mental and psychosocial divide between the poor and the not so poor, ridden with misconceptions and a lack of understanding of what comprises poverty or vulnerability.

Recognizing these trends. CARE has expanded its portfolio to include new strategies in urban areas. The PLUS project in Delhi, launched in January 2000, is one of CARE’S new initiatives in this direction.

Tribal Empowerment

The tribal communities of Andhra Pradesh are amongst the poorest and most deprived. The Sustainable Tribal Empowerment Project (STEP) is an integrated process oriented project that will work with the tribals to significantly improve health, education, income and food security. This achieved through the establishment and strengthening of relevant community based organizations (CBO’s) with the capacity to plan and manage the tribals own development agenda.

The tribals are encouraged to play a greater role in their own development by helping them choose from a variety of options and partners that can help them improve their livelihood. The projects will have a participatory focus on the communities themselves. In addition, the government and local NGO’s will be involved in project identification, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Women will form a particular focus of the project activities.

STEP is a 7 year project, funded by European Commission, and will target 200,000 tribal house-holds. The project will be implemented in the tribal areas of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Vishakhapatanam and East Godavari.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) form the basis for livelihood security of more than 70 percent of the Indian population, among who are the largest concentrations of poor in the world. CARE’S commitment to optimie the natural resource-based livelihood security of vulnerable rural communities is reflected in its development strategy of community action on conservation and development.

In Fiscal Year 2001, CARE’S Agriculture & Natural Resource programme drafted a sector strategy and initiated the Western Orissa Rural Livelihoods project. This project is a “watershed plus” project in which CARE is engaged in capacity building and project management with Natural Resource International as the lead. The project covers four districts of Orissa spanning 290 watersheds over its 10 year period. In Orissa, CARE’S Agriculture and Natural resources programme has also been helping marginal farmers and fisher folk restore food production after the cyclone, thereby also improving employment, income generation and asset creation.

In the earthquake affected region of Gujarat, CARE’S priorities include repair and reconstruction of community and individual infrastructure like tanks and wells, water conservation and dry land agriculture development including livestock, and local institution building for sustainable livelihood security initiatives including grain and fodder banks and value addition CARE also provided high quality seeds of milet, sorghum, sesamum, gram and groundnut to people in earth-quake hit kutch, who were also suffering from long-term drought.

CARE is working in partnership with the International Center for Research in Semi Arid Tropics (ICISAT), promoting crop management and working on renewable and non-renewable sources of energy in the states of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Orissa. CARE also works in partnership, with the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) towards the sustainable development of local water resources for food security in rural areas.

Girl’s Education

In India, about 23 million boys and 36 million girls are out of school.

CARE believes that female education impacts directly on the traditional balance of power within households, communities and societies. It recognizes that education has a vital role to play in achieving sustainable improvements in the socio-economic status and self-reliance of low-in-come families.

CARE believes in quality formal schooling, as they are primarily responsible for reaching education to all children. CARE has demonstrated alternative schooling models to help reach the unreached children in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.

The goal of CARE’S education sector is to meet the basic educational needs and requirements of vulnerable children, especially girl’s and children from disadvantaged groups.

CARE girl’s education sector supports and compliments the Government of India’s goal of Education.

Contact Us


27, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi – 110 016

Tel: (011) 2656 4101, 2696 9770

Fax: (011) 2656 4081, 2652 9671

E-mail : [email protected]

Andhara Pradesh

6-3-608/1, Khairatabad, Anand Nagar Colony,

Hyderabad – 500 004

Tel: (040) 2331 3998, 2339 6379, 2332 4821, 23314390

Fax: (040) 2332 3441

E-mail: [email protected]


H. No. 100, Road No. IE, New Patiputra

Colony, Patna-800013

Tel: (0612) 309 6926


35/1566, Arvind Nagar, Byron Bazar,


TEI: (0771) 505 3070, 505 3071, 2422529, 2422442

Fax: (0771) 505 3070, 505 3071

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84/1, Swastic Society, Behind City Centre,

Off. G. Road, Navrangpura,


Tel: (079) 30925122, 33330002


3 81 -A, Road No. 4, Ashok Nagar,

Ranchi – 834 002

Tel: (0651 ) 224 6002, 224 6003, 2245784, 2245785


E-mail: [email protected]

Madhya Pradesh

Nishat Manzil, Shamla Hills, Bhopal – 462 013

Tel: (0755)266 1462, 266 1356


E-mail: [email protected]


372, Sahid Nagar, Bhubaneswar – 751 007

Tel: (0674)251 4645, 250 7176, 251 8546


E-mail: [email protected]


D-148, A/2, Durga Marg, Bani Park,


Tel:(0141)2202975, 2206551, 5102027, 5113091


E-mail: [email protected]

Uttar Pradesh

B-718, Sector C, Mahanagar,

Lucknow – 226 006

Tel : (0522) 233 4436, 238 3570, 2389043, 2381660, 2381661

Fax: (0522) 2334436, 2383570, 238 9043

E-mail: [email protected]

West Bengal

45,5th Floor, Jhowtala Road

Kolkata – 700 019

Tel: (033) 2281 3980, 2281 4174, 22814175, 22814176

Fax: (033) 2281 3980, 2281 4174, 22814175, 22814176

E-mail: [email protected]

CAPART – Council for Advancement of People’s Action and Rural Technology

CAPART is an autonomous society under the Ministry of Rural Development, established in 1986 to promote voluntary action towards implementation of projects for the enhancement of rural prosperity and to act as a catayst for development of technologies appropriate for the rural areas. Over the years, CAPART has assisted a large number of NGOs for implementation of variegated projects. CAPART’s assistance is spread over all parts of the country embracing diverse categories of schemes under Public Cooperation (PC), Organization of Beneficiaries, dissemination of Rural Technologies. Watershed Development and for people under Disability categories.

Re-engineering of CAPART

In order to achieve its larger objectives and perform the tasks assigned to it, CAPART has to reengineer its role and re-position itself appropriately to deal with the rural NGO sector in consonance with the hopes and aspirations of the people represented by this sector. Accordingly, the new Vision, Mission and revised set of Objectives of CAPART were considered and adopted by the Executive Committee and General Body of CAPART in their meetings held on 19th January, 2005.


The Vision of CAPART is to play a dynamic and catalytic role with the various GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES AND NGOs, influence public policy and contribute its share towards the may-sided development of Rural India.


The Mission of CAPART is to work in close coordination with rural NGOs and empower them by:

Engaging them in dialogue.

Respecting their thoughts and ideas.

Listening to their voice.

Harnessing their resources.

Funding their activities.

Strengthening their hands, particularly the women, the weaker sections of society and the disabled and other underprivileged sections of rural society, and

Walk hand-in-hand with them on the road to rural properity.

Reclassified Programs and Schemes to be supported by CAPART in the context of its revised set of Goals and Objectives.

In response to the suggestions and ideas put forward by the NGOs during the Regional Meetings and in the light of experience gathered in the implementation of different categories of projects and having regard to innovation, flexibility and local needs and requirements called for on the part of CAPART, it is proposed to classify the schemes for assistance from CAPART under six broad categories. All these programmes being presently implemented by CAPART and those proposed to be undertaken in view of the new Vision and Mission are now part of these six reclassified categories. These reclassified categories of schemes have been worked out in such a way by retaining the existing schemes and also adding new schemes and bringing about rationalisation and concentrated focus under each category on one important dimension or other in the area of rural development. Above all, it should be mentioned here that CAPART will henceforth have a special scheme exclusively for rural women, SC/ST and disadvantaged and disabled categories of people for empowering them under the aegis of NGO action.

The reclassified programmes and schemes are :

1. Natural Resource Development and Management (NRDM)

2. Rural Industrialization, Income Generation and Market Access (RIIMA)

3. Technologies for Rural Development and Promotion of Information Technology (TRO & PIT)

4. Rural Infrastructure Development Scheme (RIDS)

5. Scheme for Empowerment of Rural Women, SC/ST and Disadvantaged Groups and for Persons with Disabilities (PWD) in rural areas.

6. Human Resource Development Scheme (HRDS)

Main Characteristics of the Programmes and Schemes of CAPART

The changing guiding principle for funding is “Fund only those carefully selected ones who have done or have the potential of doing outstanding work in the empowerment and welfare of the disadvantaged”. Selection of such NGOs will be based on the objective assessment by CAPART and the concerned NSCs/RCs, keeping in view their ability to capitalise and underscore the intrinsic system of rural society and the rural poor.

The other aspect which CAPART laid emphasis on is “to reach out to the smaller NGOs and those working in remote areas who require hand holding and guidance in order to get access to CAPART assistance”.

It may be added here that CAPART’s main role is to support innovation and to publicise successful interventions by the voluntary sector to the wider world.

It is necessary to stress that implicit in the aforesaid objectives of CAPART is the philosophy that CAPART projects will be based on a holistic approach to rural development integrating various development activities for achieving the goals of preservation of bio-diversity and environment, enhancement of bio-mass production, social safety network, gender equity, rural health and education, revival of traditional knowledge and technologies and harnessing of locally available renewable sources of energy with the objective of making villages self-sufficient in energy requirements.

Details of the six classified Programmes & Schemes funded by CAPART

Nomenclature of the six classified Programme & Schemes there under for which CAPART assistance will be available

1. Natural Resource Development and Management (NRDM)

2. Rural Industrialization, Income Generation and Market Access (RIIMA)

3. Technologies for Rural Development and Promotion of Information Technology (TRD & PICT)

4. Rural Infrastructure Development Scheme (RIDS)

5. Scheme for Empowerment of Rural Women; SC, ST & Disadvantaged groups and for Persons with Disabilities (PWD) in rural areas

6. Human Resource Development Scheme (HRDS)

Specific projects that could be formulated for CAPART assistance under the six classified programme and schemes

1. Natural Resource Development and Management (NRDM)


Development of land & traditional water resources

Conservation of soil and run-off water through various means

Promotion of moisture retention technologies

Promoting lift irrigation on riverbed

Development and exploitation of natural springs

Exploitation of ground water for irrigation

Roof water collection for recharging and drinking water

Water management

Development of environment through the promotion of social forestry

Farmers training and demonstration

Farmers exchange programme

Refinement of existing skills

Irrigation and land based development programmes for small and marginal farmers

Seed production and certification

Promotion of sustainable agriculture (to include promotion of composting, bio-pesticides post harvest technologies)

Fodder development & promotion programmes

Intervention during calamity for implementation of long term development programmes of rehabilitations and settlement.

II. Rural Industrialization, Income Generation and Market Access (RIIMA)

To focus on economic empowerment of rural entrepreneurs, optimize their productive efforts, facilitate marketing strategies designed to benefit them in the era of free exports and imports and global competition.

To promote market research, identification of areas of development and products relevant to rural areas.

Refinement/upgradation of prevailing skills through training to compete in the market.

Promotion of the establishment of Household, Village and Community Enterprises.

To take up Entrepreneurship Development Programmes.

To establish common infrastructural service centers to promote networking on design development, product diversification, sharing of expertise, standardization, branding, packaging and marketing.

To promote marketing efforts in association with the KVIC, trade associations etc. for the national market.

To set up rural godowns, haats and showrooms under the aegis of NGOs/SHGs and encourage them to take equity in these ventures and emerge in the process as promotes of value-added marketing facilities and ventures in their own areas and future establishment of rural stock exchanges in close collaboration with NABARD, SIDBI and other commercial banks.

To organize Gram Shree Melas, Buyers Seller Meets, Workshops, interactive sessions, etc. at the local regional and national level on expanded scale by establishing wherever necessary and feasible, permanent facilities for organizing these melas.

To facilitate direct exports, assistance will be provided to the potential NGOs/SHGs by introducing market access initiative schemes and market development assistance schemes on a sample basis with CAPART funding.

To encourage export efforts of the NGOs/SHGs on a sustainable basis, facilitate establishment of linkages between NGOs/SHGs with the concerned Export Promotion Council, export related agencies and associations and commodity boards of the Ministry of Commerce. Endeavour will be made to provide training opportunities

for the NGOs/SHGs under the HRD Schemes of CAPART by involving resource personnel from IIFT, NIFT, NID, Indian Institute of Packaging, banking institutions and other appropriate agencies.

Promotion of sustainable agriculture (to include promotion of composing, bio-pesticides, post harvest technologies)

Fodder development and promotion programmes

Intervention during calamity for implementation of long term development programmes of rehabilitation and resettlement

Organising aggressive publicity campaign and strategic marketing initiatives for popularizing and positioning of the products of the NGOs/SHGs in the national as well as in the international markets.

III. Technologies for Rural Development & Promotion of Information Technology (TRD & PIT)

To act as national nodal point for coordination of all efforts in development and dissemination of innovative technologies relevant to rural areas;

To act as a catalyst for development of technology appropriate for rural areas by identifying and funding sharply focused and need-based projects;

To act as a clearing house of information and build up a data bank of technologies for rural areas;

To facilitate validation of proven technologies for commercialization.

To acts as a conduit for transfer of appropriate rural technologies to voluntary agencies, Government departments, public sector undertakings and members of public;

To create a network of Voluntary Organizations on a regional basis which could understand and then carry forward the thrust of rural technology to the rural areas

To assist Voluntary Organisations to set up Demonstration Training Centres for upgrading the skills of village youth, artisans, women and other target groups for their effective participation in development programmes;

To conduct or sponsor awareness camps, training programmes, meetings, seminars, workshops, conferences, consultations, to promote interaction between Government agencies, technical institutions and voluntary agencies working in the field of rural development and technology.

To document, prepare, print and publish papers, periodicals, bulletins, monographs, books, video Films and CDs etc. for dissemination of appropriate technologies.

Promotion of Technology’ Service Centers at Secondary Level

To propagate tested technologies

Refine the technology for adoption as per the local requirements through training and extension

To create multiplier effect through motivation and demonstration

Promotion of Communication Resource Network

It is meant for established and credible organizations to gather information on local developments, success stories etc. and share such relevant information amongst the organizations working in and around the area of operation through print and electronic media.

Training in Computer Application

To train rural youth for employment

To facilitate establishment of Internet Kiosks for Rural Areas

Popularization of computer application as teaching aids in rural schools

Promotion of e-commerce/online trading

Promotion of Networking among NGOs to share development experiences

Itellectural Property Rights and Related Issues

The programme is meant to facilitate NGOs to patent the technology, process etc, developed by them

IV. Rural Infrastructure Development Scheme (RIDS).

1. Rural Innovative Housing and Habitat Development

Livelihood component will be promoted for projects with credit tie-ups

Should be promoted preferably within the existing habitat

Cluster house promotion away from the existing habitat should have beneficiaries consent, developed internal link roads and transport linkage

Use of local materials and services to be promoted

Use of acceptable innovative technologies to be adopted

Training and production in building material manufacturing units to be promoted

Training of masons

Components eligible for funding: houses, latrines and soak pits, smokeless chulha, work sheds, community hall, internal road & drainage, plantation, kitchen garden, drinking water and a garbage collection center.

Solar Lighting with necessary subsidy component and tapping of other non-conventional energy sources will be promoted

Promotion of common community biogas to be promoted

Model habitat / village to be promoted on the lines of Heveda Bazar village, Nashik, Maharashtra

2. Environmental Sanitation

Creation of drinking water sources (community wells, hand pumps, drinking water ponds with filtration arrangements, spring exploitation, roof water harvesting, distribution of water filters, community desalination unit, community kund/tanka etc.)

Awareness Generation on health and hygiene

School Sanitation for both government and private schools with PTA participation

Promotion of appropriate, cost effective, individual latrines

Community Village Drainage

Recycling of solid and liquid waste

Promotion of nursery

Promotion of Kitchen/Nutrition/Herbal garden

Promotion of avenue plantation

Revival of defunct wells through water harvesting

Promotion of water recharging mechanism

Establishment of sanitary mart with building material manufacturing unit

Production of IEC materials

3. Other Rural Infra Structure Development Projects

Rural road development with community participation

Promotion of rural godowns/cold storage with bank finance

Establishment of rural markets (e.g. farmers market, raitu bazaar)

Establishment of community work sheds for rural artisans

Establishment of sustainable agro service centers including soil testing laboratories/vet centres polytechnic to train rural youth

Providing Urban Service in Rural Areas (PURA)

Resettlement and Rehabilitation of displaced families

Rolling Plan Financing Programme

NRI-NRIV Programme

V. Scheme for Empowerment of Rural Women; SC, ST & Disadvantaged groups and for Persons with Disabilities (PWD) in rural areas

Mobilization, promotion & formation of SHGs/federations

Leadership training and capacity building

Skill Orientation for productive employment

Promotion of barrier free environment

Sensitization of employers (Public and Corporate Sectors)

Livelihood promotion with credit linkages/internal savings

Revolving fund and Seed Capital

Promotion of health and education

Empowerment through issue based awareness generation programmes (eg., girl child infanticide/foeticide, dowry, de-addition etc.)

Economic Rehabilitation of the Disabled with CBR activities

Advocacy on all matters connected with empowerment

VI. Human Resource Development Scheme (HRDS)

Training of Rural Youth for sustainable and gainful employment

Promotion of seminars/workshops on various aspects including traditional knowledge systems

Placement of Young Professionals (YPs) with NGOs and DRDAs

Experienced Professionals

Counseling services by CAPART

Sponsorship for attending regional/national/international workshops, training programmes and seminars.

Capacity building of Panchayati Raj functionaries

Capacity building of NGOs (micro planning, project formulation, accounting and governance, subject matter trainings etc.)

Promotion of Vikalp Fellowship

Internship programme for students specializing in rural development and related issues

Scholarship Programme for meritorious and talented youth from deprived communities (SC, ST, OBC, etc.)

Advocacy on all matters connected with empowerment

Eligibility Criteria for NGOs seeking CAPART support

1. Should have been registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 or a State amendment thereof or the Indian Trusts Act, 1882 or the Religious and Charitable Institutions Registration Act, 1920.

2. Should have completed 3 years from the date of registration on the date of application filed with CAPART.

3. Should have a bank or post office account for the three years preceding the date of filling of application to CAPART for funding.

4. Rural Development should be one of the objectives in the Memorandum of Association.

5, Should be working with beneficiaries in rural areas even if the NGO’s headquarters is located in an urban area.

6. The area of operation must be rural, meaning thereby a village included within the jurisdiction of a gram panchayat; areas included within the limits of Municipal Corporations, Municipalities, Notified Area Committees and Town Panchayats will not be considered as rural areas.

7. Should comply with the requirement of IT Department (PAN, 12 A and 80 G) or should have at least applied for the same.

8. The organization should be broad based and representative in character. Composition of office bearers should not be related to each other or within the family or a family affair.

9. Should not have been put on the CAPARTs list of organizations to which funding has been suspended for acts of omission and commission.

10. Members of the sanctioning committees of CAPART, namely, EC/NSC/RC or their family members and/or relatives should not be the office bearers of the NGOs which are seeking assistance from CAPART.

11. There should not be more than three ongoing projects under implementation by the NGO with funding by CAPART on the date of application filed with CAPART.

Documents to be submitted along with the proposal (Copies should be attested by a Gazetted Officer)

1. Registration certificate

2. Bye-laws of the NGO (authenticity of the registration certificate in case of amendments, if any, subsequent to the registration of the NGO.)

3, Latest composition of the Managing Committee/Executive Body indicating the authenticity from the registration authorities.

4. Annual Report of the NGO during the last 3 years.

5. Audited accounts, viz.. Receipt and Payment Account, Income and Expenditure Account and Balance Sheet along with Auditor’s certificate and report.

6. Documents relating to PAN number/exemption order under Section 80G and 12A obtained from Income-tax Department/authority or request letters sent to Income Tax Authorities for obtaining these documents.

7. Bank/Post office pass book reflecting the transactions for the last 3 years.

8. Certificate from the Bank Manager / Post Master stating that the account is operative for the last 3 years.

9. Resolution of the society authorizing the Chief Functionary of the NGO to approach CAPART with the specific proposal for obtaining financial assistance.

10. Other documents relevant to specific project proposal, i.e. land pattas in respect of housing, land development programmes, NOC/permission from the owners of the common property, etc.

11. Certificate that a similar project proposal has not been submitted either to CAPART Head Office/Regional Committee or to any other funding agency and that it will not be submitted during the pendency of this proposal with the Regional Committee/HO.

Sanctioning and Implementation Procedures

Schedule of calendar for processing the applications of the NGOs up to the stage of issue of sanction letter

The proposals received from the NGOs will be cleared within the maximum period of 90 days from the date of its receipt in the office. In case of proposals requiring time consuming verification and for other complicated cases, the maximum period within which the proposal will be cleared is 120 days. The detailed schedule for processing the applications of the NGOs is as under:



Period (working days)

1. Examination of papers at a glance 2
2. File number generation in ITD 3
3. Desk appraisal by YP/RO/HoD/MC 10
4. Approval of DDG/MC for deputing monitor/calling for clarification and dending letter to the PE 5
5. Obtaining report from the monitor 15
6. Processing of monitors report by YP/RO/HoD/MC 10
7. Clearance of proposal by the RC/NSC 15
8. Finalisation/approval of minutes and communication of sanction of the NGO 15
Total 75

Maximum period for issue of sanction from the date of receipt of the application would be 90 days including holidays/Saturdays/Sundays.

In case of any incomplete information/documents, which are to be collected from the NGO, maximum time within which the proposal will be cleared is 120 days.

Desk appraisal

As soon as the proposal is received from the NGO, a computerized acknowledgement is sent to them. Later on the proposal is desk-apprised and if it fulfils the basic eligibility criteria and all mandatory documents are attached with the proposal, a computer-generated file number is given to it. If any technical details are missing, the NGO is asked to provide the same. In case the proposal is not technically and financially viable, it is rejected and the NGO is informed of the reasons for rejection. If the proposal is found to be feasible for consideration, the same is sent for pre-funding appraisal.

Pre-Funding appraisal

After the desk-appraisal of the proposal, CAPART sends its empanelled monitor for pre-funding appraisal to look into the following aspects:

Adherence to the statutory requirements – periodic filling of reports and returns with the registration authorities, filling of income tax returns, if any, compliance with the FCRA requirements, etc.

Maintenance of basic records – minutes book, books of accounts, etc.

To hold consultation with the members of the society for an assessment of the transparency in management within the society.

Rapport established both with the people and the local administration.

Consultations made with the people, panchayat functionaries, etc. in the formulation of project proposals.

Acceptance and viability of the proposal forwarded.

Comments on the need for the project proposed.

To hold consultations with the line departments, banks, etc. for sustainability of the project.

Specific recommendations of the monitor.

Meeting of the NSC/RC for consideration of the proposals

Based on the field assessment report received from the monitor, the project proposal is further processed/ recommendations are moderated in tune with the capacity of the NGO and the needs of the area. Accordingly the project proposals are placed before the NSC/RC depending upon the financial outlay of the project. The delegated financial outlay of RC/NSC/EC are as under:

Financial outlay up to Rs. 25 lakhs RC
Above Rs. 25 lakhs and up to Rs.1crore (in respect of NRDM project Above Rs. 25 lakhs & up to Rs. 1.50 crore) NSC
Above Rs. 1.50 crore in respect of NRDM EC

Issue of sanction letter with terms & conditions

Once the proposal is approved by the EC/NSC/RC, a sanction letter with detailed terms and conditions for implementing the project is issued to the NGO for their acceptance by the competent authority.

Procedure for sanctioning workshops, seminars and training proposals

Workshop/seminar/training projects are normally given to established NGOs having sufficient infrastructure and expertise. Proposals received in proper form will be cleared within one month from the date of receipt of the proposal and the funds sanctioned will be released along with the sanction to facilitate the NGO to conduct the workshop/seminar/training programmes as per the schedule proposed in consultation with the HQs/RCs concerned. If with regard to these proposals, there is a time-constraint, DG/DDGs will clear the proposals and place the same before NSC/RC for information.

On completion of the envisaged activity, NGOs are to furnish completion report containing information on the following:

Details of resource persons involved.

Details of NGOs who participated.

Details of topics covered including the exposure visit, if any, organized.

Audited statement of accounts and utilization certificate for the grant received by them.

A few photographs of the activity during the programme.

Feedback on the programme from the participants.

Suggestions for the future.

Procedure for approval of Gram Shree Melas-Buyer-seller Meets and exhibitions

Following is the procedure for approval of gran-shree melas-cum-buyer seller meets and exhibition:

MC will prepare a calendar of melas to be organized in their respective regions including the State capitals during a financial year and submit the proposal to the Headquarters along with the proposed locations, dates of the melas and the names of the NGOs for organizing the proposed melas.

The proposal will be examined in the Headquarters and the approval of the HQ will be communicated to the MC.

The identified NGOs will be asked to submit the proposal to the MC which will be scrutinized by his office as per the gramshree mela guidelines and will be forwarded to the HQ for approval.

After approval of the proposal by the Headquarter, the MC will issue the sanction letter to the NGO along with the list of participating NGOs for sending the invitation letters.

In addition to the gram-shree melas-cum-buyer seller meet, CAPART will also participate in relevant exhibitions organized by various other agencies.

MC will coordinate and get the gram-shree melas-cum-buyer seller meet monitored and report forwarded to the HQs.

Support Services of CAPART to NGOs

For implementation of the main schemes, following support services will be provided to the NGOs:

Information, Publicity, Facilitation & Consultancy Centers (IPFCCs)

Technology Service Centres (TSC)

Consultancy services

Media related activities

Augmenting resources of CAPART

Confederation of NGOs of Rural India (CNRI)

Technology Service Centres (TSC)

In the interest of advancement of different technologies including IT for rural development, TSCs are being given the status of vanguard in the technological transformation of rural India under the aegis of NGOs/ CAPART. This is a major initiative of CAPART with the objective of promoting scientific temper and technological bent of mind among the rural youth who should explore job opportunities with the aid of technologies in the emerging markets.

NGOs with expertise and potential in one or mere technologies with demonstrative acumen are eligible for TSC of CAPART. They should have minimum required infrastructure (Technical personal, training and demonstration facilities) and are in a position to conduct Trainer’s training programme, demonstration and transfer of technologies available with them to the target groups but have not yet undertaken any adaptive Research & Development due to which they are not eligible for TRC at present. Such NGOs may be considered for promoting Technology Service Centre (TSCs) with assistance from CAPART. These NGOs may build their capacity in course of time to be eligible for TRCs. The TSCs may be supported for conducting demonstrations, field trials, training, adaptive Research & Development, work-shops, seminars, documentation, publication, EDP, marketing etc. They will be assisted partially/fully to make R & D on the technology on a case to case basis to reduce cost and ensure economy in scale of production. Improvement and resultant acceptability of the technology will upgrade the status of the NGO to become TRC of CAPART in due course.

Application of potential technologies depends largely on area specific, need specific and geo-climatic dispensations. Minor modification, fine tuning required for the application of a particular technology will be supported by CAPART for its popularization and dissemination on a very large scale. Training, extension and demonstration of such technologies could be part of the overall package of the programme.

Consultancy Services

CAPART will identity experienced professionals who have sought either Voluntary retirement from Government or Private Sector or have duly retired from services and are available for productive developmental activities. Their skills and experience will be utilised by CAPART. A register will be maintained by CAPART containing the names of the EPs and their services will be made available to NGOs/DRDs/Others who need consultancy services.

Confederation of NGOs of Rural India (CNRT)

One of the objectives of CAPART is networking with the State level and national level rural NGO fora and voice their hopes and aspirations and to build partnership alliance and also to identify and work in close contact and cooperation with the international rural NGO for a on appropriate lines for the benefit of the country.

The idea of setting up of State level forum of rural NGOs had come up for discussion in all the regional meetings held by CAPART. The idea was widely welcomed in all the meetings and some of the NGOs had taken steps to establish the forum in their States either on structured legal lines or in an ad-hoc voluntary fashion. The idea was thereafter discussed at national level which culminated into establishment of the Confederation of NGOs of Rural India (CNRI) at the national level as a registered society.

The objective of the move was that the CNRI would act as a platform at national level to voice the cause of NGOs like FICCI, Cll for industry and business sector. CAPART would also receive the suggestions of the State and national forum on the various programmes and activities commented upon by them and welcome new initiatives. Depending upon the capability of the forum, CAPART would also entrust them with the task of organizing large scale training programmes, market related events, regional seminars and workshops. etc.

National Registration of NGOs seeking assistance from CAPART

To promote and streamline the NGO movement, CAPART has opened a system of registration of all the NGOs interested in availing of CAPARTs assistance. The registration is open to all the registered organizations subject to making available the following documents:

An attested photocopy of the Registration Certificate/Registered Trust Deed.

An attested photocopy of the Memorandum of Association and Bye-laws relating to the society.

An attested photocopy of the bank pass book with transactions if any carried out.

An attested photocopy of the FCRA number accorded by the Ministry of Home Affairs, if any.

An attested photocopy of the Permanent Account Number (PAN), if any, obtained from the Income Tax Department.

Audited statement of accounts and Annual Reports, if any, prepared.

Credentials will be assessed and accordingly NGOs fulfilling the laid down requirements will be accorded accreditation number which will be quoted by the NGO for all correspondence with CAPART Head quarters/ RC.

Registration does not entail assurance of getting financial assistance from CAPART and the funding will be done as per the laid down procedure on merits.



Address of the Regional Committee Office

Area of Operation

1. Regional Representative and Member Convener North East Zone Regional Committee-CAPART Ashok Path, Bashishtha Road (Survey) Guwahati – 781028 Tel : 0361 – 2268368/2269113 Fax:0361-2222118 Email: [email protected] Assam, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura.
2. Regional Representative and Member Convener North Zone Regional Committee-CAPART Tambi Towers, 3rd Floor, Sansar Chandra Road Jaipur-302017 Tel : 0141 – 2379783,2373460 Fax:0141-2379783 Email: [email protected] Delhi, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan
3. Regional Representative and Member Convener West Zone Regional Committee-CAPART Navjivan Trust Campus, Ashram Road Ahmedabad-380 014 Tel : 079 – 7545072/7545073 Fax: 079-7545072 Email: [email protected] Maharashtra, Gujarat, Dadar & Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu and Goa
4. Regional Representative and Member Convener N 1-A/7, IRC Village, Nayapalli, Near CRPF Square Bhubneswar-751015 Tel: 0674-2552244,2551028 Fax: 0674-2552244 Email: [email protected] Orissa, West Bengal, Chattisgarth, Andaman and Nicnhar Islands
5. Regional Representative and Member Convenor Regional Committee, CAPART SCO/I 79-180, II Floor, Sector 17-C, Chandigarh Tel: 0172-2720465 Fax: 0172-2700457 Email: [email protected] Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Chandigarh and Punjab
6. Regional Representative and Member Convenor South Zone Regional Committee, CAPART Faculty Building No. II, National Institute of Rural Development, Rajendra Nagar, Hyderabad – 500 030 Tel: 040-24017851 Fax: 040-24018669 Email: [email protected] Andhara Pradesh, Pondicheny and Tamil Nadu
7. Regional Representative and Member Convenor Central Zone Regional Committee, CAPART PICUP Bhawan, 6th Floor, Block – A Vibhuti Khand, Gornti Nagar, Lucknow-226010 Tel : 0522 – 2721695 Fax:0522-2721696 Email: [email protected] Uttar Pradesh and Uttranchal
8. Regional Representative and Member Convenor Regional Committee, CAPART Biscomaun Tower, 5th Floor West Gandhi Maidan, Patna-800 001 Tel: 0612-2211648 Fax:0612-2211648 Email: [email protected] Bihar and Jharkhand
9. Regional Representative and Member Convenor Regional Committee, CAPART Basava Nivas, Pavate Compount, UB Hill District; Dharwad (Karnataka) Tel: 0836-2440309 Fax: 0836-2447176 Email: [email protected] Lakshaeweep, Kamataka and Kerala

CAPART H.Q. Address

CAPART, Zone V-A, Core-C; 2nd Floor, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi 110 003 Tel : 24642395, Fax : 24648607, Website:

British High Commission Small Grant Scheme

The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) makes funds available to the British High Commission for small projects of developmental value. This fund is called the Small Grants Scheme (SGS). The British High Commission in Delhi administers SGS (For all States except those mentioned below), and our Deputy High Commission (BDHC) in Kolkata administers for West Bengal, Chennai for Tamil Nadu and Mumbai for Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa respectively.

SGS Mission

  • To reduce poverty within a sustainable development framework by supplementing large projects or fully supporting small project.
  • To encourage projects that aim to spread best practice among communities.
  • To maintain emphasis on capacity building through training, workshops etc so as to provide lasting benefits for the community.

Our Objectives

To support sustainable development throughout the country, project bids should match some of the objectives of DFID given below :

Policies and actions which promote sustainable livelihoods :

Sound policies and pro-poor economic growth; The development of efficient and well regulated markets; Access of poor people to land, resources and markets; Good governance and the realization of human rights; The prevention and resolution of conflicts; The removal of gender discrimination.

Better education, health and opportunities for poor people :

  • Lower child and maternal mortality rates
  • Basic healthcare for all, including reproductive services
  • Effective universal primary education
  • Literacy, accesses to information and life skills
  • Emergency and humanitarian needs

Protection and better management of the natural and physical environment :

  • Sustainable management of physical and natural resources
  • Efficient use of productive capacity
  • Protection of global environment

How to Apply for Funding Under the Small Grants Scheme

Under the Small Grants Scheme, grants can be made to organisations or institutions to assist projects whose primary purpose must always be developmental. The projects should also address at least one of DFID’s above mentioned objectives.

Project support will usually be for one year. In exceptional cases, funding can extend up to a maximum of three years. In any case the project should aim to become self-financing after the funding has ended in order to ensure programme sustainability.


1. Please note that the recipient organisation is required to make a contribution of at least 10% to the overall project costs.

2. We prefer to fund projects, which have a capacity building/training element We prefer not to fund recurring costs, such as administrative salaries and rent. We do not fund purchase of vehicles, construction activity and capital or infrastructure projects.

3. Recipients must refer to us for any changes in the use of grant expenditure, should it exceed 10% of the total project budget.

4. Organisations must submit half yearly progress reports on projects.

5. The Maximum yearly funding available is ht20,000 ht25,0000 but each year we will be looking for a range of different projects of varying sizes.

To apply for funds under the Small Grants Scheme, you will need to write an application in English which gives the following information. YOUR APPLICATION MUST BE NOT MORE THAN FIVE PAGES. APPLICATIONS MORE THAN FIVE PAGES WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED

1. Title of Project:

2. Details of Recipient Organisation:

i) Name of contact person

i) When the organisation was founded

iii) Number of staff – technical and administrative

iv) Your registration number under Foreign Contribution Regulation Act 1976

v) Existing sources of funding

vi) Banking details (name & address of bank, account number, in whose name cheque/demand draft has to be drawn).

3. Background about the work of your organisation :

i) Overall goal

ii) Number of cities/districts/villages covered.

iii) Total population directly benefiting by the activities of the organisation.

iv) Current activities






4. The Project Description needs to include details of the:

i) Project goal

ii) Project area

iii) Target group

iv) Problem/s proposed project will address.

v) Give details of any ‘need assessment’ done in the area before deciding on the project.

vi) Who else will be affected by the project ? E.g. in the case of a project for street children, then are the police, employers, family members, etc. also affected ?

vii) Project activities planned to address the above problem/s listed at 4 (iv).





viii) Inputs (for each of the above mentioned activity).





ix) Outputs (for each of the project activities).





x) Role of the target group (4 iii)

xi) Role of other groups affected (4vi)

xii) Role of the organisation

xiii) Duration of the project

5. Project Budget:

Activity Resource Detail Total
For Example:
1. Community organization
1.1 Leadership Trng. Resource person-1 Rs. Y
For 10 women @ Rs. X x 4 days Rs. Y 1
For 4 days Food=@ Rs. X x 4=4×10
1.2 Follow-up for 10 Women for 2 days

6. Project Work plan:


Time Frame (Months)


1 2 3 4 5 6


For Example
1. Community Organisation
1.1 Village Meeting
1.2 Leadership Trng

7. Project Evaluation and Monitoring Indicators (for six monthly and annual reports)



1. Training needs assessment No. of interviews conduct’s & report completed
No. of workshops held & no. of participants
2. Training workshop No. of children who read and write
No. of children who can identify digits, count
3. Non-formal education programme No. of children who understand currency etc.

8. Project Sustainability:

How will the activities be sustained after BHC support for the project has been completed ?

Give details of plans for programme, finance and human resource sustainability.

9. Other Information:

Have you previously received funding from the British High Commission ? If yes, please give details.

Does your organisation have I inks with Britain ?

With your 5 page application, you need to send the following documents:

a) A Reference letter from the British Council Division/a British NGO or any other donor agency (Format enclosed)

b) A copy of the NGO’s Memorandum of Association

c) A copy of the NGO’s FCRA registration certificate

d) A copy of Audited Statement of Accounts for the last two years

e) The NGO’s most recent Annual Report.

Reference Letter

NGOs applying for funds to the British High Commission are expected to submit a reference letter from a known source like the British Council Division, British NGOs the DFID Field Management Offices, or from any other donor agency which has funded them in the past.

1. Name of the Agency providing the reference : …………………………..

2. Name and Designation of the Referee : ……………………………………

3. Address :……………………………………………………………………….

4. Telephone No. & Fax :

5. Name and Address of the NGO……………………………


6. Have you supported the NGO in question ? If yes, please give details : When, what kind of project, and for how much :

7. What has been your experience with the NGO ?

8. How would you rate the NGO in terms of the following :

( Rating : I – Excellent, 2 – Very Good, 3 – Good, 4 – Satisfactory, 5 – Poor)

Ability to mange account
Capacity to successfully
Ability to monitor progress
Analytical capacity

9. Would you recommend support to the NGO ?





This is a confidential document. Please send the form to us directly at the following address:

Development Officer, British High Commission, Shantipath. Chanakyapuri, New Delhi-110021

How to Apply

We place emphasis on sustainability. Our aim is to support projects in which the NGO seeks to hand over vital elements of the project to the community by the time we withdraw our support.

How to Apply

Step 1

Applications (with supporting documents) for the following financial •Year must reach us by 30 September.

(•The financial year runs from I April to 31 March)

Step 2

By end January the following year, we scrutinise and short-list project bids and present them to our Project Panel•• (••The Project Panel comprises cross-departmental BHC staff, empowered to both advise and

sanction, and is designed to ensure transparency and accountability)

Step 3

In February and March we appraise short-listed projects.

Step 4

By 31 Marth we inform successful organisations of our support.

Our Support

Duration of Projects

We generally support one-year projects, but will consider up to three years in exceptional cases.

Case of Projects

We currently support projects ranging in value from Rs. 7 lakh to Rs. 12 lakh.

Indicators of Favoured Bids

Favoured Bids Should:

Have FCRA and include letters of reference from other known international organisations that have supported them in the past.

Have proven experience in the project area at field level.

Show clear inputs and measurable outputs/outcomes (e.g. nos. of children rehabilitated, no. of women’s group formed etc.).

Not have been supported by the BHC within the previous three years.

Please keep the following in mind

The Project Panel comprises cross departmental BHC staff, empowered to both advise and sanction, and is designed to ensure transparency and accountability.

The financial year runs from I April to 31 Marth.

We do not entertain applications received after 30 September

We respond to the short-listed applications during Janurary and February

British Deputy High Commission – Mumbai

2nd Floor, 222 Jamnalal Bajaj Road, PO Box 11714, Nariman Point, Mumabi – 400 021

Tel: (022)22833602/0517/2330

British Deputy High Commission – Kolkata

IA Hochi Minh Saroni, Kolkata 700 071, Tel : (033) 22885172

British Deputy High Commission – Chennai

20 Anderson Road, Chennai -600 006, Tel: (044) 52192151

For Details Please Contact

Development Officer

British High Commission

Shantipath, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110 021, Tel: 011-26 87 2161, Fax: 011-26 87 34 18

Website : (Search for Small Grant Scheme)

BNI Misner Charitable Foundation

The BNI Foundation is a non-profit program that supports charitable causes relating to children and education in countries where BNI is operating. The primary focus of the foundation is to provide small mini-grants ($500.00 or less) for educational projects. These grants are given out once a year, generally in September.

Because of the growth of BNI, the organization felt that it would be a good opportunity to give back to some of the communities in which BNI operates.

Foundation Structure

The complete name for this foundation is the BNI-Misner Charitable Foundation. This is a charitable fund that is part of a foundation that has been around for eighty years, and has recently been ranked among the top ten foundations in the world. The name of the parent foundation is the California Community Foundation. BNI has connected with this existing foundation to reduce the time and cost of creating a stand-alone foundation. For more information on the California Community Foundation, you may view their website at

Mini-Grant Criteria and Guidelines

The International Board of Advisors for BNI (made up of members throughout the world) has selected education and children to be themes for this foundation. The BNI Foundation will make contributions to legitimate charitable causes only. In the United States, that includes organizations with the IRS designation of 501 (C) (3). The only other type of organization that the Foundation will support includes public schools. These are the only organizations which mini-grants will be given to.


Mini-grants must meet the following criteria:

1. The request must be made by teachers, educators and/or program coordinators.

2. The project must meet the Foundation theme (children and/or education).

3. The request must be for a specific project with a clear purpose and well stated objective(s).

4. The grantee must send photos or a brief summary of the results of the project when completed.

5. The entire project cannot exceed $500.00 (U.S.).

6. The teacher, educator, or coordinator overseeing or managing the project must submit the grant request on behalf of the organization for the grant.

7. Without exception, grant checks may be cut only to a charitable, non-profit 501 (C) (3) organization or a public school.

All Mini-Grants are subject to approval

The BNI Foundation is looking for projects with demonstrated results in one of the following areas : Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science, Arts, Health, Language, Self-Esteem, and/or Technology.

Submitting a Grant Application

Complete a grant application (found at and email it to [email protected] Emailed submissions are required.

The BNI Foundation reserves the rights to select recipients of mini-grants at its sole discretion.

BNI Foundation Grant Application

Please review the “Mini-Grant Criteria and Guidelines” before completing these questions.

Then email your completed application with responses for all 19 items to [email protected] as a Microsoft Word file or RTF ext file.

1. Applicant’s Name :

2. Organization’s Name:

Is this a Public School or a Charitable Non-Profit Organization ? _____________________________________

Please provide 501 (c) (3) Identification : _________________________

3. Address, City, Zip/Postal Code and Country _______________________

Please note, in order to be eligible, it is necessary to be in a country in which BNI is operating.

4. Home Phone:

5. School Phone:

6. Position & Subject Area

7. Grade:

8. Number of students in class :

9. Amount requested:

10. Name of project:

11. Description of project:

12. Potential benefits of project:

13. How will benefits be determined ?

14. How will funds be allocated ?

15. List any other funding source:

16. Are you willing to provide photos, or some type of documentation of how this grant was used  If yes please describe :

17. Principal’s name:

18. Do you have his/her approval for this project ?

19. Your e-mail address:

Contact at


email: [email protected]

Association for India’s Development

Who We are

Association for India’s Development, Inc. (AID) is a voluntary’ non-profit organization committed to promoting sustainable, equitable and just development in India, by- working with grassroots organizations and movements in India. AID supports and initiates efforts in various inteconnected spheres such as education, livelihoods, natural resources, health, women’s empowerment and social justice.

AID, Inc. is registered with the US Federal Government as a non-profit charitable corporation under the category 501 (C) (3). Its federal Tax – ID is 2652609. Since September 2003, Aid has started operating as an unincorporated association with a different Tax ID. Aid accounts are by an independent Certified Public Accountant, as per IRS regulations. Documents and information pertaining to AID will be provided on request, or can be obtained from the Secretary of State for the cost of copies and postage.

A.I.D at a Glance:

Founded : 1991
Incorporation Completed : 2003
Chapter in the Us : 36
Number of Volunteers : ~500
Number of Salaried Employees : none
Chapters in India : 4
Fulltime Volunteers in India : 4
Projects Supported so far : 365
Projects Currently Ongoing : ~100
Indian States Covered : 18
Projects Sites Visited : All

“Compassion wherever there is suffering. Conviction that the compassion is strong enough to eliminate suffering. Courage to make this conviction a reality. This is AID” History of AID

The Beginning

It was the early 1990’s. Out of curiosity I went to a mela organized by some India groups. The theme was to tell slogans in front of the Capitol Building in Washington DC. We want to see every problem solved and so there must exist the required “can do” spirit that we shouldn’t bottle due to a lack of vision.

On the 10th year !!

On the 10th year of Aid I feel our strength lies in our volunteers and we need to develop ourselves completely since this resource is needed by many causes and groups


The problems of poverty, illiteracy, unemployment, dependency, disease, social inequalities, corruption and the dwindling of natural resources like land, forests and water reinforce one another.

One problem leads to the other and feeds on another. Therefore the solutions to these problems must be interconnected, just like the problems themselves.

This interconnected nature of the problems neither starts nor stops with the people who are poor it affects all of us. Our inability to tackle these problems, take the initiative, trust and work with others and overcome the fear to question authority or change life-styles is very much a part of this web of problems and has to be tackled.


To cover both the breadth of the country and the depth of the problems in a holistic manner through:

  • Several short-term projects geographically distributed throughout India.
  • A deeper long-term involvement in selected efforts, the goal being to reach every district or alternate district in India with one such focus effort.

Simultaneously measuring progress through the yard-sticks of self-reliance, people’s involvement and volunteerism. Responding personally to people we meet as we undertake this challenge together.


Address: Association for India’s Development, P.O. Box-149, College Park, MD 20741, USA

E-mail: [email protected]


In India, you may contact a volunteer of AID who is at Delhi-Mr. Anuj Grover

Phone: 098 18248459. email: [email protected]