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New Frontiers in CSR

India has been at the forefront of the corporate social responsibility (CSR) paradigm, much before the introduction of Section 135 of Companies Act, 2013, which made CSR a regulatory requirement.

As per data filed by companies on the Ministry of Corporate Affairs portal, around 20,000 companies had reported spending on CSR, with total spend amounting to INR 13,465 Cr in 16-17. Total public expenditure in 16-17 on agriculture and farmers’ welfare, rural sector and social sector (including education, healthcare, skills) was estimated at Rs 9,84,000 crores. The CSR spend that year was Rs.13,465 Cr. – 1.36% of the public spending.

If CSR’s monetary contribution is less than a fraction of what the government is earmarking for the nation’s growth, then, in what capacity can CSR optimize its contributions towards sustainable development? How can companies catalyze innovation and creativity to maximize scalable impact, stretch CSR budgets further and move the needle?

To deliver on the promise of reinvigorating the development sector, the very nature of how companies implement CSR needs to evolve: from inputs to outcomes, from individual to ecosystem, and from delivering services to building capacity and enabling the market.

In other words, companies need to evolve from Compliance-driven CSR 🡪 Strategic CSR 🡪 Catalytic CSR.  This report explains different models under catalytic and takes a case study approach to demonstrate its execution, effectiveness and ability to amplify impact.

Click here to download the report.

Michael & Susan Dell Foundation Grants

Ongoing

The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation (MSDF) seeks to fund projects that directly serve or impact children living in urban poverty, particularly in the areas of education, childhood health and family economic stability (including microfinance.)

Foundation believes that through this work, it can transform the lives of children living in urban poverty today and improve the future for every generation. To help achieve these goals, the foundation seeks global partners who work to:

  • Ensure children have access to quality educations
  • Encourage healthy behaviors, and provide access to basic health care and services
  • Foster stable families through microfinance

Focus Countries: United States, India & South Africa

Focus Areas

  • Urban Education
  • Childhood Health
  • Family Economic Stability

Funds Available

The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation has approved grants ranging from $500 to several million dollars. As a guideline, the foundation generally will not fund more than 25 percent of a project’s budget or more than 10 percent of an organization’s total annual operating expenses.

Eligibility Criteria

  • US organisations, International/Non-US Organisations and New Organisations working in US, India & South Africa can apply for these grants.
  • The foundation does not provide grants to support:
    • Individuals
    • Medical researchprojects
    • Event fundraisers or sponsorships
    • Lobbying of any kind
    • Endowments

Apply for the grants here.

DBS Foundation Grant Program 2015

Deadline: Closed

The DBS Foundation has issues a call for applications for its various grant programs. The grant program assists social enterprises with monetary grants to make their projects sustainable and to assess the feasibility of the product to scale up their business in order to improve social impact on the society.

Types of Grants

  1. Pilot/prototype grants of up to SGD 50,000 – This is for social enterprises with new, innovative and scalable ideas that address relevant social problems. Social enterprises with a prototype ready for testing or a pilot-stage idea that needs funds to begin.
  2. Organisational grants of up to SGD 100,000 – This is for social enterprises that have been in operation for at least 2 years and need support to build up their organization e.g. acquiring fixed assets, building a team, product research and development, marketing, etc. Grants are expected to be directly used to grow the business, further social impact and/or ensure sustainability.
  3. Scale-up grants – This is for social enterprises that have been operating for over 3 years and seek grants and other forms of financing to scale up.

Eligible Countries – China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Singapore, and Taiwan.

Eligibility Information

DBS does not fund:

  • Specific individual fellowships/stipends and personal expenses, charities or NGOs primarily dependent on donations.
  • Religious organisations, election campaigns, general fund-raising drives or event sponsorship.

For more information, visit the DBS Foundation.

Partnership to Strengthen Innovation and Practice in Secondary Education (PSIPSE) invites proposals

Deadline: June 13, 2014

The PSIPSE funder collaborative just announced a $13 million call for proposals on secondary education projects supporting students in East Africa, Nigeria, Malawi, and India. The collaborative seeks to identify innovative, sustainable, and cost-effective education models that increase access to secondary education and improve learning outcomes for marginalized populations.  Selected proposals will receive in-country funding to accelerate innovation, link research and evidence with policy reforms, and effectively share learnings with key stakeholders.

The PSIPSE funder collaborative is made up of private donors and donor advisors including: Comic Relief, Dubai Cares, Human Dignity Foundation, Intel Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, and the MasterCard Foundation.

For eligibility criteria and application procedure, please click here.

 

U.S. Consulate General Mumbai Small Grants Program

Deadline: April 22, 2014

The U.S. Consulate General Mumbai is holding a small grants competition to fund programs that promote Indo-U.S. relations.  The programs must occur in western India (the states of Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Goa, Madhya Pradesh and/or Maharashtra).  Proposals can include, but are not limited to, projects, seminars, conferences, workshops, exhibitions and outreach campaigns.

Proposals must focus on one of the following three priority areas of the U.S. Mission to India:

  1. Promote better Indo-U.S. bilateral relations, with an emphasis on business ties
  2. Encourage regional and global roles for India
  3. Enhance security cooperation

 

  • The project supports one or more of the grant priorities outlined above
  • The proposals should be submitted via email or mail and should include a written narrative in English
  • This competition is open only to individuals, non-governmental organizations, public education institutions, and other legally-recognized non-profit institutions that meet Indian and/or U.S. technical and legal requirements to develop and implement public diplomacy programs
  • Indian organizations must have registered and received a Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) number from the Government of India

To apply click here