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Grant Assistance for Grassroots Projects in India


The Government of Japan is offering a financial assistance scheme called “the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Projects (GGP)” in India for development projects designed to meet the diverse basic human needs of the people. The GGP is excellently reputed to provide timely support to the local communities at the grass-roots level.

Priority Areas

  • Basic Human Needs and Human Security
  • Basic Health Care
  • Primary Education and Adult Illiteracy
  • Poverty Alleviation
  • Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation
  • Women’s Empowerment
  • Child Welfare including Support for Street Children and Elimination of Child Labour
  • Support for Persons with Disabilities
  • Preservation of Environment
  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) project in collaboration with Japanese or Japanese-affiliated companies

Eligibility criteria

  • The applicant must be one of the following organizations:
    • International, National or Local NGO
    • Medical Institution
    • Educational Institution
    • Community-Based Organization (CBO)
  • Registered organization under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 1976
  • Registered organization under the relevant registration acts including national and state acts such as:
    • The Societies Registration Act, 1860
    • Charitable and Religious Trusts Act, 1920
    • Religious Endowments Act, 1863
    • Indian Trust Act, 1882
    • Section 25 of the Indian Companies Act, 1956
  • Minimum 2 years of direct/related experience in the proposed field of activity
  • Not black-listed or court-listed by the state/central government.

Visit here for details on the application procedure.

Global Action on Poverty 2015

Date: Closed

Location: Ahmedabad

GAP is a platform for individuals and organisations to act to eradicate poverty globally. Our vision is to democratize poverty alleviation and enable million Changemakers to impact a 1000 people each in their lifetimes – in areas of focus and geographies of their choice!

This exciting platform  will  bring together 10 Pioneers who have worked in the area of poverty eradication for the last few decades, including Nobel Laureate Prof.Mohd Yunus, Bill Drayton (Founder of Ashoka), Ela Bhatt (Founder of SEWA), Bunker Roy (Founder of Barefoot College) and others  to inspire and energize 100 Changemakers (individuals) and 100 Catalysts (individuals from companies, philanthropists, CSR executives, NGOs, government, entrepreneurs, impact investors and incubators) to work together to make their dreams come true.

These Changemakers and Catalysts can come from any part of the world and the only criteria for engagement is that they have a specific interest and passion to make social change happen in India.

The key drivers of this ambitious social transformation project say it seeks to bridge a major gap — the gap between a person’s dream to bring about a social change, and the support he needs to realise that dream.

At a conclave at Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad, the Changemakers and Catalysts will pledge their commitment to see through their project in one year.

If you want to engage as a Changemaker or a Catalyst, email us at [email protected] or [email protected].

[The Economic Times] Start-ups & online portals advising companies on how to invest strategically in CSR

Samhita Social Ventures is featured in this Economic Times article which profiles its business model as well as its online networking portal – the CSR Marketplace.

The CSR Marketplace is a platform for companies, social enterprises and NGOs to engage and interact with one another, thereby laying the foundations for long-term partnerships around business as well as social development initiatives.

To read the full article,  click here 

A workshop on fundraising

Deadline: March 28, 2014

Attend if you are interested in getting into a social enterprise or setting up a social enterprise!

This workshop will cover information about:

  • What comprises a social enterprise
  • Discussion of non profit and for profit business models that have high impact
  • Best practices around building a social enterprise

RSVP is a must!

UnLtd India is an incubator for social entrepreneurs that find fund and support early-stage social entrepreneurs to help them:

  • Develop as leaders
  • Accelerate their impact
  • Prepare their organisations for scaling and further investment

UnLtd India is conducting a series of workshops geared to build your skills to launch a high impact organization. If you are a passionate individual and committed to building a social enterprise (for profits, non-profits or hybrids), come along to the workshop(s) that suits you!

Since 2007, UnLtd India has supported over 100 organizations and over 170 individuals to develop their social impact vision into reality.

Event details
Date: April 10, 2014
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Address: Equal Community Foundation Office,
B-14 Sharadaram Park, Next to Courtyard Marriott
Opposite Ruby Hospital, Sassoon Road
Pune, Maharashtra –  411001

RSVP for the event here

Highlights of the mandatory CSR provision in the Companies Act, 2013

On February 27, 2014, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs notified the rules for Section 135 of the Companies Act 2013 which pertains to the mandatory CSR provision for companies. The CSR provision will come into effect from April 1, 2014.

As per the provisions of Section 135, a company with a turnover of INR 1,000 crore or more or of a net-worth of INR 500 crore or more or net profit of INR 5 crore or more is required to spend at least 2% of its average net profit of the past three years on CSR activities. Further, the Act provides that if, for any reason, a company is unable to spend 2% of their average net profit on CSR, they are required to explain the reason for not doing the same.

In order to provide clarity on the rules, Samhita Social Ventures has prepared a brief document highlighting the workings and implications of the CSR provision. You can view the document here.

For a more detailed interpretation of the CSR provision by Samhita’s Managing Director Krishnan Neelakantan, click here.