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NGOs & Aids to Dalit NGOs

Assistance to NGOs for welfare of dalit community


The Grant-in-aid released to NGOs for various projects under the scheme of "Grant-in-aid to Voluntary Organizations working for Scheduled Castes" during the last 3 years is as under:-

No. of NGOs
Amount released
Rs. 29.01 Crore
Rs. 30.95 Crore
Rs. 21.50 Crore

 Release of grant-in-aid is based on the inspection reports of the NGOs and on the recommendations of the Multi-Disciplinary Grant-in-aid Committees of the respective State Governments. Inspections, wherever necessary, are also conducted by the officials of this Ministry. Evaluation studies are conducted from time to time to assess the impact of the working of the NGOs under the scheme.

Funds are allocated under various schemes of the Ministry and through Apex Corporations for Educational and Economic Development of Scheduled Castes. These are as under:-

Educational Development

I. Pre-Matric Scholarship for the Children of those engaged in unclean ocupations.
II. Post-Matric Scholarship for SC Students.
III. Babu Jagjivan Ram Chhatrawas Yojana.
IV. Scholarship Scheme of Top Class Education for SCs
V. Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship.
VI. National Overseas Scholarships for SCs

Economic Development

i. Scheme for Rehabilitation of Manual Scavengers
ii. Free Coaching for SC and OBC Students.
iii. Special Central Assistance for Scheduled Castes Sub Plan.

iv. Assistance for skill development and self-employment through the National Scheduled Castes Finance & Development Corporation & the National Safai Karamcharis Finance & Development Corporation.
This information was given by Shri D. Napolean, the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha.

Rastriya Dalit Sangharsh Samity

All India Confederation of SC/ST Organisations

Indian Institute of Dalit Studies (IIDS) - 
Delhi-based Dalit studies research institute established in 2002 to address the need for knowledge pertaining to issues of social exclusion and discrimination associated with caste, untouchability, ethnicity, and religious status.  IIDS aims especially (a) to provide knowledge support to Dalit and other NGOS, (b) to produce research enabling the development of appropriate government policies for social inclusion and (c) to serve as a resource center for researchers, activists, and others.

Dalit Foundation – 
The Dalit Foundation is a registered trust under Indian charity law. The Foundation was established in 2003 and is the first grant-making agency in South Asia whose mission, vision and program objectives focus exclusively on social change and justice for Dalit communities. The Foundation supports individuals, small community-based organizations, and networks that work to secure social change and protect the rights of Dalits in South Asia.

Dalit Solidarity Network – 
Based in the United Kingdom, DSN-UK is part of an international network campaigning for recognition of the problem of caste discrimination and action for its eradication. DSN lobbies, campaigns and educates politicians, development agencies, the media, companies and the public about caste and how they can take action to end this human rights scandal. DSN-UK started in 1998 as a network of individuals, groups, movements and agencies working in solidarity with Dalit communities in India .

International Dalit Solidarity Network (IDSN) - 
Formed in 2000, the IDSN is a network of international organizations, national solidarity networks and affected country groups, campaigning against caste-based discrimination throughout the world, from the Dalits of South Asia to the Osu of Nigeria and the Burakumin of Japan.  The IDSN is based in Denmark and directs their advocacy and lobbying work especially towards the United Nations and European Union.

FORUM-ASIA (Asian Forum for Human Rights & Development) -
 Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) is a membership-based regional human rights organization in Asia (headquartered in Bangkok, Thailand) and presently, it has 40 member organizations (including NCDHR) in 15 countries in Asia.  Since 2004, FORUM-ASIA has been an “NGO in Consultative Status” with the UN.  FORUM-ASIA strives to empower people by advocating social justice, sustainable human development, participatory democracy, gender equality, peace and human security through collaboration and cooperation among human rights organizations in the region.

Human Rights Watch – 
Leading international NGO dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the globe.  Have done a great deal of excellent human rights work on the situation of Dalits in South Asia.

Social Watch India - 
Social Watch India is a New Delhi-based is a broad based network of civil society organizations, citizens and communities to build a process of monitoring governance towards professed goals of social development, particularly with respect to the marginalized sections of our country.  Its focus is to monitor the functioning and efficiency of the key institutions of governance and their commitment towards citizens and principles of democracy.

Navsarjan - 
NGO based in Gujarat which has run successful state-level campaigns on the issues of Banning Manual Scavenging & Rehabilitating Scavengers, Drinking Water for Dalits, Implementation of Land Reforms, Implementation of Minimum Wage for Farm Workers, and Implementation of the Atrocity Act.

Dalit NGO Federation (DNF) of Nepal –
Established in 1996, DNF is an umbrella organization of all Dalit NGOs in Nepal.  It is a national forum for raising the collective voices of the Dalit community to ensure their rights, dignity and opportunity through policy influencing, networking and alliance building.

Ambedkar Center for Justice and Peace (ACJP) - 
The ACJP is a United States-based global volunteer charity organization with its global headquarters at Tunkhannock, Pennslyvania, USA.  Their aim aim is to follow the path of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar in working to liberate Dalits through social work and human rights education so that they can lead their lives with dignity and develop into citizens who can make maj

Dalit Freedom SAKSHI Human Rights Watch -
 NGO based in Andhra Pradesh doing excellent work on Dalit Human Rights

Network (DFN) – 
United States (Colorado) based NGO, founded in 2003, with a presence throughout India, working mainly at the village level (especially on children’s education) and maintaining close ties with the All India Christian Council.

OneWorld South Asia - 
OneWorld South Asia provides media support to bring together a network of people and groups working for human rights and sustainable development across the globe. 

Bihar Human Rights Commission - 
The Protection of Human Rights Act 1993, an Act of the Parliament, provides for establishment of the National Human Rights Commission at the national level and State Human Rights Commissions at the state level.

In the State of Bihar, the State Human Rights Commission was established on 3rd-Jan-2000 vide Notification No. 207. However, the Commission was formally constituted vide notification no. 6896 on 25.6.2008 when Shri Justice S.N. Jha, a former Chief Justice of the Jammu & Kashmir and Rajasthan High Courts was appointed as Chairperson and Shri Justice Rajendra Prasad, a former Judge of the Patna High Court and Shri R.R. Prasad, a former Director General of Police, Bihar were appointed as members with effect from the date they assume charge of this office.



The caste system, which has existed for more than 3000 years in India, is a traditional system of social segregation, which works on the principle of purity and pollution. The Dalits are placed at the bottom of this hierarchical ladder. Dalit Foundation is a non-government organisation, which is the first grant-making institution in south Asia working for the empowerment of Dalit communities. Established in June 2003, the Foundation’s mission, vision and programme objectives focus exclusively on empowerment of Dalit  communities. It is committed to support individuals, community-based organisations, and networks that work to secure social change and protect the rights of Dalits. Dalit Foundation defines Dalits as all those who are committed to the ideology and belief of equality against the traditional caste based identity.

Dalit Foundation provides group sholarships to individuals working among all the marginalized communities including Dalits in India. The informal group of four persons having the religious, gender and social diversity adopt to a common minimum program which includes combating caste discrimination and untouchability in public schools and the local self-governments. The fellows organize youth and women across castes to ensure that such organization can combat caste and gender prejudices and practices. The fellows also work with the children of all poor communities to ensure quality education.

We are also committed towards building a strong line of leadership for the Dalit movement. Hence, through our group scholarship programmes, we train one young man and a woman both in vocational skills, leadership and social justice perspective to ensure that while taking care of their own employment they become the local leaders in their own village. For the current year we have awarded scholarships to 72 individuals including 38 women and trained 175 village leaders including 123 young women. At the end of 2016 we will train additional 200 village leaders. In addition, Dalit foundation also provides scholarships to Dalit artists with the aim of promoting Dalit art and culture and utilizing Dalit culture as a tool for liberation.

Call for Group Scholarship

Dalit Foundation (DF) has been actively involved in promoting and protecting Dalit human rights and it has been strengthening the Dalit leadership at grassroots level since 2003.  Over the past decade DF’s support and initiative through grants and individual Scholarships to the grassroots Dalit and marginalized groups has elevated the caste based issues to public discourse in most of the DF intervention areas. Nonetheless, the individual Dalit activists and group fellows has accelerated the process of change in the lives of Dalit communities, which is visible indeed through their actions.  So, the support has imbedded with multiple effects of change in — addressing caste based discrimination, struggle for equality, building capacity of Dalit communities and partners, and developing their leadership across the nation.
As one is aware that India as a nation is undergoing global economic transition for the past two decades, along with social communication which is moving at fast phase. The caste based identity politics possess perfect biggest challenge to the goal of social change, though; promotion of social and religious diversity further becomes even critical. To ensure this two pivotal elements— caste based identity and diversity, DF will uphold and practices   definition of the term ‘Dalit’ and diversity in its all approaches.
Future Direction:
With this aim DF has planned to strategies its future initiative and actions through group Scholarship to address pressing multiple issues that continue to dehumanize Dalits and their lives on daily basis in every part of Indian region despite of legal mechanisms and policy frame due to patriarchal structure and social construct that prevents Dalits communities from to leave life of dignity.
Group Scholarship:
The group Scholarships are implicit and it is effective in addressing the issues that are heinous in nature— caste based atrocity, chronic poverty, conflict and dispute over natural resources — land, water, forest and lack of accesses to other entitlements all these elements evidently impacted on women and their lives further resulting in violence and discrimination.  Therefore, this form of structural violation and discrimination requires huge strength of critical mass to address the issues efficiently and effectively. Henceforth, this process involves large scale community participation. And, also the process requires initiating several popular public campaigns on the issues at wider level.  It also facilitates better monitoring and evaluation of the programme implementation at the field by the fellows.
Besides the group Scholarship process would assist in careful selection group fellows in given depleting financial resources and funding crunch. Hence this process would enable fellows to take carefully crafted strategic intervention in selected villages in order to build right perspective among communities and address human rights violations that impacts lives of Dalit and other marginalized communities.
This will also help in promoting idea of building need based approach through vocational education and further enhance on self-depended on livelihood and it is expected to reach out to larger beneficiaries.
The strategy intended to moot new approach and criteria of common minimum programme under this Scholarship. The aim is to facilitate better planning of the partners work, better monitoring and evaluation of the programs successes, gaps and challenges across the region. The outcome, learning, challenges and results will be shared among the partners and to networking groups of DF.
The Common Minimum Program aims to following criteria while implementing the programme at ground zero.
  • Caste Discrimination and Untouchability: in Public School, among village Panchayat members and accesses to safe water and other resources.
  • Mobilization: Caste based violence, violence against women, minimum wages under NAREGA, rural livelihood mission, agricultural labour, and other unorganized sector, youth organization, sensitize panchayat members and other stakeholders
  • Organization: Social justice committees, Sub-caste discrimination, all poor platforms, art/culture/food festival
  • Education: common program of all children and children library and theatre group
Selection process:
Application and concept note are invited from potential CBOs and groups, the applications need to accompany with two page concept note on proposed work, strategy and time frame of the programme intervention.
Field Visit: Intense field visits will be carried out.
Project Selection Workshop:  Intense workshop for 3-4 days for the identification of partners.
Planning Workshops:
  • Joint planning and monitoring with tangible outcome.
  • Raising local resources for the sustainability of the programmes.
  • Skill building training for the volunteers (2 per village).
Agreement Letter will be sent and after the consent of the partner, financial disbursement will be carried out.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility Criteria for Grants
Applicant organizations must:

  • Work in innovative ways to bring about change on a range of Dalit issues such as land reforms, manual scavenging etc.
  • have an annual budget not exceeding Rupees 10 lakh [$25,000]
  • are led by people – especially women – from the discriminated community
  • focus on more than a single sub-caste
  • are not associated with any political party
    and have not been convicted of any offence
Eligibility Criteria for Fellowships
Applicants must:

  • Belong to the Dalit community
  • not be paid employees or consultants with any organization
  • are engaged in their individual capacity as activists or researchers, who have either
  • adequate academic qualification or work experience
  • not be office bearers of any political party
  • not have been convicted of any offence that would adversely affect the credibility of the Foundation.
  • Grant Making Procedure

    1. Concept Note
    Proposals are accepted throughout the year in any Indian language. The proposal requires a brief description of the project by the grant seekers, along with organization details (background, annual budget of past two years, registration certificate, FCRA, 80G and 12A status, etc) for organizational grants.
    2. Preliminary Approval
    After a desk study of the proposals, within a month the applicants are notified whether their proposals are selected for further evaluation or not.
    3.Field Visit
    The short-listed applicants are visited by representatives of Dalit Foundation (programme coordinators) who spend 3 days and 2 nights surveying the proposed work area and the work of the applicants. They live and eat in the homes of the applicants in order to fully grasp the ideology and workings of the applicant. Their observations on the field visits are documented in a specific format so as to ensure that all has been checked.
    4. Project Selection Workshop
    Based on the feedback/recommendations of the programme coordinators, the applicants are invited for a three day project selection workshop. At the end of the workshop, the participants are graded according to the matrix system. There are four project selection workshops held in a year, two for partners from North India and two for partners from South India.

    Allocation of funds

    Geographical coverage and focus areas of funds in India:
    The Foundation focuses on those states/areas of India, where Dalit concerns need to be addressed urgently. Since the approach to Dalit issues in the southern sector is more organised, Dalit Foundation is giving more emphasis to the northern sector. The major thrust is on support to new and nascent initiatives in neglected areas while strengthening existing movements and groups. Dalit Foundation’s primary area of focus throughout will be on Dalit led Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs).
    Region States Covered Percentage:

    Contact Us

    Our address:
    Dalit Foundation
    Dalit Shakti Kendra
    Village-Nani Devti
    Sanand-Bawla Highway
    Ahmedabad District
    Pin: 382100

    Tel: 9960187270
    For any programme related queries, please contact:
    For queries relating to volunteering, internship, contributions and publications, please contact:

    Dalit Foundation is a registered charitable trust (no. E/16122/ Ahmedabad) under Bombay Public Trust Act 1950 (29th Act).

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    • Opportunities for NGOs

      • DFID Development Innovation Fund, Last Date Anytime
      • DFID’s community linking programme in UK and Developing Countries: Last Date: Anytime
        • UN Indiginious Fellowship Programme
      • Changemakers Women Economic Development Challenge, Last Date 
      • Support for social inclusion and social protection of workers in the informal economy and of vulnerable groups at community level,
      • UN Voluntary Fund: 
      • Dubai International Award for Best Practices
      • Call for Proposal to build innovative public libraries from
      • Equator Prize 
      • UNESCO Leadership Training Programme for Human Rights Activists
      • International Academic Webcasting Grants for Developing Countries using OpenEyA 
      • SMILING Grants from the  European Commission to NGOs in Bangladesh,
      • USAIDS Fellowship for Young People of Developing Countries
      • King Baudouin International Development Prize for Organisations and Individuals in Developing Countries
      • Developing Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Methodologies and Services for the Informal Economy,
      • Call for Proposals: Swidish Special Initiative for Democratisation and Freedom of Expression
      • Request for Proposals: International Religious Freedom Programs
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