Request for Proposals from Grassroots CSOs

Request for Proposals from Grassroots CSOs

Organization: Rise Against Hunger India

Apply By: 30 Nov 2020


Request for Proposals from Grassroots CSOs

Rise Against Hunger India

Rise Against Hunger India is an international hunger relief organization that provides food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable, by creating global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources to end hunger by 2030.

In line with the outcomes as defined under the United Nations Sustainable Goal #2 of Zero Hunger, Rise Against Hunger India has developed program pathways (Theory of Change) that focus on implementation of sustainable community development projects while addressing immediate food need through meal distribution program to vulnerable groups and crisis-affected population.  Our meal packaging and other volunteering activities harnesses the passion of local volunteers.  Through all these efforts, we aim to make a lasting impact on hunger by building resilience, self-sufficiency and empowerment among the communities we work in and with. In summary, we strive to achieve our goals of ‘food and nutrition secure communities” through the following key program pillars:

  1. Nourishing Lives
  2. Community Empowerment, and
  3. Crisis Response

Over the past 5 years, Rise Against Hunger has been able to impact 1.2 million lives through various initiatives under these three pillars and with support from nearly 45,000 volunteers.

SAMBAL Project

For its Community Empowerment program pillar, Rise Against Hunger India has identified several clusters of Aspirational Districts to work with food insecure communities and households to help them achieve sustainable food and nutrition security. This initiative named as the SAMBAL PROJECT - SMALL GRANT SUPPORT FOR PROMOTING SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOOD IN MARGINALISED AREAS AND COMMUNITIES – launched on October 16, 2020, will be implemented in the following clusters in the first phase:

  • Cluster 1 - Odisha - Malkangiri, Koraput, Nabrangpur; Chhattisgarh - Bastar, Dantewada; Andhra Pradesh - Vizianagaram
  • Cluster 2 – Jharkhand - Godda, Dumka, Sahibganj, Pakur; Bihar - Banka, Jamui; West Bengal – Birbhum
  • Cluster 3 – Madhya Pradesh - Dhar, Barwani; Maharashtra – Nandurbar; Gujarat - Narmada


Rise Against Hunger India is looking for partnership with grassroots organizations and community groups working in any of these identified clusters.  It is envisaged that projects in the initial stages would be limited to small geographies (e.g. a group of villages, panchayats, one block etc. within a District). Till management capacity has been upgraded of the field groups, the area of operation will be limited to small clusters within the bigger cluster.

Eligibility Criteria

Grant funding will be for a period of 18 to 24 months (upon successful completion, the project will be scaled up and extended to new geographies).  Those willing to apply for this opportunity must fulfil the following eligibility criteria:

  1. Must have its registered address in one of the Districts in the cluster
  2. Annual turnover from all sources is not more than 25 lakhs per-annum
  3. Must have worked minimum 3 years in the area for which it is applying for the small grant
  4. Must be willing to work with limited resources and open to receive small grants (upper limit 5 lakhs)
  5. Preference will be given to organizations working in the most marginalized areas and with most unreached communities in the geographies, including the migrant populations affected by COVID-19.
  6. Prior experience of working in livelihood, food security will be considered a bonus
  7. Must have a functional Board (must have met regularly for the past 2 years and recorded their minutes of the meeting)
  8. Organizations that can demonstrate implementation of successful projects with limited resources (less than 10% admin) and with significant community contributions/participation.
  9. Organizations meeting the legal compliances and norms of good governance and accountability.
  10. Must have the willingness to work on a tight budget with small grant support program

How to Apply

Organizations meeting the Eligibility Criteria above can apply online by visiting this this link – this link also has the detailed RFP, application format and eligibility criteria.

The initial application is asking for ideas that can be further strengthened or developed.  From among the applicants, Rise Against Hunger will select project ideas based on the strength of the concept and probability of reaching the final outcomes. We will work with successful partners in refining, strengthening and finalizing the proposal.

Last Date of Application: November 30 2020

For further details: contact info@riseagainsthungerindia.org or call +91 80 2542 6948



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