Applications invited for India Open Grants Fund

Applications invited for India Open Grants Fund

Organization: Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF)

Apply By: 25 Sep 2019

About the Organization

Paul Hamlyn Foundation was established by Paul Hamlyn in 1987. Their mission is to help people overcome disadvantage and lack of opportunity, so that they can realise their potential and enjoy fulfilling and creative lives. They have a particular interest in supporting young people and a strong belief in the importance of the arts.

About the Fund

This Fund seeks to meet their strategic aim to enable vulnerable communities living in priority geographical areas to improve their lives. Communities also face many challenges with inequality of opportunity, driven by a combination of social and systemic drivers that can be difficult to overcome without the right support. Movements, over time, of people to urban centres, driven by economic forces, have also transported some of these issues to urban centres.


Among vulnerable communities they include the following as a non exclusive, indicative list of special interest groups that they will work with in both rural and urban areas:

  • Ultra poor families in mixed communities
  • Dalit communities, particularly those involved with inhuman occupations
  • Tribal communities fighting for or dispossessed of their land and resources
  • Women
  • Disabled people, particularly children
  • Communities with little or no access to health services
  • Communities with little or no access to education
  • Unorganised labour

This fund assists NGOs to consciously design and develop programmes which assist vulnerable communities to build on their strengths, ensure that their rights and entitlements are not usurped and help them deal with the critical factors that make them vulnerable.

Priority geographical areas

They support work in the following states:

  • Madhya Pradesh
  • Chhattisgarh
  • Odisha
  • Jharkhand
  • Bihar
  • West Bengal
  • Assam

In addition to these states they also support work in certain culturally identifiable regions in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan which are worse off than other parts in those states:

  • Mewar and Hadoti (southern and south-eastern Rajasthan)
  • Bundelkhand (Northern Madhya Pradesh and southern districts of Uttar Pradesh bordering Madhya Pradesh)
  • The Dangs (south-eastern Gujarat)
  • Telangana (northern Andhra Pradesh)
  • Vidharbha (eastern and northern Maharashtra

Overarching criteria of projects

  • They will support work which is intended to improve the overall wellbeing of communities, groups and people. The works may be in one or more thematic areas, whether health, education, governance, livelihoods, empowerment, or any other which assists them to deal with the immediate causes of their vulnerability but begins to look at the longer term factors that need to be addressed to help them get out of it.
  • Works proposed by NGOs for funding should fit in well with the NGO’s own long-term perspective plan. The justification for taking up such work should be clear and it should reflect the concerns of the communities. Communities should have played a core role in developing the ideas with the NGO.
  • More specifically, PHF will support work which results in an empowered community; which helps them address the factors that cause their vulnerability; and provides them an opportunity to look for long-term solutions to their problems either by strengthening themselves or influencing policy that works in their favour.
  • Local Self Government Institutions: They see the involvement of Local Self Government Institutions comprising both the panchayats (in rural areas) and the municipalities (in urban areas) as an essential sustainability mechanism for all the work that we fund. PHF will encourage NGOs to search for and develop the essential links between the work that they propose to implement and the role that the panchayats/municipalities play.


  • Organisations supported within the India programme have to be local Indian NGOs with Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) registration.
  • They do not support non-Indian organisations or locally registered branches of non-Indian organisations. They do not support organisations without FCRA registration (please note that they do not work on prior permission).
  • They do not support political or religious institutions.
  • If applicant does choose to pursue an application for support from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, please ensure that he/she does it directly and not through consultants or fundraisers.
  • They prefer to work with organisations that have self-imposed and self-implemented policies on honesty and transparency in their finances and operations that are of the highest standard. They also prefer to work with organisations whose strategies and activities are formed on the basis of community leadership or participation, local knowledge and experience.

They will not support:

  • Individuals or proposals for the benefit of one individual
  • Retrospective funding for work that has already started
  • General circulars/appeals
  • Proposals that solely concentrate on the purchasing of property, equipment or other capital items
  • Overseas activities, including travel, expeditions, adventure and residential courses

Size of grants

There is no minimum or maximum grant size. The amount one requests should be the amount one needs. They normally expect the amount requested to be a substantial part of the amount required to fund a distinct activity, or a substantial part of the work of your organisation. They are unlikely to fund 100 per cent of the costs. They prefer to make grants where applicant and/or another funder are also contributing, preferably in cash, towards the cost of the activity applicant is asking them to fund.

Duration of grants

The length of grant depends on the proposed activity. Typically, they support new grantees for one or two years to support organisational adjustments prior to awarding funding for longer periods.

Application Time

Applications for work under their Open Grants Fund can be made at any time. Applications are assessed in March and October each year.

How to Apply

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