Sunday, September 8, 2013

Sir Dorabji Tata Trust-Small Grants facility

Name of ODA agency/Ministry

Sir Dorabji Tata Trust

Name of grant programme

Small Grants facility

The Sir Dorabji Tata Trust was founded in 1932 by Sir Dorabji Tata for the purpose of encouraging  learning and research in the country, for providing relief during crises and calamities, and for carrying out charitable activities. The Sir Dorabji Tata Trust has a group of allied trusts that are regarded as a single charitable institution.

The Sir Dorabji Tata Trust has the Small Grants facility in the health sector for the purpose of research and knowledge for promoting low-cost health delivery and health financing and studies on non-communicable diseases. It also focuses on integration of the physically and mentally challenged in mainstream society. It also tackles issues of gender-based violence.

Types of Grant

Co-financing grants

Grant Size

Determined on a case-by-case basis

Own Contribution

The grant covers 80 – 90% of the project cost.

Funding Priorities

Ø  Community health with a focus on child and maternal health and child nutrition.
Ø  Treatment and care of the physically and mentally challenged and their integration into society.
Ø  Integration of the Indian systems of medicine.
Ø  Improved health-infrastructure in rural areas.
Ø  Strengthening of community-based maternity centers.
Ø  Training of village health workers.
Ø  In areas of disability, the focus is on early intervention, community-based approaches to providing care and rehabilitation, skill development and employability of the disabled.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible applicants are registered Non-Governmental Organisations in India who can work in a strategic partnership with the fund. The initiative must be in line with the strategic framework:

Ø  It should be of benefit to the target population long term.
Ø  There should be capacity building measures to ensure sustainability.
Ø  There should be a focus on rehabilitation and integration of the physically and mentally challenged
Ø  in mainstream society.


There is no prescribed format but the general guidelines can be downloaded from the website at
Project Duration

Three to five years


There are no set deadlines.

Application Forms

There is no specific application format. However, applications should include:

Ø  A description of the proposed project with clearly articulated objectives, plans/programs or activities,
and mechanisms for impact assessment.
Ø  A profile of the project holder (qualifications, achievements, experience) and a brief background of
Ø  the core team.
Ø  Registration certificate of the organisation and Incometax Exemption Certificates.
Ø  The financial audited statements of the last three years and Annual Reports.

Application and Procedures

After receiving a project proposal, the Trust will asses it and makes any necessary recommendations to the project holder before approving the project. Follow the link for any updated



Some information regarding disbursement of grants and partnerships with NGOs can be downloaded from the website at


Official name

Sir Dorabji Tata Trust


+ 91 22 6665 8282




Sir Dorabji Tata Trust
Bombay House
24, Homi Mody Street

Mumbai 400 001, India

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