Started in 2015, the HCL Grant is a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) commitment by HCL, through HCL Foundation, to strengthen and empower NGOs, engage with them, as well as recognize them for their path-breaking work. Currently focused on rural development, the HCL Grant is awarded in three thematic categories, namely Environment, Health, and Education. HCL Grant is designed to support breakthrough projects proposed by NGOs that have a proven track record of evident impact, high credibility, and a distinct ability to deliver.
HCL Foundation (HCLF) was established in 2011 as the CSR arm of HCL Technologies. It is a value-driven, not-for-profit-organization, that thrives to contribute towards national and international development goals, bringing about a lasting positive impact in the lives of people, through long-term sustainable programs. For more details, please visit https://www.hclfoundation.org/
HCL Grant is HCL’s contribution towards Nation Building and is also one of the flagship programs under HCL Foundation, as part of its initiatives under the Corporate Social Responsibility regime.
Presently HCL Foundation is implementing four flagship programs, namely HCL Samuday, HCL Grant, HCL Uday, and Power of 1. Recently, HCL Foundation has also introduced 3 new initiatives i.e. Harit, Project Clean Noida, and HCL Foundation Academy. For more details on the projects, please visit https://www.hclfoundation.org/.
Started in 2015, the HCL Grant has already completed five editions and is now stepping into the 6th Edition in 2020.
Project Title & Geography: Be an Entrepreneur - 21st century entrepreneur skills for adolescents in 4 districts across Bihar and Uttar Pradesh
Project Title & Geography: Informed Collaborative Action for Resilience of ecosystems Conservation for natural resources through common land regime in 6 Districts across Rajasthan, Gujarat, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh & Odisha
Project Title & Geography: Creating Community-based Safety-net for better Health and Nutrition Outcomes for children, adolescents and women in 3 Districts of West Bengal
Project Title & Geography: Aflatoun – Social and Financial Education Program educate young generation on social and financial aspects of life in 5 Districts of Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra & Jharkhand
Project Title & Geography: Hill waters & wetlands for communities and wildlife – Eco restoration & applied ecology and Advocacy in Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, Tamil Nadu
Project Title & Geography: ECS Life Connect, Integrated approach to improve healthcare access and prevent maternal and child death in 3 Districts of Nagaland
Project Title & Geography: Inclusive Education for Children with Visual Impairment in 5 Districts across Rajasthan, Bihar & West Bengal.
Project Title & Geography: Connecting Landscapes, Empowering People and Protecting Elephants- An initiative to secure the Baghmara - Balpakram Elephant Corridor and protect the wildlife habitats of Garo Hills, Meghalaya.
Project Title & Geography: Humanitarian assistance to strengthen inclusion and safety of vulnerable persons especially women and children in conflict-affected areas of 5 districts across J&K.
Project Title & Geography: Educating the women farmers for better livelihood opportunities and better income generation in 2 districts of Jharkhand.
Project Title & Geography: Keeping Indigenous Bees Buzzing and Supporting Biodiversity Conservation in Tribal Communities of 4 districts across Gujarat, Maharashtra & Madhya Pradesh
Project Title & Geography: Eradicating TB and achieving mission of the PM/UN SDG Goal3 through a community driven, patient centric, technology supported, low cost model to improve rural conditions of Kullu District, Himachal Pradesh.
Project Title & Geography: Promoting Quality Education through a culture of peace and safe learning environments for the most marginalised children of 2 districts across Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh.
HCL Grant is a CSR Grant awarded to winner NGOs, selected through a competitive process, for a proposed project.
HCL Grant has 3 categories i.e. Environment, Health, and Education.
HCL Grant awards the winning NGOs in each of the categories of Environment, Health and Education, a grant of ₹ 5 Crore (~US$0.71 Million) for a 3-5 years project. The HCL Grant rewards the other finalists too, who are doing great work in their own right. So the 2 other finalists in each category receive a grant of ₹ 25 lakhs (~US$0.04 Million) for an year-long project which is mutually agreed with HCL Foundation after the final Jury meet. Thus, the total committed fund for HCL Grant is ₹16.5 Crores (~US$2.36 Million), for Edition VI.
HCL Grant is open for any geography within India but limited to rural areas.
No. HCL Grant doesn’t differentiate on any beneficiary type.
No. HCL Grant doesn’t differentiate on NGO background or type. However, eligibility criteria are defined for an NGO to qualify for the evaluation process.
No. However, HCL Grant embraces the use of technology as an innovative element.
HCL Grant amount is given to the winning NGO in a dedicated bank account opened by the NGO for HCL Foundation specifically for the implementation of the proposed project.
No. HCL Grant doesn’t charge any fee for the application; it accepts applications free of charge through its official website https://www.hclfoundation.org/hcl-grant
Further, HCL Foundation and HCL Grant have not authorized any individual or agency or organization to accept the application on its behalf.
HCL Grant takes pride in its rigorous, multi-level screening and shortlisting process, which spans across 250 days after which the results are announced.
Around March/April 2021 for Edition VI. Specific dates will be announced soon.
The winning NGO will have to commence the project in April 2021 for Edition 6.
In line with the goals and objectives of the HCL Foundation, HCL Grant is designed only for rural areas. Whereas, there are other programs of HCL Foundation which focusses on urban, peri-urban, and semi-urban areas. Please visit our website for more information https://www.hclfoundation.org/
The duration of the proposed project for HCL Grant should be between 3 to 5 years. However, an organization is free to apply for a project with more than 5 years period; however, funding from HCL Grant will remain limited to 5 years only. The organization will be responsible for soliciting funding for the rest of the project period from other sources.
The budget for the proposed project for HCL Grant should be limited to ₹5crores. However, an organization is free to apply for a project with a total budget of over ₹5crores; however, funding from HCL Grant will remain limited to ₹5crores only. The organization will be responsible for soliciting the rest of the funding from other sources.
Yes, HCL Grant is open to projects which involve funding from other agencies. Details of such funding to be shared with the HCL Foundation as part of the process.
Yes, there are no exceptions to this. It is mandatory.
Yes, there are no exceptions to this. It is mandatory.
No. The organization must be a registered not-for-profit entity in India i.e. Society, Trust, Section 8 (previously Section 25) company or any other (in line with Section 135 of Companies Act 2013).
No. HCL Grant is only meant for not-for-profit organizations registered in India and is allowed to receive funding under Section 135 of the Companies Act 2013.
Functional experience is the number of years/months/days, calculated basis the registration date of the organization (captured on the registration certificate i.e., Trust Deed/Certificate of Incorporation/Certificate of Registration) and a specific end date decided by HCL Grant team. For edition 6, the end date is 31st March 2020.
The functional experience is required at the organization level (collectively) irrespective of how many themes it is/has working/ed on and the number of years it has spent in each of the themes. The requirement of functional experience varies with the category chosen; please refer to eligibility criteria for more details. You can refer to the information above to understand how functional experience is calculated.
Average expenditure is calculated using the below formula :--
Herein, expenditure is meant as the Net Expenditure (Gross Expenditure – Surplus/Unspent expenditure) made by the organization as captured in the Income & Expenditure table of Annual Audited Financials. Audited financials of the last 3 financial years, FY 2016-2017, FY2017-2018, and FY2018-19, is taken into consideration for the evaluation.
The average expenditure is required at the organization level (collectively) irrespective of how many themes it is/has working/ed on and the amount it has spent in each of the themes. The requirement of average expenditure varies with the category chosen; please refer to eligibility criteria for more details. You can refer to the information above to understand how average expenditure is calculated.
Yes. There are no restrictions on existing or past partners, except for the past winners of HCL Grant whose enegagement with HCL Foundation is still on.
Winner organization(s) including finalists, whose proposed project is complete in all respects by 31st March 2020 are eligible to apply.
Yes. There are no restrictions on past participants unless declared a winner.
It is recommended to submit only one application per cycle/edition.
Yes, till the time applicant organization is a registered not-for-profit organization in India and is allowed to receive funding under Section 135 of the Companies Act 2013. It is important to note that the sub-granting of HCL Grant funds is not allowed, and the applicant organization will be solely responsible for the management and implementation of the proposed project.
Sub-granting of funds means funds provided by HCL Foundation for the proposed project are transferred to another agency/individual/etc. for any activity related to management or implementation (among others), of the successful completion of the proposed project.
No. Eligibility criteria are applicable to the applicant organization, as a single entity, only.
HCL Grant Edition 6 application window started on 17 June 2020.
HCL Grant Edition 6 application window ends on 8 August 2020
No. Once your application is submitted, no changes are allowed. It is recommended to review your application multiple times before final submission.
Yes. On submission of your application, a PDF is generated, which you can download and save for future reference and other endeavors.
Post submission, a confirmation/acknowledgment e-mail is sent automatically by the backend server to the registered e-mail id. If you do not receive the e-mail within 24 hours of the submission, please write to email@example.com
HCL Grant has seven stages of evaluation, which spans over a 250-day cycle. Information on the application status at each stage is sent through an e-mail by the HCL Grant PMO. Further, a status for each stage is also updated on the HCL Grant website. If you do not receive a status update on your application within 24 hours of the website update, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org
No. HCL Grant accepts applications submitted through its online platform only.
English. We are exploring possibilities of adding other languages also, but until now, it is limited to English only.
“The Fifth Estate – The HCL Grant Compendium” is the first ever, sector -wide, comprehensive compendium of highly credible NGOs, highlighting their proposals submitted for HCL Grant, striving towards the empowerment of rural India. Each one of these case studies are examples of best practices in arenas of environment, health and education, with evidence of meaningful transformation in rural belt of this diverse nation. You can download it from the HCL Grant Website.
Organizations shortlisted for the Sub Jury round of HCL Grant gets featured in the HCL Grant compendium.