2nd March 2023 Rebuild India Fund, anchored by Dasra and the Tarsadia Foundation, has announced the launch of its next set of 33 locally-led and community-rooted grassroots NGOs. With this addition, the total number of NGOs working with vulnerable communities across 21 states has reached 56 with an overall impact on approximately 4 million lives. Rebuild India Fund is a $50 million fund committed to providing flexible funding and capacity-building support to 100 new grassroots NGOs each year for five years.
In India, civil society organizations have played a crucial role in solving some of these complex challenges with vulnerable communities. But chronic underfunding limits their ability to deliver impact at scale. To address these challenges, every NGO chosen to be a part of the initiative’s cohort will receive flexible funding of minimum INR 50 lakhs (~$13,500) over a period of five years, enabling them to cover organizational expenses and adapt to their communities’ needs effectively. In addition to this, each organization will receive capacity building support to support resilience building of the organization.
. On receiving flexible funding, our NGO partners are able to respond to urgent and longstanding organizational needs while being able to impact their communities at scale, “We work with tribals living in the disaster-prone region of Gudalur in Tamil Nadu, there can be unexpected expenses and relief work necessary to address immediate needs. The flexibility of using our funds to meet our unexpected needs is something very useful from Rebuild India Fund” – K.T. Subramanian, ACCORD- Action for Community Organisation Rehabilitation and Development.
Selection of our NGO partner s
The selection process for non-profits to the Rebuild Fund is meticulously designed to identify the most grassroot organizations by evaluating them against a basic eligibility criterion, including oragnization’s existing budget and regulatory compliance. The organizations are recommended by networks working at the national and regional level such as Dhwani, GOONJ, RCRC, Womanity, NCDHR, Jan Vikas and others.
The final selection of the NGOs is done by an independent Investment Committee comprising diverse leaders from NGOs and social sector organizations. NGOs that meet compliance criteria, are then assessed using a comprehensive evaluation and ranking method that is anchored in Gender, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion( GEDI) principles that focus on the broad parameters of Leadership of the NGO, Community Centricity of programme design, and Vulnerability of communities served.
All the organizations selected are systematically neglected and face multiple challenges with fundraising, collaborations and exposure to the larger sector. 54% of the cohort NGOs are women-led, while 55% are led by ‘proximate’ leaders, with lived experiences, belonging to communities they serve. All other NGOs are led by ‘inclusive’ leaders from neglected and marginalized communities based on caste and gender.
All the NGOs selected for the Rebuild India Fund work with six target communities – Scheduled Tribes (68%) including Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTG), Scheduled Castes (61%), Religious Minorities (27%), LGBTQIA++ (5%), Nomadic and Denotified Tribes (9%), Persons with Disabilities (13%), Other Backward Castes (11%) and Backward Castes (5%).
Dasra, which means ‘enlightened giving’ in Sanskrit, has worked to catalyze social change since 1999.
Dasra was founded on the premise that supporting non-profits in their growth will scale their impact on the vulnerable lives they serve. It focuses on strengthening nonprofits, supporting philanthropists to build strong and equal partnerships with organizations, educating them on effective principles of giving, and enabling the government to better serve communities.