Oak Foundation’s Joint India Programme: Concept Notes for Grants of up to USD 25,000 can be Submitted Anytime!


Organisation: Oak Foundation

Apply By:  No Deadline


The Oak Foundation provides funding support to Indian organisations working on various issues through its Joint India Programme. The programme addresses a combination of issues that affect populations with less access to resources in Jharkhand and West Bengal located in east India. 

Through this programme, Oak Foundation strives to improve the lives of the most marginalised groups; institutionalise practices that address poverty and social injustice; and build strong organisations at the grassroots.

Priority Areas

  • Supporting safe migration and fair labour. For example, we fund the Jharkhand Anti-trafficking Network, a cohort of 14 local organisations. It supports migrant communities to access information that helps them collaborate with the government to ensure the effective implementation of laws and policies. This helps protect them socially and economically, thus helping prevent their exploitation.
  • Supporting sustainable urban development, responsive governance and safety in mobility. For example, we fund Ekjut in Jharkhand, which helps build the capacity of the State Department of Urban Planning and Development, city corporations and civil society to understand the needs of the urban poor and homeless populations, and provide them with appropriate services.
  • Supporting sustainable use and conservation of natural resources. For example, we fund the Global Greengrants Fund to support small and marginal farmers to practice organic agriculture as a strategy to adapt to climate change.
  • Supporting freedom from violence in public and private spaces. For example, we fund SWAYAM in West Bengal to mobilise communities to stop tolerating violence. It also provides support to survivors of violence, including psychosocial counselling, legal and medical aid and shelter.

Funding Areas in India

Foundation fund organisations that operate in West Bengal and Jharkhand in east India. 

Grants Available

Applicants can apply for grants under USD 25,000.

Funding Principles Applicants needs to fulfill

Drawing from the principles of the Child Abuse, Environment, Housing and Homelessness, International Human Rights and Issues Affecting Women Programmes, Foundation support initiatives that:

  1. work to prevent violence against children;
  2. create strong, visible and effective women’s movements;
  3. prevent trafficking and exploitation;
  4. help achieve housing stability;
  5. multiply and amplify influential voices; and
  6. work with governments to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

How to Apply

  • Organisations who are interested in seeking a grant should submit a concept note through the online application form.  
  • Foundation will respond within three months if we require further information or if the applicant is invited to submit a formal proposal. 

For more information about this programme, please visit Oak Foundation India