What are the projects for which assistance is given by the Ministry?
The ministry currently extends assistance to Non-Governmental Organizations working for the welfare of disadvantaged sections of the society like Scheduled Castes, Other Backward Classes, Minorities, the Aged, Drug Addicts, Street Children, Disabled under schemes separately designed to address these target groups. Generally all these schemes support projects in the area of education, training, rehabilitation of the targeted groups. Recurring expenditure on components such as honorarium to staff, other recurring non-honorarium items such as rent, food expenses, contingencies, stipend to trainees/students, transport allowances and non recurring items such as furniture, equipments, construction of building etc are supported under these projects.
Who are eligible to apply for assistance?
What basic conditions are required to be fulfilled by an eligible organization?
Ans: The basic conditions are required to be fulfilled by an eligible organization are:
Can an NGO get assistance for various projects under different schemes?
Yes, provided the eligibility criterion and basic conditions are fulfilled. However, as a matter of policy, the Ministry seeks to broad base the voluntary action movement and at the same time ensure that there is wider sectoral as well as geographical coverage, by rationalizing its intervention on a circumstantial and regional needs basis.
Does an NGO need to have experience in the field for which assistance is sought?
Yes. A minimum of two years of experience in the field of activity for which assistance is sought is necessary.
How does an NGO apply for assistance?
Whom do I address my application to?
All applications or advance copy of application as the case may be will have to be addressed to the Joint Secretary (NGO_Division) in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment,
What are the documents that would normally be required to be enclosed with the application?
The essential documents which should be enclosed with the application for 1st Instalment or new case are:
What is the limitation on the number of projects an NGO can apply for?
As a norm, a single project is considered in the first instance. However, the Ministry may exercise its discretion in awarding more than one project depending on the need and merit of the case.
Can one propose a project to be implemented only after receipt of grant assistance?
No, as was pointed out in FAQ  at least two years experience in the field is essential. The Ministry may exercise its discretion in waiving this condition on special grounds for proposals that pertain to insurgency prone regions like J&K and the North-East.
What is the normal time taken for sanction of grant?
Assuming that all requisite documents is available and up-to-date, and that funds are available under the schemes, the processing and final sanction of grant takes one and a half to two months time
Can I get assistance from the Ministry which is for a project which is currently being funded from other government agencies?
Assistance for a particular project should be accessed from only one source of funding.