Paul Hamlyn Foundation Grants: Empowering Vulnerable Communities in India

Aim of the Fund

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation Grants aim to enable vulnerable communities living in priority geographical areas in India to improve their lives. These communities have inherent strengths that are often overlooked when modern development frameworks are used to view them. They have closely knit societies, progressive views on resource utilization and sustainability, and a deep connection with the environment. However, they also face challenges of inequality and limited opportunities.

Vulnerable Communities

The fund focuses on working with various vulnerable communities in both rural and urban areas. These include ultra poor families, Dalit communities, tribal communities, women, disabled people, communities with limited access to health services and education, and unorganized labor.

Assisting Vulnerable Communities

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation Grants support NGOs in designing and developing programs that help vulnerable communities build on their strengths, protect their rights, and address critical factors that make them vulnerable. The fund also supports initiatives that facilitate leadership-influenced change processes and the development of community leadership.

Priority Geographical Areas

The fund supports work in the central part of India, particularly in states such as Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar, West Bengal, and Assam. It also extends support to culturally identifiable regions in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan, such as Mewar and Hadoti, Bundelkhand, The Dangs, Telangana, and Vidharbha.


Organizations supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Grants must be local Indian NGOs with FCRA registration. Political or religious institutions, non-Indian organizations, and organizations without FCRA registration are not eligible for support. The foundation prefers to work with organizations that prioritize honesty, transparency, community leadership or participation, and local knowledge and experience.


Applications for the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Grants can be made at any time. They are assessed in March and October each year. Interested organizations can access the online application form and complete an eligibility quiz to determine their eligibility. The foundation does not support retrospective funding, proposals for the benefit of one individual, general circulars/appeals, or proposals solely focused on purchasing property or equipment.

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