Grants for Disadvantaged to Become Self-Reliant

Gupta Family Foundation

Relevent Country: India

The Gupta Family Foundation is offering grants to support organizations that provide focused intervention in the lives of people who have been disadvantaged in some way to help them become self-reliant.

The Foundation takes a very broad view of “disadvantage” to include anything that holds a person back from realizing their potential, such as poverty, physical or mental disability, social alienation, etc. The foundation also supports relief agencies that serve people affected by emergencies such as natural disasters.

Funding Information

  • The foundation evaluates and awards annual and multi-year grants ranging from $5,000 to over $250,000 (USD).

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must operate in one of the following countries: India, the United States, Botswana, Kenya, Mexico, Mongolia, Rwanda, South Africa, or Thailand.
  • Applicants must have a budget between $300,000 and $3,000,000.
  • Qualifying grantee organizations are typically US-based IRS 501(c)(3) entities although foreign organizations may also qualify for grants by submitting the GFF Foreign Entity Affidavit found.
  • The Foundation’s Board members conduct site visits to grantee organizations prior to funding and periodically thereafter, to personally get to know the founders/leaders, experience their activities, and make sure that the organization is authentic, effective, and is being run efficiently.

Selection Criteria

Selection criteria include:

  • Mission alignment
  • The organization is run by the founder or, if not, by a successor who embodies the original inspiration, passion and commitment of the founder.
  • At least 90% of grant monies reaches the intended beneficiaries.
  • The organization is non-sectarian, i.e.,
  • It does not, directly or indirectly, support or condone the proselytization of any religion,
  • It is not supported by or affiliated to a religious organization.