NOIDA: HCL Foundation, social arm of HCL Technologies, a leading IT company, has announced its fourth consecutive year of the HCL Grant and invites applications from NGOs contributing towards rural development.
HCL Grant recognizes the NGOs that strive for transformation through path breaking work and have good governance and institutional mechanisms.
Applications are invited from NGOs who are working with the commitment to strive for transformation in the areas of Education, Health and Environment.
The third edition of HCL Grant witnessed an overwhelming response from the participants as it received 3449 entries in all three categories from across the country, representing almost every Indian state, as well as union territories.
The first three editions of HCL Grant have been endorsed by senior most leadership of the country, Former President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, Honorable Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs, Arun Jaitely and Honorable Home Minister, Rajnath Singh who felicitated the recipients and also complimented HCL on the institutionalization of a mechanism for Corporate Social Responsibility through CSR.
“We are receiving concepts from NGOs who are working in their particular areas and making a difference. We are excited to start this journey again and help NGOs to contribute towards the betterment of society”, said Nidhi Pundhir, Director – CSR and Head – HCL Foundation
The NGOs will be shortlisted by jury through a selection process which is focused on both the Idea as well as an ability to transform those ideas into implementable projects that sustainably brings about positive rural transformation.
The Jury for third edition of HCL Grant comprised of Robin Abrams – Former President of Palm Computing, and the longest-serving Board member of HCL Technologies, Dr. Isher Judge Ahluwalia- Chairperson of Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations, B.S. Baswan – Former Director, Indian Institute of Public Administration and Civil Servant, Richard Lariviere – President and CEO, Field Museum, Chicago and Former President of the University of Oregon, Pallavi Shroff – Managing Partner of Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co. and Shiv Nadar – Founder & Chairman, HCL.
The applicants fulfilling the eligibility criteria are required to fill the online application form and project proposal form. Scalability, sustainability, relevance, innovation and financial modelling are some of the key attributes that become qualifying criteria for HCL Grant besides the eligibility criteria that apply.
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