The Sir Dorabji Tata Trust Grant


The Sir Dorabji Tata Trust Grant


The Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, established in 1932 by Sir Dorabji Tata, the elder son of Jamsetji Tata, founder of the Tata Group, is one of the oldest, non-sectarian philanthropic organizations in India. Its vision of proactive philanthropy has been catalytic to the developmental works carried out in the country, while all its initiatives have had contemporary relevance.


Like his father, Sir Dorabji believed that one must make use of the wealth one had acquired for constructive purposes. So, in less than a year after his wife Meherbai's death, he donated all his wealth to the Trust, insisting that it must be used "without any distinction of place, nationality or creed", for the advancement of learning and research, the relief of distress and other charitable purposes. He died three months later.


The Sir Dorabji Tata Trust is mandated to: 


1.     » Maintain and support schools, educational institutions and hospitals

2.     » Provide relief in distress caused by the elements of nature such as famine, pestilence, fire, tempest, flood, earthquake or any other calamity

3.     » Help advancement of learning in all its branches especially research work in medical and industrial problems

4.     » Offer financial aid to the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, by instituting professorships or lectureships or giving scholarships

5.     » Award fellowships in any branch of science or assist students to study abroad either by payment of lump sums grants or by payment of periodical sums

6.     » Give aid to any other charitable institutions or objects endowed by the settler in his lifetime, or by the grandfather, father or both of the settler.


The Sir Dorabji Tata Trust is best known for promoting and setting up pioneering institutions of national importance. 


1.     » Tata Institute of Social Sciences, (1936)

2.     » Tata Memorial Hospital (1941)

3.     » Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, (1945) 

4.     » National Centre for the Performing Arts, (1966) 

5.     » The National Institute of Advanced Studies (1988)

6.     » The J. R. D. Tata Centre for Ecotechnology (1998)

7.     » The Sir Dorabji Tata Centre for Research in Tropical Diseases (2000)


The Sir Dorabji Tata Trust provides financial assistance under following categories:


1.     » Institutions


2.     » NGOs or Voluntary Organizations


3.     » Small Grants for NGOs




The Sir Dorabji Tata Trust has established in its first 50 years, pioneering institutions that have all grown to be of national importance. The Trust continues to support and nurture these institutions in myriad ways using an internal appraisal process.


NGOs or Voluntary Organizations


Thoughtful and committed programs initiated by organizations in priority areas are considered for financial support. The Sir Dorabji Tata Trust draws on the expertise of its staff and specialist consultants who travel widely, study project proposals and keep abreast of developments in each of the sectors. They assess proposals; make recommendations to project holders and after sanction of grants monitor and evaluate the programs.


While no specific format is prescribed, applications should preferably include:


1.     » A description of the proposed project with clearly articulated objectives, plans/programs or activities, and mechanisms for impact assessment.


2.     » A profile of the project holder (qualifications, achievements, experience) and a brief background of the core team.


3.     » Registration Certificates of the organization and Income-tax Exemption Certificates.


4.     » The financial audited statements of the last three years and Annual Reports.


Small Grants


This is a flexible scheme where registered NGOs may request financial support. Limited grants are available for a wide variety of philanthropic activities. Each appeal is examined on its own merit.


The criteria for qualifying for such grants would be: 


1.     » The NGO must have been in existence at least for one financial year. 


2.     » It should work in a thematic area supported by the Trust. 


3.     » Organizations in rural areas would be preferred. 


4.     » The total expenditure of the organization should not have exceeded Rs 2.00 million in the last financial year.


5.     » The organization should not employ more than 20 individuals.


6.     Large organizations would also be eligible to apply for a grant towards specific projects namely:


7.     » Strategic planning and/or evaluation exercises.


8.     » Focused research activities.


9.     » Mainstreaming of innovations.


10.                        » Setting up or strengthening of internal systems.


11.                        » Project planning and appraisal.


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