Deadline: 05 December 2015
The Harvard University South Asia Institute and the Tata Trusts are collaborating for a project with the overarching theme of Social Entrepreneurship and Livelihood Creation in India. The Rural Livelihoods component of this project focuses on strengthening the organizations in the handicrafts and handlooms sectors.
The capacity building curriculum will be designed as per the requirements of the participating organizations and will equip them with practical skills, tools, and knowledge that they require to maximize and deepen the impact of their work and the scale of their activities. The organizations will also be eligible to apply for social innovation grants that will be awarded to those who demonstrate potential for innovation and impact.

Selection Criteria
The participating organization should qualify on all the grounds mentioned below:
* Legally registered and operating as a social enterprise (nonprofit, for profit, or hybrid model) in India.
* Should be primarily involved in the handicrafts and/or hand-looms sector. If the organization has multiple activities, handicrafts and/or hand-looms should be a major focus area.
* Must have developed an innovative practice or is working on an activity that has resulted in significant impact and has potential to expand activities.

Social Innovation Grants
We want to provide organizations in the handicrafts and handlooms sector that focus on social change and welfare, grants of up to INR 10 lakh. These grants will be available to non-profit organizations and social businesses to fund innovations and learnings from the capacity building workshop.  The grants will also enable them to implement initiatives to create a greater impact by either scaling existing initiatives or piloting new ones. In addition to funding, the grantees will also receive mentoring from experts throughout the course of this project.
Only those organizations that apply for the capacity building workshop are eligible to apply for the social innovation grants.
The amount of funding will depend on the requirements, scale of proposed impact, and the budget provided by the applicant. A budget should also be provided as it will be an important assessment criterion for the selection committee.  Over-budgeting and/or  under-budgeting will be considered a negative. Disbursement of funds will be done on a timeline that is determined on a case-by-case basis, depending on the proposed project plan and timeline provided by the organization. The selection committee shall reserve the right to decide the final grant amount for each organization.