In order to impart capacity building among the NGOs for better implementation of corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives, HCL Foundation, the CSR arm of HCL Technologies today hosted the eleventh symposium in the series, “CSR for Nation Building” in Delhi.
HCL Foundation hosted the various sessions where NGOs working in the areas of healthcare, environment, education, livelihood among other social cause attended the sessions and shared their experiences and challenges.
Nidhi Pundhir, Director – CSR and Head – HCL Foundation, said, “We hope that through the symposiums we will be able to positively contribute to capacity building of our NGOs working in remote rural locations and share ideas and solutions. The objective of these nation-wide symposiums is to drive inclusive development models that are innovative, add equitable value and help NGOs gain better understanding of the sector.”
The symposiums in series so far in 10 cities – Hyderabad, Jammu, Pune, Bhopal, Ranchi, Coimbatore, Udaipur, Vadodara, Dehradun and Bangalore received a tremendous response in terms of NGOs coming forward and showcasing their work models towards the development of the society. The next symposium on the same theme will be hosted in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh.
The symposiums are part of capacity building initiatives that HCL Foundation started in 2017.
As part of the capacity building initiatives, panel discussions and open house sessions were conducted with local NGO representatives and civil society experts on themes such as – Strategising CSR to achieve Sustainable Development Goals: Global to Local and Challenges and Opportunities for local area development: Education, Health and Environment.
Started in 2015, HCL Grant is a CSR programme by HCL, through HCL Foundation to strengthen and empower NGOs, engage with them, as well as recognise them for their path breaking work. Currently focused at rural development, the HCL Grant is awarded in three thematic categories, namely environment, health and education.
The Grant is designed to NGOs, that have a proven track record of evident impact, high credibility and distinct ability to deliver. NGOs that reach out to marginalised, isolated, underserved and underdeveloped rural communities in India, and work jointly to achieve sustainable socio-economic development.
In its 4th year now, HCL Grant has opened application for HCL Grant 2019. The last date to submit entries is June 4th 2018.
The third edition of HCL Grant witnessed an overwhelming response from the participants and it received 3,449 entries in all three categories from across the country, representing almost every Indian state, as well as union territories. Through edition 4, the HCL Grant envisions to identify another set of NGOs doing phenomenal work.
The NGOs will be shortlisted by entrusted eminent jury panel through a transparent selection process which is focused on both the “Idea” as well as the NGO’s ability to transform those ideas into implementable projects that sustainably brings about positive rural transformation. 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.
Through HCL Grant, HCL Foundation will award up to Rs 5 crore per category, per NGO, against a well-defined 5-year project. HCL Grant, through Edition I, II & III has already committed Rs 35 crore towards high quality projects in the years 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18.