The prime objective of the scheme is to enhance the reach of development interventions of the Government and fill the gaps in service deficient scheduled caste dominant areas, in the sectors such as education, health, vocational training etc., through the efforts of voluntary organisations and other organisations and to provide an environment for socio economic upliftment and overall development of the scheduled castes (SCs). Any other innovative activity having direct impact on the socio-economic development or livelihood generation of SCs may also be considered through voluntary efforts. For the financial year 2021-2022, the government has allocated a total of 200 crores. For the financial year 2020-2021, the stats for this scheme were-

  • Received Proposals- 780 crores
  • Sanctioned Proposals- 291 crores
  • Budget Amount- 100 crores
  • Sanctioned Amount- 44.7 crores
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Opening of hostels and residential schools, ITIs, arts and craft centres, or any other income generating scheme falls under this particular scheme. It also includes other proposals like organising Balwadies and Bal Kendras i.e., creches to look after the deprived children of Scheduled Castes, providing medical facilities through establishment of Hospitals or Mobile Dispensaries. It also encompasses the facilities to create awareness regarding the government programmes, and guidance in getting various government facilities like legal-aid, scholarships, loans and various grant etc.

What is a Grant-In-Aid?

In simple words, a grant-in-aid is funds coming from the central government for a specific project or scheme. A grant-in-aid has funds allocated by one level of government to another level of government that are to be used for specific purposes. Such funds are usually accompanied by requirements and standards set by the governing body on how the money should be spent. An example of this is the mentioned scheme for scheduled castes.

How can NGOs apply for Grant-In-Aid?

As per the guidelines, all VOs/NGOs aspiring for funding by the government of India shall register themselves at NGO Darpan. NGO Darpan would provide a unique ID to an VO/NGO registered in the NGO Darpan portal.

The NGO shall provide details with respect to audited accounts, income tax, area of operation, subject areas of specialization, key personnel (expertise), projects taken up and ongoing etc. and such other information of a common nature that Ministers require to be submitted at the time of application for grant-in-aid.

e-ANUDAAN ( is a portal which facilitates online submission of NGO’s application proposals along with the prescribed documents and automates the complete process for issuance of Grant-in-Aid. Various Back-office user have privilege for application processing as per the role defined at District, State Directorate, State Secretariat and at the Central Ministry.

The process involves the application verification, checklist filling, inspection report, scrutinizing, screening, recommendation, financial approval and GIA sanction.

Detailed Procedure

  • Prior to Registration on portal e-ANUDAAN, it is mandatory for every NGO to register first at NGO-Darpan portal of NITI Aayog and to get NGO Unique ID.
  • During registration, NGOs have to submit NGO Unique ID and Pan of the organisation. Common registration details of organisation available on NGO-Darpan will automatically be auto-filled in non-editing mode. A few details like Username/Password and scheme etc. are required to be submitted by NGO.
  • Registration on this portal needs to be done only once. The NGO(s) who had registered earlier on this portal need not be registered again.
  • NGO(s) who have registered multiple times and are having multiple login/user id accounts, will be shown all login accounts.
  • For updating any NGO details at e-ANUDAAN, it is to be updated first at NGO Darpan. Update profile in NGO login at e-ANUDAAN would enable NGO to update the profile details.


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