PLEASE NOTE: Due to overwhelming response, we will be unable to accept any more proposals after May 24, 2020
On March 24, 2020, Omidyar Network India announced a call for proposals for rapid response funding to tackle the challenges posed by the Covid-19 situation and the consequent socio-economic impact. We initially committed Rs. 7.5 crore ($1 million) to this initiative. Owing to the overwhelming response by solution providers, we have increased the funds available under this initiative to Rs. 10.75 cr ($1.4 million), through personal contributions by our employees.
Progress so far: At the end of the initiative, we approved a total of 67 proposals. You can see the list of approvals here.
Partnerships: We are also pursuing partnerships with other funders to crowd in funding, by matching contributions to some/all of the proposals approved under this initiative. So far, Wadhwani Foundation is a partner in this initiative. We are seeking more such collaborations. If you are a funder who would like to collaborate with us on this initiative, please reach out to the email ID at the bottom of this page with the subject line: “Proposal: <Your organisation name> <Your initiative name> to [email protected]”.
About the Rapid Response Funding Initiative
The Covid-19 pandemic and its wider socio-economic impact are an unprecedented development. This is one of the greatest challenges of our times. World over governments, donors, investors, and communities are coming together to respond to this crisis. We recognise that the Next Half Billion (NHB) – the people in the bottom 60% of India’s income distribution (including daily wage earners, gig-economy workers, and small businesses) – are among the most vulnerable to health (physical and mental) and economic shocks in the wake of this crisis. These shocks are felt immediately, are drastic and have an unknown duration, given evolving understanding of how the Covid-19 crisis will play out, and how stakeholders will respond.
How much funding is being made available under this initiative?
Who is eligible to apply?
What types of initiatives will be considered?
We invite proposals across the following themes. Note: this is only an indicative list.
What are the selection criteria?
For initiatives that require specific expertise or verification from authorities to roll-out, please indicate whether your organisation has this or not.
What is the process to apply?
Please submit a proposal, not exceeding 2 pages, in the following format. Note: we will only consider proposals received in the format specified.
What are the timelines for submission and review?
Please send your proposals to ‘[email protected] with the subject line “Proposal: <Your organisation name>, <Your initiative name>”.