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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Apply for Recognition and Funding Through Dasra Girl Power Awards

GuideStar India is pleased to introduce the second edition of the prestigious Dasra Girl Power Awards, an initiative of Dasra in collaboration with the Hindustan Times. The Dasra Girl Power Awards 2014-15 will recognize impactful and innovative programs that work with adolescent girls in three distinct areas of intervention – Sanitation, Employability, and Safety & Mobility. The winner in each category will receive a cash prize of Rs.5 lakh each, along with capacity building support from Dasra.

We encourage eligible organisations to apply IMMEDIATELY without waiting for the last date (December 12, 2014).

About the Awards:

The first edition of the Awards in 2013-14 focused on organizations working in the areas of Education, Health and Life Skills, and received 200 applications from across India.

· The Awards and the capacity building provided by Dasra enabled 60% of the finalists to reach out to more donors, and helped 90% of them to realize the value of forging collaborations

· The exposure from the Awards (including coverage from Hindustan Times) and the training provided by Dasra enabled 30% of the finalists to attract more funding for their operations

“Institute of Health Management, Pachod was awarded the Dasra Girl Power Award in the health sector. The award has resulted in increased visibility, both nationally and internationally, for IHMP and its project. The award changed the institutes narrative in the way it communicates with the world, in our fund raising strategy and capability and above all else in our belief in what we are doing” – Dr. Ashok Dyalchand, Director, Institute of Health Management, Pachod

The Awards will recognize impactful and innovative programs that work with adolescent girls in three distinct areas of interventions – Sanitation, Employability and Safety & Mobility.

What are the benefits for NGOs/ Why you should apply:
1. The three final winners (one in each category) will receive a cash prize of INR 5 lakhs each. They will also gain access to Dasra’s network of philanthropists and funding organizations.

2. The top 15 finalists (top 5 in each category) will be invited to be a part of a 3-day workshop in March 2015, where Dasra will help them build capacity, develop funding pitches, build effective communications and enable peer-learning.

3. Dasra will also work with the top 15 finalists to create 2-page summary assessments for each of them, which will be compiled and published as a resource for stakeholders including media, philanthropists and funders.

4. The three final winners will be felicitated during a special panel at the Dasra Philanthropy Week in March 2015, in front of an audience consisting of high net worth individuals, foundations, philanthropists and media.

Who can apply:
NGOs (trusts, societies and sec 25 companies) registered under the relevant act in India and currently functioning in India with adolescent girls in programs related to Sanitation, Employability and Safety & Mobility. In order to apply for the Dasra Girl Power Awards, an organization must fulfill the following conditions:

· It must be registered as a non-profit in India

· It must have operations in India

· It should not have a combined budget greater than Rs 75 lakhs for all its programs on adolescent girls

· It must have been in operation for at least 2 years at the time of application

What is the application process:
The application process for the Dasra Girl Power Awards 2014-15 is a two-stage process:

Stage 1: This stage requires completing a brief ONLINE preliminary application.
First of all, Download the Reference Form available at

http://www.guidestarindia.org/SiteImages/DGPAFormforReference.doc and collect information so that when you start filling the online form, you have all the information readily available.

To fill the ONLINE application form for the award, please click this link
http://fluidsurveys.com/s/guidestarindia-dasragirlpoweraward2014-15/. You need to complete this form in one sitting.

The last date for this stage is December 12, 2014. Please start the process right away as you need to collect information internally before you start filling the ONLINE application form.

Stage 2: The application will be accompanied by a rolling shortlisting process, wherein only shortlisted organisations will be contacted to submit further required information. This can include a comprehensive budget and a project plan if required. This phase will happen between November 2014 and January 2015.

How will you know about your application status:
When you submit the completed form, you will see a message on your screen that you have successfully submitted the form. If your form is incomplete, you will see a message asking you to answer omitted questions.

Only shortlisted organizations will be contacted by Dasra to submit further required information. If you do not hear from Dasra till December end, it would mean that your organisation did not move to stage 2.

Closing date:
The last date for submitting the application (stage 1) is December 12, 2014. We encourage you to submit as early as possible so that you have more time for the second stage.

For details/ clarifications:
Please download and read Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and if you still have questions, write to register@guidestarindia.org or call Analka/ Lathika of GuideStar India at 022-26856900/ 98/ 99

If you know of other NGOs who are likely to be eligible, please forward this mail to them with a copy to register@guidestarindia.org and encourage them to apply.

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