In-country Micro Project Scheme (India)
Guidelines for applicant NGOs – 2013
The Embassy of Ireland has funds from the In-country Micro Project
Scheme of Irish Aid available to assist NGOs in India, Nepal,
Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. The scheme is focussed on projects that
tackle the root causes of poverty and injustice. Priority is given
to sustainable projects.
The objectives of the In-country Micro Project Scheme are to
prevent hunger, improve access to essential services, empower women
and marginalised communities, social justice, help local
communities advocate for themselves and to combat climate change.
The scheme is administered by the Embassy of Ireland, New Delhi.
The Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance (Government
of India), are joint reviewers of the applications.
Applicants are requested to send a short proposal (500 words
maximum) by e-mail or by
post. If the project is suitable, they will be requested to
complete a more details proposal form. We cannot engage in detailed
discussions with unsuccessful projects.
A visit is arranged before funding is considered. Funded
projects are inspected and audited regularly to ensure funds are
used properly. Successful projects will work closely with the
Embassy of Ireland and Irish Aid on all reviews.
Geographical Priority: Due to modest resource allocation for
Irish Aid program in the country, the priority focus is on Delhi
NCR. Secondary focus is on Orissa.
Thematic Sectors: The primary thematic focus will be on
Basic Education, Primary Health Care (Maternal and new born health
care) and secondary focus on Micro-enterprise Development, Water
and Sanitation, and Training and Capacity Building towards good
governance and HIV/AIDS. Most successful projects cross cut a
number of issues.
Size of grants and Budget aspects: The maximum ceiling for
funding is 70% of project costs, 30% must be covered by the NGO or
other donors. The maximum monetary amount is €26,000 per year. The
grant will be decided on a case to case basis. Projects are funded
for a maximum of three years.
Duration: The duration of grants approved under the scheme
is between 1 and 3 years.
Exclusions from funding: The following activities will NOT
be eligible for funding support under the ICMPS scheme:
support(s) and that are not sustainable
· Individual or
· Projects that
involve evangelization for the proselytizing of religious beliefs.
Expenditure (i.e. cost incurred prior to the date of submission of
projects that are in response to natural or human disasters.
Organisational Eligibility: NGOs must be registered under
the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA1976/amended 2010).
Projects will not be considered if the NGO’s registration and
mandatory reports with FCRA department are not up to date.
Applicant organisations are expected to have references and have
successfully completed projects in the past. References will be
requested and checked. All organisations which have contact
with young children and vulnerable adults must provide a child
protection policy setting out the procedures to be followed and
safeguards in place.
Application Procedure: Applicants should send a short
proposal by e-mail or by
regular mail. The maximum length is 500 words. Applicants may wish
to provide two references from other donors. Applicants will only
be contacted if they are successful. If you do not receive a
response, your application has not been successful. We cannot
engage with detailed discussion with unsuccessful applicants.
Applications will not be discussed over the phone. Please send all
queries in writing to
The Program Officer,
Development Cooperation Section,
Embassy of Ireland,
C-17 Malcha Marg, Chanakyapuri,
New Delhi – 110 021