BBRLF provide funding supports to a variety of projects across the breadth of the country, particularly in 10 states (Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra) that form the Central Indian Tribal Belt. Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) that have a local presence, are selected through a multi-layered process adopted by BRLF to ensure that the desired results are produced through right strategies as well as great efforts.

BRLF provide funding support to CSOs either by inviting proposals through “Call for Proposals” or by entering into partnership with State Governments. Till date BRLF has announced two “Call for Proposals” for inviting proposals from the CSOs working in the Central Indian Tribal Belt. BRLF select CSOs through a very rigorous and elaborated process which includes physical and financial due diligence followed by a field assessment of their work. The project proposal of the CSOs selected after due diligence process, are presented before the Project Grantee and Selection Committee (PGSC) which is the apex level committee in BRLF responsible for awarding projects to CSOs.

At present, BRLF is having partnership with 57 CSOs for implementation of large-scale livelihood projects with an aim to uplift rural communities residing in the remotest part of the country.

Call for Proposals – I

BRLF has announced its first Call for Proposals on April 15, 2014 soliciting applications from civil society organizations for projects that seek to leverage vast resources from ongoing government flagship programs in the central Indian tribal belt. The brief of projects being implemented by BRLF is outlined in the below table:


Name of the CSO Partner

Brief about the Project


BAIF Development Research Foundation (BAIF)

BRLF is supporting “Adivasi Livelihood Project in Central India” which is being implemented by BAIF. The project will cover 30,200 households in 9 blocks of 7 districts of Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh.


Aga Khan Rural Support Programme India (AKRSP-I)

“Enhancing Tribal Livelihoods through Integrated Planning and Implementation of Flagship Rural Livelihoods Activities” is being implemented by AKRSPI with support from BRLF in 16 blocks of 10 districts of the states of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. The project is covering a total of 23,700 households with a focus on 100% tribal households.


Self- Reliant Initiatives through Joint Action (SRIJAN)

The project “Jyotirgamaya (Light of development) livelihoods security for and building capacity among 16,000 tribal families in five districts of Odisha, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh” with SRIJAN covers 16,000 tribal households from 12 identified sub-districts falling under these five states.


Foundation for Ecological Security (FES)

The project “Reaching the Last Mile: Strengthening Capacities in Tribal Areas” with FES covers 29,897 families of seven tribal blocks in six districts across Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, and Gujarat.


PARHIT Consortium

It’s a project implemented by consortium of four smaller CSO partners. “Ensuring food security and sustainable livelihood among Sahariya tribes through effective implementation of flagship programs in Gwalior-Chambal region” is a project focussing on 100% Sahariya community, which is a PVTG (particularly vulnerable tribal group). The project would cover 21,136 families from four identified sub-districts coming under the Madhya Pradesh state through various set of livelihood interventions.


Social Education for Women’s Awareness (SEWA)

The project “Integrated Livelihood Support Project” would impact on 19,754 extremely poor rural households in 106 selected villages of Kolabira and Laikera blocks of Jharsuguda district and Kuchinda block of Sambalpur district.


Professional Assistance for Development Action (PRADAN)

BRLF is supporting PRADAN in implementation of “Catalysing Large-scale Rural Transformation in Central Indian Adivasi Regions through Women Collectives”. The project was implemented in 15 blocks of 6 districts across Jharkhand, West Bengal, and Rajasthan.


Youth Council for Development Alternatives (YCDA)

The project named “Enabling Tribal Community of Boudh and Bolangir Districts, Odisha” with YCDA aimed to enable the 17,660 tribal communities of Boudh and Bolangir districts to get access to the government resources and schemes.


Digambarpur Angikar (DA)

With Digambarpur Angikar, BRLF is working on “Socio-Economic Empowerment of Tribal People at Sandeshkhali I & II Blocks in North 24 Parganas District, West Bengal in order to improve the livelihood conditions of 11,000 poor households


Lupin Human Welfare & Research Foundation

The project “Natural Resources Development and Livelihood Promotion through Convergence” covers 12,000 households in 156 villages of Maharashtra.


Rajarhat PRASARI

The project “Promoting sustainable livelihoods and wellbeing of households living in four blocks of Jalpaiguri district and one block in North 24 Parganas, West Bengal” would target to cover 11,000 households from 5 identified sub-districts falling under two districts of West Bengal. These families would be supported through various set of livelihood interventions from the ongoing programs and by leveraging resources from various government schemes.


Vikas Sahyog Kendra (VSK)

With VSK, BRLF is working with 13,000 poor households covered under the project named “Enhancing Livelihood Opportunities and Entitlement Security in Manika and Chattarpur blocks of Palamu and Latehar districts of Jharkhand state”.


Western Odisha NREGA Consortium (WONC)

The project titled “15,000 poor and marginalized families in 25 Gram Panchayats of Bolangir and Nuapada districts secure sustainable livelihood and food & nutrition security through sustainable agriculture and building strong self-help structures through convergence of different schemes and programmes of State and Central government”, is a consortium project being implemented by 7 CSO partners. It is focussed in two districts of Odisha covering 15,000 households from the seven identified sub-districts


Collectives for Integrated Livelihood Initiatives (CInI)

BRLF’s association with CInI has positively impacted the Mission 2020 programme of CInI that focusses on bringing 2,50,000 households irreversibly out of poverty with increased quality of life. Through ‘Mission 2020’, CInI aims to develop 45 tribal blocks as regional drivers for growth across Maharashtra, Gujarat, Jharkhand and Odisha.

Call for Proposals – II

BRLF initiated its second Call for Proposals on September 12, 2017 and received a total 180 proposals. Out of which only 10 projects were approved by the PGSC which are outlined in the below table:


Name of the CSO Partner

Brief about the Project


Centre for Youth and Social Development (CYSD

CYSD through its project titled “Economic empowerment of tribal women in Koraput district of Odisha” targets to cover 9,650 households through various sets of livelihood interventions. The project is being implemented in 2 blocks of Koraput district of Odisha.


Sambalpur Integrated Development Institute (SIDI)

This project “Enhancing livelihood opportunity and entitlement security” is being implemented by SIDI in 2 blocks of Sambalpur and Deogarh districts of Odisha to cover 8,500 households under different livelihood activities mainly focussing on land rights -based activities.



Janasahajya would cover 8,183 households in one block of Kalahandi district of Odisha through its project titled “Enhancing options for sustainable livelihoods” which focusses on facilitating community to get access to various Rights and Entitlements schemes available in the state.


Ideal Development Agency (IDA

“Empowerment, Economic and Ecological development of 8023 tribal households through community based natural resource management, convergence of government programs and improved governance” is a project implemented by IDA to bring sustainable changes in the lives of 8023 poor households residing in the one block of Keonjhar district of Odisha.


Bundelkhand Development Alliances (BDA

BDA is a consortium of three organizations working together to bring changes in the lives of 10,000 families through the project titled “Ensuring sustainable livelihood for tribal communities through Forest Rights Act and watershed -based development in Bundelkhand region of Madhya Pradesh”. This project is being implemented by the consortium in three blocks of Panna and Damoh districts of Madhya Pradesh.


Gram Sudhar Samiti (GSS)

GSS through its project titled “Participatory action for sustainable livelihoods of tribal” is aiming to cover 9,000 households through multi -dimensional approach. These families residing in one block of Sidhi district of Madhya Pradesh will receive guidance and technical support from GSS as and when required.


Shroffs Foundation Trust (SFT)

This project “Creating sustainable farm-based livelihoods through conservation of soil and water in the tribal areas of Chhotaudepur in Gujarat” is being implemented by SFT in order to improve the livelihood conditions of 11,608 tribal families by providing them sustainable market linkages.



Vaagdhara is working with 8,000 tribal households falling under 3 blocks of Banswara district of Rajasthan through the project named “Sustainable integrated development of tribal community in district Banswara”.


Chhattisgarh Development Alliance (CDA)

CDA is an alliance of four organizations working in the remotest areas of Chhattisgarh. The project titled “Community action for climate resilience and sustainable livelihood” implemented by CDA covers 8080 households coming under four identified sub-districts of Balrampur, Bastar and Raigarh districts of Chhattisgarh.


Samerth Charitable Trust

The project titled “Developing sustainable livelihood options for the tribal households in 41 Gram Panchayats of Bodla and Pandariya sub-districts in Kabirdham district of Chhattisgarh” implemented by Samerth covers 8063 tribal households of Kabirdham district of Chhattisgarh under various set of livelihood interventions.

High Impact Projects in Partnership with State Government

One of the prime purposes for establishment of BRLF was to leverage a new model of co-operation wherein various state governments proactively work with civil society organizations to address the problems and challenges of the tribal communities in the priority regions. Towards this objective, BRLF has signed Memorandums of Understanding with state governments of West Bengal, Chhattisgarh and Odisha. These states have also shown keen interest in working with the model adopted by BRLF.

Since, BRLF give priority to work in partnership with the State Governments, few of our partners (CYSD, SIDI, Janasahajya, IDA, Samerth, CDA consortium, SEWA, YCDA and WONC Consortium) from CFP-I and II are migrated to the State Government partnership projects to maximize their reach and leverage the massive resources available at government end.

Briefs of the high impact projects implemented in partnership with the State Government:

Usharmukti – Effective implementation of MGNREGA in watershed mode in the western part of the state of West Bengal

Usharmukti in general means free from dryness or drought. It is a partnership between West Bengal- Mahatma Gandhi NREGA cell, Bharat Rural Livelihood Foundation (BRLF) and a group of Civil Society Organizations to bring about positive changes in water situation in the rain-fed areas of 54 blocks of Purulia, Bankura, Jhargram, Birbhum, Paschim Medinipur and Paschim Bardhaman of West Bengal state. As measures of ensuring water security the partnership will endeavour to rejuvenate the decaying rivers of the targeted region and their tributaries through focussed interventions in water conservation and harvesting. The interventions will also aim at improving productivity of land by soil and water conservation measures. Plantation with mandatory soil-water conservation structures will form major part of the work. So, will be the activities in ensuring multiple livelihood supportive interventions in the identified vulnerable households. There will also be efforts at nutrient management for the land and flora through appropriate composting measures on one end and through cultivation of pastures on the other.

Usharmukti is a four years project with a focus on planning, implementation, participatory management, capacity building, monitoring and evaluation. The major resources will be leveraged through Mahatma Gandhi NREGA which would provide employment to the wage seekers and at the same time would develop sustainable productive assets. BRLF would provide professional support in planning, capacity building, facilitative support in implementation, monitoring and evaluation by engaging CSOs at the ground. Below is the list of CSOs involved in the project:

  • Development Research Communication and Service Centres
  • Loka Kalyan Parishad (LKP)
  • Rural Development Association (RDA
  • Shamayita Math (SM)
  • Tagore Society for Rural Development (TSRD)
  • Rajarhat PRASARI

Promotion of Agriculture Production Clusters (APCs) in tribal region of Odisha

On November 6’ 2018, BRLF signed an MOU with the Directorate of Horticulture, Agriculture and Farmer’s Empowerment Department along with Odisha Livelihoods Mission (OLM), Government of Odisha and PRADAN for Promotion of Agriculture Production Clusters (APCs) in tribal regions of Odisha, in the presence of the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Odisha, Shri Naveen Patnaik. This four year project is a collaborative initiative of the Directorate, horticulture, OLM, Government of Odisha, BRLF, PRADAN and 16 local CSOs to ensure doubling of income of 100,000 small and marginal farmers especially women by establishing 650 Producer Groups (PG) aggregated to form 30 APCs/Producer Company (PC) in 40 blocks of 12 highland districts. Of these about 64% households belong to ST and SC Communities.

The estimated cost of the project is Rs. 401.60 crores (Rupees Four hundred one crore and sixty Lakh only) out of which Odisha Livelihood Mission of Panchayati Raj & Drinking water Department would support 70.06 crores for Institution and Capacity building cost, APICOL will mobilise Rs.17.80 Crores, and Agriculture and Farmer’s Empowerment Department and other relevant departments would mobilize around Rs. 293.40 Crore or more through convergence of existing programmes, while BRLF would bring in Rs. 16.74 Crore from its own resources and around Rs. 3.6 Crore will be contributed by the participating CSOs for facilitation and smooth implementation of the project.

The major focus of the project is to establish sustainable market channels through which farmers could directly connect with the market players and maximize their benefits. The CSOs would provide technical guidance to the farmers and help them in making the right decisions collectively. CSOs engaged in the project are:

  • Adhikar: Working in one block of Balangir
  • Jana Mukti Anusthan (JMA): Engaged in one block of Balangir
  • Anchalika Jana Seva Anusthan (AJSA): Engaged in one block of Kalahandi
  • Vikalpa: Engaged in one block of Balangir
  • Lokadrusti: Engaged in two blocks of Balangir
  • Shramik Shakti Sangha (SSS): Engaged in one block of Balangir
  • Balangir Gramodyog Samiti (BGS): Engaged in one block of Balangir
  • Janasahajya: Engaged in two blocks of Kalahandi
  • Social Education for Women’s Awareness (SEWA): Engaged in two blocks of Jharsuguda
  • Sambalpur Integrated Development Institute (SIDI): Engaged in two blocks of Sambalpur
  • Ideal Development Agency (IDA): Engaged in two blocks of Keonjhar
  • Foundation for Ecological Security (FES): Engaged in two blocks of Koraput
  • Harsha Trust: Engaged in five blocks of Koraput and Raygada
  • Shristi: Engaged in three blocks of Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj and Dhenkanal
  • Professional Assistance for Development Action (PRADAN): Working in the 10 blocks of Kandhamal, Keonjhar, Raygada, Koraput and Mayurbhanj
  • Centre for Youth & Social Development (CYSD): Engaged in three blocks of Koraput and Mayurbhanj
  • Youth Council for Development Alternatives (YCDA): Engaged in one block of Boudh

High impact Mega-Watershed project in partnership with Department of Rural Development, Govt. of Chhattisgarh, Bharat Rural Livelihoods Foundation and CSO partners:

This project was formally launched on 5th October 2018 between Mahatma Gandhi NREGA Cell, Department of Panchayat and Rural Development, Govt. of Chhattisgarh, Bharat Rural Livelihoods Foundation and Axis Bank Foundation. It is estimated that a total of 1 lakh families would be benefitted through land and water treatment measures in 7.29 lakhs hectares of catchments area in 28 blocks of 13 districts (Sarguja, Surajpur, Raigarh, Korba, Koriya, Dhamtari, Balrampur, Kanker, Narayanpur, Sukma, Bastar, Dantewada and Kawardha) in Chhattisgarh state. Along with this, the project aims to build capacities of front-line functionaries, PRIs, community members and CSOs on ridge to valley principles of watershed implementation.

The cost of this four years project is estimated as Rs. 1190.58 crores out of which MGNREGA cell, Department of Panchayat and Rural Development, Govt. of Chhattisgarh will ensure availability of funds for the implementation of approximately 1458 micro-watersheds to be treated with an estimated sum of Rs. 1166.40 crores over a period of four years. BRLF will invest Rs. 24.18 crores through its own resources or through co-financing mainly with Axis Bank Foundation to support the project cost mainly in meeting CSO facilitation cost, setting up of project management unit, capacity building, research and monitoring cost. CSOs involved in the project are:

  • Chaupal Gramin Vikas Prashikshan Avam Shodh Sansthan
  • Agrocrats Society for Rural Development (ASORD)
  • Bastar Sewak Mandal (BSM)
  • Centre for Action Research and Management for Developing Attitude, Knowledge and Skills in Human Resources (CARMDAKSH)
  • Lok Shakti Samiti (LSS)
  • PRADAN: Lead Partner
  • Sahabhagi Samaj Sevi Sanstha
  • Samarthan- Centre for Development Support
  • Samerth Charitable Trust (SCT)
  • Sangata Sahabhagi Gramin Vikas Sansthan
  • Sarguja Gramin Vikas Sansthan (SGVS)
  • Shamayita Math (SM)
  • Self- Reliant Initiatives through Joint Action (SRIJAN)

Apart from these, BRLF has also been invited by Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand government to join hands with them and replicate the established models in these three states.

Special Projects:

BRLF is always open to new ideas, innovations and methodologies leading to the welfare of the smaller and marginal farmers. Apart from engaging its partners through CFP and state partnerships, BRLF has also partnered with the CSOs through some special projects:

Spring-shed Management in four Himalayan Districts of West Bengal: BRLF joined hands with Mahatma Gandi NREGA Cell, Department of Rural Development, Govt. of West Bengal and Rajarhat PRASARI on 1st April 2017 with an objective to rejuvenate the drying springs across the northern Himalayan blocks in four districts (Darjeeling, Alipurdar, Kalingpong and Jalpaiguri) of West Bengal. This project is backed by the technical expertise of ACWADAM, an organization that would provide mentor role in shielding the spring-shed development programme with strong technical knowledge and field experience. The major components of the project include science- based aquifer mapping, field surveys, scientific analysis, facilitation and building community decisions on sustainable usage and utilization of springs. It is estimated that this project would rejuvenate about 618 springs by leveraging massive resources through MGNREGA. This pilot project not only aligns the government resources towards building durable and sustainable assets for community members but also provides a scope for joint advocacy and learning. The project aims to leverage approx. Rs. 2968 lakhs through MGNREGA department over the course of three years to treat 618 springs and BRLF would also put in its own resources approx. Rs. 72.30 lakhs to support the cost of CSOs.

Enhancing Livelihood of DNT and NT communities: The project titled “Ensuring empowerment of community and enhancing livelihood opportunities for de-notified and nomadic tribes of Maharashtra” was launched on 1st April 2017 with an objective to explore the livelihood opportunities for DNT and NT communities by redefining their traditional skills and creating business opportunities for their sustainability. This three years partnership with Sevavardhini, a Pune based NGO, will ensure the improved livelihood and living condition of 500 DNT/NT families residing in the Solapur and Osmanabad districts of Maharashtra state.