Beneficiary Organization Selection Criteria

  1. Beneficiary organization will either have to be recommended by any current organization in our roster, or should be been identified management committee through multiple site visits.
  2. New beneficiary organizations will be evaluated along the following dimensions.
    1. Overhead as % of project-related expenditure
    2. Diversified fund sources
    3. Small to medium sized organization (i.e. an organization that we can influence and who will be willing to work with us and provide us monitoring visibility)
    4. Run by a dedicated person/team
    5. No religious ties or leanings
    6. Focused on education, vocational training or income generation programs for any one or more of physical challenges or rural poverty
    7. At least 25 beneficiaries
    8. Ability to provide periodic monitoring reports on previously funded projects.
    9. Preferably rural based
  3. Someone in our management committee or volunteers should have visited the organizational premises
  4. Beneficiary organization has FCRA registration to receive funds from foreign agencies (preferable)


Project Selection Criteria

  1. Focus on education, income generation or vocational training for the physically challenged or rural poverty
    1. Have a low project cost / beneficiary ratio
    2. The model should be sustainable and break even within a year (in income generation programs)
    3. The model should be replicable in similar contexts elsewhere
    4. There should be a defined investment path (be able to start small and go big over time)
  2. Projects should have multiple phases of implementation: Phase I will focus on proof of concept, and Phase II will focus on growth and sustainability.
  3. Gating factors at end of Phase I (to decide on taking up Phase II)
    1. Minimum number of users have received intended and stated benefits (education or training)
    2. In vocational training projects, minimum of users have been able to attain jobs
    3. In income generation projects, Phase I level of operations have reached self-sustainability
    4. Monitoring reports and site visits at end of Phase I are deemed satisfactory
  4. Project costs will be split into two components in each Phase:
    1. Capital expenditure (equipment and technology purchase and implementation)
    2. Recurring expenditure, e.g.
    • Salaries of project managers
    • Salaries of trainers in vocational training and education-based projects
    • Raw material needed for production in income generation projects
    • Utility bills (telephone, electricity, gasoline)
    • Honorarium fees paid to volunteers
    • Job placement costs


Project Proposal Submission

Please fill the following Ashraya Project Application Form and submit online.

Ashraya Project Application Form – Organization Information

Ashraya Project Application Form – Project Information

If you have any questions prior to filling the form, please write to the ashrayausa@gmail.com. and we will reply immediately.

You should also submit a detailed proposal using the format shown in the Ashraya Project Proposal Sample provided here. You can download the Ashraya Project Proposal Sample by clicking Click here to download Ashraya Project Proposal Sample. You should send the proposal in to ashrayausa@gmail.com. Please make sure you also send in your latest annual report or any other supporting information as part of your proposal packet.