Board of trustees of Sir Ratan Tata Trust | Board
of trustees of Navajbai Ratan Tata Trust
The Sir Ratan Tata Trust (SRTT) is a philanthropic institution established
in 1919 in accordance with the will of Sir Ratan Tata, the younger son of group
founder Jamsetji Tata. The Navajbai Ratan Tata Trust, formed in 1974, works
together with SRTT to bestow grants.
The trusts seek to be a catalyst in development through giving grants to institutions
in various areas. They focus their grants towards organisations that they can
partner to undertake innovative and sustained initiatives with the potential
to make a visible difference. They also provide grants for endowments, have
a separate programme for small grants and give grants to individuals for education
and medical relief.
The bulk of the trusts' institutional grants are in the areas of rural livelihoods and communities, and education.
Rural livelihoods and communities
The trusts focus on the following key initiatives within the broad areas of agriculture, drinking water and sanitation, and microfinance:
- Central India Initiative (CInI): CInI involves a series of livelihood projects across the central India region, addressing core issues aimed at alleviating poverty among tribal communities in a sustainable manner.
Himmothan Pariyojana: The initiative addresses some of the key rural development issues confronting the inhabitants of the Himalayas, on a systematic basis.
- Kharash Vistarotthan Yojana (KVY): This initiative tackles issues related to seawater ingress on the Gujarat coastline through field projects and coordination with the state government.
- Drought proofing in West Rajasthan: The objective is to develop replicable models for drought proofing in the desert regions of Rajasthan.
- Reviving the Green Revolution: The initiative involves a series of interventions encouraging crop diversification in Punjab and Tamil Nadu to tackle the negative impact of the rice-wheat cropping system.
- Sakh Se Vikas: The initiative consolidates and expands community-based microfinance in Rajasthan by strengthening livelihoods and reducing vulnerabilities. While strengthening linkages between microfinance and development, the trusts also support a large community-based micro-finance programme in South India.
- Sukhi Baliraja Initiative: The initiative addresses the recurrent issue of farmers’ suicides in six distress districts located in the Vidharbha region of Maharashtra through promoting sustainable and improved agricultural practices, microfinance, development of market linkages, soil and water conservation, and alternative livelihood options.
- North East Initiative: The initiative addresses livelihood issues of the north eastern states, with the focus currently on Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Nagaland.
- Mission Swach Jal: The initiative creates awareness among communities across India about safe drinking water and its impact on health, while providing alternative sustainable water supply systems.
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The trusts’ grants in the field of education follow a focused approach in the following areas:
- Reforming elementary education
- Nurturing education as a discipline
The trusts focus their efforts in the following areas:
- Rural health programmes
- Mental health programmes
- Children with special needs
- Human resources and health systems development
- Clinical establishment
Enhancing civil society and governance
The trusts’ grants are based on the following two initiatives:
- Youth and civil society
- Roopantaran – institution building
Arts and culture
Here, the trusts’ grants are focused around the following:
- Crafts-based livelihood initiatives
- Sustaining livelihoods in performing arts
- Conservation and digitisation
- Community media and livelihoods
The trusts have developed and used endowments to sustain mission-driven institutions that influence positive change in society. An endowment strategy with well-set norms and clearly defined criteria enables the trusts to identify and appraise deserving institutions.
These cater to the needs of small, welfare-oriented organisations, and those needing support to implement innovative ideas. Grants are also given to large organisations that need funding for strategic planning, focused research activities or strengthening internal systems.
The individual grants programme of the trusts provides financial help for:
- Medical contingencies
- Scholars pursuing higher education in India and assistance for education-related overseas travel
Board of trustees of Sir Ratan Tata Trust:
- Ratan N Tata, Chairman
- NA Soonawala
- JN Tata
- KB Dadiseth
- RK Krishna Kumar
- SK Bharucha
- Nasser Munjee
Board of trustees of Navajbai Ratan Tata Trust:
- Ratan N Tata, Chairman
- NA Soonawala
- SN Tata
- HD Malesra
- JN Mistry