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Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation – Tobacco Free India Grants 2022-24

  The Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation partners with charitable and philanthropic initiatives and developmental enterprises by funding and mentoring programs that enable better access to healthcare, governance, education, livelihoods, and art and culture. Its focus areas include promoting excellence among individuals, improving the quality of life for socially and economically disadvantaged communities, and promoting and protecting Indian traditions. Recognizing the health hazards of tobacco abuse, the Foundation lays equal emphasis on cancer prevention. One of the key interventions is based on support towards tobacco control initiatives. Towards this, the Foundation provides grants to organizations and awards individuals for their commendable work in the area of tobacco control.
Grant objectives:  
  1. Increase in the awareness level of the teachers, students, NGOs, health workers, police on ill effects of tobacco usage and Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA).
  2. Effective implementation of sections 4, 5 and 6 A and B and rules of COTPA thereunder.
  3. Making tobacco-free schools and villages as per the guideline of National Tobacco Control Programme (NTCP) Tobacco-free Educational Institutes (TOFEI) with guidance from Salaam Mumbai Foundation.
  4. Decrease in tobacco prevalence amongst the stakeholders like teachers, Sarpanch, health workers, police and NGO, and partner NGO’s employees etc. and the community
Activities to be done: The applicants are requested to propose the activities to achieve the above-mentioned objectives. The following is an indicative activity list:
  • Support or conduct Training of Trainers for Master Trainers and trainings for Block Education Officer, Block level teachers etc in awareness and advocacy for tobacco control.
  • Conduct sensitization meetings with Police, FDA, PHC, Sarpanch etc.
  • Facilitate media workshop and create awareness through media
  • Monitoring activities of cluster level coordinator
  • Collect monthly information about implementation of COTPA from FDA and Police
  • Facilitate oral check-up camp by Primary Health Centre
  • Provide tobacco cessation counselling to the tobacco users identified among the stakeholders using LifeFirst protocols
  • Intensive Tobacco control activities in few selected areas for the community
Grant period: January 2023 to December 2024
Maximum Grant available:
A maximum amount of Rs. 10 lakh is available for up to five deserving organizations and maximum amount of Rs. 50,000/- for up to ten individuals working in tobacco control.  
Eligibility Criteria for NGOs –
  1. The focus is on organisations working in rural and small town areas.
  2. Organisations working or having experience of working with the government for advocacy on implementation of COTPA at district level will be highly preferred.
  3. Previous grantees can reapply only after completing three years from the year they received the last instalment of the grant received
  4. Documents to be submitted–
a. Past activities in tobacco control (Narrative report, audio and video documentation, awards or recognition received)
b. Audited accounts for last three years
c. Memorandum of Association and Trust Deed
d. Child safeguarding policy (in case the organisation currently does not have this policy, NSF will support in developing the policy if selected for the grant)
e. Sources of funds received during last three years
f. 80 G certificate
g. 12 A certificate
h. Copy of PAN card
  1. Any incomplete application will be rejected.
Eligibility Criteria for Individuals –
  1. A Special focus will be given to Teachers, Principals, Community Health Workers, Sarpanch and local leaders from rural communities and small towns.
  2. Demonstrate innovative, motivational leadership impacting communities towards tobacco control.
  1. Minimum of three years of past experience in the field of tobacco control.
  2. Previous awardees can reapply only after completing three years from the year they received the last installment of the award.
  3. Documents to be submitted–
    – Complete bio-data
    – Scanned copies of images and other documents about the work accomplished
    – Testimonials from beneficiaries
    – Endorsement of work by a local authority (District Collector)
    – Name and contact details of at least three organizations which are conversant with your work
    – Copy of the PAN card
  4. Any incomplete application will be rejected.
Important Dates:
Applications open: 30th September 2022
Last date for submission of applications: 31st October 2022
Project to be initiated from: January 2023
  How to Submit: Please go to the website and in the grants page visit “Tobacco Free India Grants and Awards” page to download the individual and NGO grant application form. Applications should be sent by Email to