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State Maharashtra
Capital Mumbai
City Mumbai
Name of NPO Sir Ratan Tata Trust
Area of Activity To support voluntary organisations that build and strengthen civil society


Sir Ratan Tata Trust


Bombay House, Homi Mody Street, Mumbai 400 001 Maharashtra






Hoshang D Malesra, Secretary


A non-profit, grant-making organisation, established 1918 (one of India's oldest). Sir Ratan Tata, in whose memory the trust was founded, wished to establish a trust that would further the advancement of education, learning and industry in all its branches.


To support voluntary organisations that build and strengthen civil society/ public initiatives; reduce poverty; ensure social justice for the disadvantaged and marginalised, particularly women, children, Dalits and tribal people.

Geographical reach

All India.


Focuses on the following areas while extending grants:
Rural livelihood and Communities grant enhances livelihoods for the rural poor and strengthens rural communities through focus on non-farm activities, particularly credit operations of women's groups, resource management for improving agricultural productivity and relief to communities affected by natural calamities. Undertakes research on critical problems and human resource development in the rural sector. Grantees in 2001 include, The Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (Ahmedabad), Dhan Foundation (Madurai) and The National Council of Applied Economic Research (New Delhi).
Education Programme focuses on school-related education and advanced education. School-related education provides quality education by building the knowledge base of teachers through in-service training and classroom monitoring. Encourages the development of multimedia training material for organisations, to enable in-service training for teachers. Advanced education - provides grants to social science research institutions; has contributed to Amul Tata fellowship programme for rural managers at the Institute of Rural Management, Anand. Some of the grantees in 2001 were The Centre for Environment Education (Hyderabad) and Eklavya (Bhopal).
Health - extends support to community-based initiatives and selective collaborative ventures between the public and private sectors; focuses on developing a cadre of public-health professionals. Some of the grantees for 2001 in this category were: The Action Research and Training for Health (Udaipur), Sankara Nethralaya (Chennai).
Art and Culture - extends funding for the protection and preservation of archival material and dying art forms. Grantees in 2001 include The Asiatic Society of Bombay and The Ustad Allaudin Khan Sangeet Academy (Bhopal).
Public Initiatives - provides grants to individuals to respond to the needs of changing social conditions. Grantees in 2001 include Foundation for Democratic Reforms (Hyderabad) and Indian Institute of Management (Bangalore).
Endowment grants are given to select organisations that have an impact on society or are strategic. The endowment portfolio includes: Professional Assistance for Development Action (New Delhi), National Council of Applied Economic Research (New Delhi). Child Relief and You (Mumbai), Centre for Science and Environment (New Delhi) and Children's Book Trust (New Delhi).
The Trust also makes grants to individuals and small organisations for new and innovative ideas. In 2001, 48 grants totalling Rs70 lakh were given.


The Trust in 2001, sanctioned 64 new grants, amounting to Rs37 crore; disbursals were Rs16 crore.

Registered Date 5/28/2005