Sir Ratan Tata Trust
Bombay House, Homi Mody Street, Mumbai 400 001
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
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.
Focuses on the following areas while extending
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
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
The Trust in 2001, sanctioned 64 new grants,
amounting to Rs37 crore; disbursals were Rs16