1. Concept Note
Proposals are accepted throughout the year in any Indian language. The proposal requires a brief description of the project by the grant seekers, along with organization details (background, annual budget of past two years, registration certificate, FCRA, 80G and 12A status, etc) for organizational grants.
2. Preliminary Approval
After a desk study of the proposals, within a month the applicants are notified whether their proposals are selected for further evaluation or not.
The short-listed applicants are visited by representatives of Dalit Foundation (programme coordinators) who spend 3 days and 2 nights surveying the proposed work area and the work of the applicants. They live and eat in the homes of the applicants in order to fully grasp the ideology and workings of the applicant. Their observations on the field visits are documented in a specific format so as to ensure that all has been checked.
4. Project Selection Workshop
Based on the feedback/recommendations of the programme coordinators, the applicants are invited for a three day project selection workshop. At the end of the workshop, the participants are graded according to the matrix system. There are four project selection workshops held in a year, two for partners from North India and two for partners from South India.