Donor: Neelan Tiruchelvam Trust
Application procedure: Concept Note
Donor base: Sri Lanka
Reference number: -
Eligible applicants: Non-Profit Organisation
Deadline: ongoing

Financial details

Grant size: Medium - up to $1,000,000
Minimum grant size: -
Total available budget: -
Funding type: Grants
Maximum grant size: -
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Children & Youth
  • Education
  • Governance & Democracy
  • Human Rights
  • Peace & Conflict Resolution
  • Social Inclusion
  • Women & Gender

Project Locations

  1. Asia

      Sri Lanka


1) Objective

The Neelan Tiruchelvam Trust (NTT) was established in 2001, two years after the assassination of Dr. Neelan Tiruchelvam, a devoted peacemaker, legislator, constitutional lawyer and institution builder. As an independent, indigenous and philanthropic grant making body, the Trust is well positioned to understand the issues surrounding the various communities that make up the social fabric of Sri Lanka. The Trust aims to support sustainable measures that are inclusive, with its mission being the promotion of: (1) peace – NTT believes that good governance encourages accountability and transparency; (2) reconciliation – social justice relates to the collective and individual responsibility to ensure a just society and (3) human rights – NTT is committed to dedicating resources to support programmes that increase the ability of women to claim and exercise their rights.

The types of grants include the following: (1) recurrent grants that are given to existing grantees based on those who best meet the selection criteria; (2) core grant-funding that enables organisations to take a strategic approach to development; (3) administered grants for small and emerging groups; and (4) a Women’s Fellowship Programme, which aims to encourage and empower young women to be part of a new generation of human rights activists.

2) Eligibility

Priority is given to small and medium sized organisations and organisations working at regional/district level. The Trust requires demonstrated experience and a proven track record of programmes that have shown significant results in the field of activity envisaged by the project to be funded.

3) Location

Actions must take place in Sri Lanka.

4) Budget

No standard funding amount is set. The amount of assistance is decided based on the details of the project and the project budget plan.

5) Application

Interested organisations are requested to send a concept note from which eligibility will be considered for the various grants offered by the Trust. It shall cover: (1) the problem for which you are seeking funding; (2) why is it important; (3) what are the main objectives for your proposed activity; (4) how will your objectives be achieved; (5) what are the expected outputs; (6) what is the proposed timeline; (7) what is the approximate budget; and (8) contact details. The concept note can be emailed to grant.applications(a)neelan.org and shall have no more than 1500 words. If it has been accepted one of the members from the Programme team will get in touch about sending in a more comprehensive project proposal. There are no deadlines.

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