Govtify

This Entry has been submitted.

Govtify: Bridging the divide between NGOs and the Indian Government

New Delhi, IndiaPan-India, India
Year Founded:
2016
Organization type: 
hybrid
Project Stage:
Start-Up
Budget: 
$1,000 - $10,000
Scaling strategies launched within the past 6 months:
Organizational Growth
Large Scale Partnerships
Trainings, Consultation
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

 Govtify helps interested NGOs and social businesses apply to Government funds/grants/loans for social impact, by helping them identify the right funds and guiding them through the whole process of application.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if lack of funds was never a problem for NGOs to achieve tangible social outcomes through their work?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Lack of access to Government grants - a major problem faced by small NGOs across India who do not have the enabling networks unlike their larger, better established counterparts.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Govtify helps interested NGOs and social businesses apply to Government funds, by helping them identify the right funds and guiding them through the whole process of application.

Awards

Do School Fellowship, Berlin, Germany
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

While the Government of India allocates a large share of funds in its annual yearly budget for meeting various social development goals, much of this funding is unavailable to the majority of NGOs in India. The reasons for this usually include a lack of trust and/or a lack of understanding of how the system works and a lack of information on the right process to follow. As a result, a substantial corpus of Government funds lie unused due to its inability to identify the right social players. Govtify acts as a bridge, helping NGOs identify and apply for various government funds. We also train NGOs to apply for funds and learn how to navigate the bureaucratic process such as identifying the right state/central partner authorities.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

My venture is an online platform which will provide an easily accessibly database of government grants, updated on a daily basis, to eligible non-profits and human rights bodies in India. It will also provide, for a small fee, support in drafting and correctly filling in applications, since several organizations are weak in this aspect. This service will also make the Government’s job easier, by providing them a pool of strong applicants to disburse their funds to, rather than having to sift through thousands of ineligible organizations. In the long term, the Government will pay for this service.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

1) Partnerships 2) Civic Technology 3) Training Workshops
Sustainability
Funding: How is your project financially supported?: 
earned income (product or services sales, licensing, franchising, consulting, financing, etc.) - 100%

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

NGOs will be charged a fees to use the portal. NGOs will also be charged an affordable amount to help them apply for grants.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

While there are several organizations connecting non-profits to CSR and private grants, I haven’t come across any platform providing access to government grants. This is primarily because of the inordinate amount of red-tape and lack of transparency in the application procedures. Smaller NGOs also lose out to bigger, polished and well-networked NGOs. This creates a vicious cycle where the big NGOs get bigger and the small ones, due to lack of resources, usually wither away.
Team

Founding Story

Govtify is the brainchild of Ayesha Khan, a lawyer and Do School Fellow'16. Ayesha has spent the last two years working with the Government of India, in the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship as a University of Chicago Fellow and Policy Consultant. During her time there, Ayesha observed a disconnect between the Government and Indian NGOs. Despite both entities working on the same goals they are hesitant to approach each other for several reasons. This has resulted in poor outcomes for the Government as well as gradual weakening of NGOs. Through Govtify, Ayesha aims to bridge this disconnect and strengthen India's non-profit ecosystem.

Team

Ayesha Khan, Lawyer and UChicago Fellow with over 4 years experience working with human rights bodies, legal systems and the Indian Government . Ayesha is a graduate of NUJS Kolkata.