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Irish Aid in India

Irish Aid supports local non-governmental organisations with small-scale development projects through In-Country Micro Project Scheme (ICMPS) as administered through Embassy of Ireland, New Delhi, in compliance with bilateral aid regulations of the Government of India.  The grants range from €5,000 to €10,000 once off for an NGO.

  • What is ICMPS
  • Eligibility
  • Types of grant
  • Application process
  • What we can't fund

What is ICMPS

In-Country Micro Project Scheme (ICMPS) is a funding program aimed at supporting micro projects as implemented by local, grassroots NGOs in order the tackle the root causes of poverty and injustice. Priority is given to sustainable projects.  The objectives of the In-country Micro Project Scheme are to prevent hunger, improve access to essential services, empower women and marginalised communities, social justice, help local communities advocate for themselves and to combat climate change.


Potential Applicants: NGOs who are registered as a trust or society or non-profit company, are eligible to apply.  NGOs should also meet the following criteria:

  •  NGOs must be registered under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA1976/amended 2010).
  • NGO’s registration and mandatory reports with FCRA department must be up to date
  • Should have previous project experience and relevant expertise
  • Donor references must be provided
  • All organisations which have contact with young children and vulnerable adults must provide a child protection policy setting out the procedures to be followed and safeguards in place

Geographical Focus: Due to modest resource allocation for Irish Aid program in the country, the geographical focus India is within DELHI National Capital Region only.  (Occasionally, a micro-project may be considered for support, in countries where Irish Embassy (Delhi) has accreditation, like Nepal/Sri Lanka/Bangladesh, subject to prior approval or relevant Ministry of Government of the respective countries.)

Thematic Sectors: The primary thematic focus will be on Basic Education, Primary Health Care (Maternal and new born health care) and secondary focus on Micro-enterprise Development, Water and Sanitation, and Training and Capacity Building towards good governance and HIV/AIDS.  Most successful projects cross cut a number of issues.

Types of grant

Size of grants and Budget aspects: The maximum ceiling for funding is 70% of project costs, 30% must be covered by the NGO or other donors. The maximum monetary amount is €5,000 to €10,000 per year.  The grant will be decided on a case to case basis.

Duration: The duration of once-off grant approved under the scheme is 1 year only.

Application process

Application Procedure

Please see the document below on application procedure for ICMPS funding.

Application Procedure ICMPS

What we can't fund

There are some projects which we cannot fund such as:


  • Welfare support(s) and that are not sustainable
  • Individual or family support
  • Major infrastructural schemes
  • Educational scholarships
  • Projects that involve evangelization for the proselytizing of religious beliefs.
  • Retrospective Expenditure (i.e. cost incurred prior to the date of submission of the application)
  • International Travel.
  • Emergency projects that are in response to natural or human disasters.