HCL Foundation (HCLF), the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm of HCL Technologies, today announced the recipients of the fifth edition of HCL Grant in the presence of Padma Bhushan, Mr. Kapil Dev, a legend in the global world of cricket and former captain of the Indian Cricket team.
HCL Grant is one
of the biggest and most coveted institutionalized CSR grants in India that aims
to recognize the rise of the Fifth Estate – the Non-Governmental Organizations
(NGOs) – and support their breakthrough projects reaching out to the rural
communities in the country.
The evening was
also graced by Mr. Shiv Nadar, Founder & Chairman, HCL, Ms. Roshni Nadar
Malhotra, Vice Chairperson of HCL Technologies and the Chairperson of its CSR
committee, and Mr. Prateek Aggarwal, Chief Financial Officer, HCL Technologies
along with senior dignitaries, officials, NGO-partners and HCL leadership.
HCL Grant 2020
witnessed three NGOs across the categories of Education, Healthcare and
Environment receiving a grant of ₹5 crores each. The remaining six finalists
across the three categories also received ₹25 lakhs each, taking the overall
Grant to ₹16.5 crore.
The finalists and
the winners were selected by an eminent jury, which was chaired by Ms. Robin
Abrams, Member of the Board, HCL Technologies.
Recipients of HCL
Grant 2020 given in a separate sheet.
“It is extremely
important to bring equal opportunities to people coming from every strata of
the society. Health, Education and Environment are one of the most important
pillars towards India’s development goals and I am highly impressed with the
kind of impact these NGOs are bringing in the rural communities. Also, the
robustness of the identification process is something I have not witnessed
before. I congratulate both HCL as well the winners and finalists for the
phenomenal work they are doing in their respective fields,” Mr. Kapil Dev said while addressing the
audience at the event.
HCL Grant began its journey in 2015 and over the years witnessed some
remarkable work being done by the supported NGOs to strengthen grass root and
sustainable development. Excluding the current grant, HCL Grant has already
disbursed ₹51.5 crores (US$ 7.4Mn) to benefit nearly 500,000 people and its
supported projects aim to cover over a million people spread across 7,500
villages across 13 States and one Union Territory in the country.
“HCL Foundation is
our long-term commitment for social development and today it has improved over
1.5 million lives across our country. Our collaborative model allows us to
support communities with critical concerns needing immediate attention and HCL
Grant is a prime example of the same. I am proud to say that today the improvements
we have been able to drive together with the HCL Grant partner NGOs is not just
in terms of immediate impact on beneficiary lives, but also about ensuring
long-term sustainable change by influencing state and government policies.”
said Ms. Roshni Nadar Malhotra,
Vice-Chairperson, HCL Technologies and Chairperson, CSR Committee, HCL
Speaking on the occasion Ms. Nidhi Pundhir, Director HCL Foundation, said “This
is a very special year for us as we complete half a decade of empowering the
NGOs that are committed to ushering change. This annual HCL Grant event is a
culmination of our year-long efforts to identify partners who have the
potential to achieve the maximum impact through their social development
projects.. We are truly honored to have received applications from all parts of
the country and my heartiest congratulations to the winning NGOs for giving us
the opportunity to partner with them and support ideas for impactful positive
During the event,
HCL Foundation also released the compendium of the previous year’s finalists
and winning NGOs, named “Fifth Estate –
NGOs Transforming Rural India in Environment, Health and Education”.