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We provide core support and project funding to organisations that work in our priority areas. The ultimate aim of our programme is to protect people from discrimination, and support the full implementation of social and economic schemes.



Our grant-making involves the following priority areas :


Supporting safe migration and fair labour.
For example, we fund the Jharkhand Anti-trafficking Network, a cohort of 14 local organisations. It supports migrant communities to access information that helps them collaborate with the government to ensure the effective implementation of laws and policies. This helps protect them socially and economically, thus helping prevent their exploitation.


Supporting sustainable urban development, responsive governance and safety in mobility.
For example, we fund Ekjut in Jharkhand, which helps build the capacity of the State Department of Urban Planning and Development, city corporations and civil society to understand the needs of the urban poor and homeless populations, and provide them with appropriate services.


Supporting sustainable use and conservation of natural resources.
For example, we fund the Global Greengrants Fund to support small and marginal farmers to practice organic agriculture as a strategy to adapt to climate change.


Supporting freedom from violence in public and private spaces.

For example, we fund SWAYAM in West Bengal to mobilise communities to stop tolerating violence. It also provides support to survivors of violence, including psychosocial counselling, legal and medical aid and shelter.

All of our grants work simultaneously on cross-cutting themes, such as:

  • empowerment, citizenship and leadership, by supporting communities (including women and other marginalised groups) to access information, participate fully in decision-making processes and realise their entitlements and full potential; and
  • capacity building, by strengthening organisational practices that represent diverse communities, and improve systems abilities to represent grassroots people in negotiation with the government and other key actors.

Our mission

Oak Foundation commits its resources to address issues of global, social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged. With offices in Europe, Africa, India and North America, we make grants to organisations in approximately 40 countries worldwide.


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