FFSM is proud to announce the two grantees for 2017-18:

  • Neeva Foundation
    Neeva Foundation provides training to women from underprivileged backgrounds to enable them to drive cabs in Bengaluru. This cab service solely caters to the needs of women and children and ensures their safety during commutes, while offering a lucrative employment avenue for the taxi drivers.
    Neeva Foundation provides training for 6-8 months through an intensive program for the women to become professional drivers. The trained women are then placed through the Taxshe cab service.
    Apart from car driving skills, the women are also provided self-defense training, financial literacy and grooming skills.
  • Partners in Change in partnership with Kaushal Bhaav Skill Solutions
    Partners in Change in partnership with Kaushal Bhaav Skill Solutions upskill mistris for heritage restoration, conservation and redevelopment work in the Jaipur and Nawalgarh regions of Rajasthan.
    This programme serves the dual purpose of meeting the rising industry demand for traditional construction methods as well as enabling an income premium for heritage workers.
    A well-designed and Government-approved “Heritage Mistri” curriculum has been developed in-house and placement is provided through network of partnerships with Foundations and hotels working on heritage restoration projects.

Application for FFSM Fund

While scale is critical, the Fund is focused on optimum scale solutions that meet its outcome and impact standards. While economic prudence is a valuable trait, cost per trainee is not a decisive metric.

All applicant organisations are encouraged to go through all the information in this section before applying for funding through the online portal. You may find the FAQs useful as well.

Eligibility Criteria

Who is eligible to apply?

The fund is open only to non-profits (Trusts/ Societies / Section 8 companies) with an operating record of at least two years. If you are a for-profit organisation looking for support, please get in touch with us on before applying through a partnership with a non-profit.

Before beginning the application process, you should make sure your solution meets the key criteria.


Current round of applications is now closed.
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Some key dates for the first round of Future Forward Skills Fund

  • Call for Applications:
    11 December 2017
  • Deadline for Submission of Detailed Application:
    16 January 2018
  • Announcement of Shortlisted Applicants:
    14 February 2018
  • Pitch Session:
    21 February 2018
  • Provisional List:
    28 February 2018
  • Announcement of Grantees:
    30 March 2018

Application Process

Future Forward Skills Mission selects award recipients through the following process:





Applicant Assessment Form

The Fund has a simple 10‐minute Applicant Assessment to evaluate qualifying criteria. The Applicant Assessment will cover questions pertaining to the organisation’s profile, registration, compliance and governance standards. It is important to read the eligibility criteria before starting an application.

Please note only online submissions through the application portal below will be accepted.

Detailed Application

The next step in applying to Future Forward Skills Fund requires a Detailed Application. The Detailed Application will cover the description of idea, evaluation framework and execution ability. If the Selection Panel finds the solution proposed to be responsive to the evaluation criteria, then the applicant organisation will be shortlisted to present their pitch.

Please note only online submissions through the application portal below will be accepted.


After reviewing the detailed application, the Selection Panel will invite shortlisted organisations to present their pitch. This gives an opportunity for the organisations to get feedback from industry experts and academicians.


Results will be announced after the due diligence has been undertaken for the provisional list of grantees.