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Projects for 2022
Call for Proposals

Call for proposals by Hanns Seidel Foundation India for projects of development cooperation in India or South Asian Cooperation starting January 2022.

About this Call

This is a call for proposals by Hanns Seidel-Stiftung India for projects of development cooperation in India or South Asian Cooperation for January to December 2022. Proposals can exceed this period. Project segments after December 2022 are subject to separate approval.

Hanns Seidel-Stiftung India (HSS) is a German foundation engaged in political development cooperation, supporting cooperation and development in the areas mentioned below. It has liaison offices in New Delhi and Bengaluru and supports local projects on any impact level.

Only projects of the work areas mentioned below can be taken into account. The geographical area can be pan-India, local or regional. For state-level and local projects, please consider Karnataka. In all projects, policy-level impact is encouraged.

Any entity registered in India with a valid FCRA registration can apply.

Areas of work

Your project must clearly cover one of the following areas:

  • Promotion of Federalism (and Governance)
    (Resource federalism and governance, improved decentralised governance (local, state, national level), effective inter-state and centre-state relations)
  • Regional Dialogue/Cooperation between India, South Asia and Europe
    (Political exchange, regional (cooperation on) federalism, regional water governance, promotion of cooperative dialogue et al.)
  • Promotion of an effective Indian Justice System
    (Access to justice, citizen-friendly policing, safety for citizens, especially women and children, witness protection, Indian criminal justice system)
  • Water management and environmental protection
    (Water safety and quality, wastewater management, water budgeting, environmental protection, Integrated Water Resource Management, resource sharing, sustainable agriculture with focus on water, climate action plan Karnataka)

Supported types of activity

No type of activity or format is excluded; combinations are welcome. The following list gives examples of formats HSS has funded in the past. The inclusion of modern formats is encouraged.

  • Workshops
  • Round table discussions, conferences, online seminars et al.
  • Printed/digital information material (newsletters/blogs/vlogs, podcasts, movies, comics, flyers, plays)
  • Competitions, gamification, interactive plays, mock assemblies
  • Studies, scientific publications
  • Social enterprise concepts
  • Software, apps, websites, exchange / learning platforms


Only a limited number of proposals can be approved for 2022, depending on the available budget. All proposals will be measured by equal standards.

Your proposal must be handed in latest by 30 September 2021, regardless of the start date of the proposed activities. You will get queries and feedback in one to two weeks’ time.

The decision in favour or against your proposal will be solely based on its idea, content, feasibility and relation to the areas of the Foundation’s work.


Please follow the proposed format and do not exceed 4 pages. Any graphics or presentations to illustrate your project’s theory of change / impact may be attached separately. Proposals not following the format cannot be considered.

The format can be found here:
Proposal Format


Please focus on the idea, keeping a cost-efficient realisation in mind. After your proposal has been shortlisted, we will ask you to draft a budget.

Smaller budgets can increase the chance of acceptance. Flat institutional fees cannot be borne by HSS.

Submission Deadline

The submission deadline is 30 September 2021.

Please e-mail your proposal(s) to either Ms. Liv Hunzinger ( or your responsible HSS Programme Manager. Kindly observe the same for any queries.