NCF has provided financial assistance of Rs. 8,01,40,341/- in the nature of one-time grant to 294 Voluntary Agencies/ non-profit Institutions, says Smriti Zubin Irani

New Delhi : The main objectives of the National Children’s Fund (NCF) are :

  1. To raise funds from individuals, institutions, corporate, and others; and
  2. to promote and fund the various programmes for children who are affected by natural calamities, disasters, distress, and in difficult circumstances through voluntary agencies and State Governments, in un-served and under-served areas including tribal and remote areas in pursuance of the National Charter for Children, and Children in difficult circumstances including children living in Child Care Institutions (CCIs).


The Fund is reaching out to the designated target population through Grants-in-Aid to voluntary agencies till 2016 and through Scholarships to children living in the CCIs. From 2017 onwards, the NCF has continued only scholarships for children living in the Child Care Institutions.


The fund raised by NCF during the last 3 financial years and current year is as follows-


Year Fund Received (in Rs.)
2019-20 33,75,600/-
2020-21 1,48,25,597/-
2021-22 17,91,825/-
2022-23 5,03,000/- (as on 31st May 2022)


The NCF started with seed money of rupees one Lakh from the Government of India on 2nd March 1979. NCF has been raising its Funds out of public donations. The Fund has financed a total of 294 projects to the tune of Rs. 8,01,40,341/- since its inception till 2016-17 and given scholarships amounting to Rs. 85,45,500/- to 972 children living in CCIs since 2016-17.


State/UT wise fund released and utilized by NCF for various scheme:


Fund released/utilized
Year Scholarship Amount No. of children benefitted Details of Grant-in-Aid
Amount Project Details
2019-20 75 2,85,390/- “Welfare and Development of Disabled Children”

Project Sanctioned for Andhra Pradesh in January 2016

2020-21 50 1,49,670/- “Imparting Computer Education to the Rural Students of Kalsi Block of Dehradun District”

Project Sanctioned for Uttarakhand in January 2016

2021-22 35,76,000/- 400 State-wise detail of students given in table below


2022-23 100 4,99,500/- “Redressal Approaches Towards Combating Problems Faced By Girls Child Needing Special Attention at Vulnerable Zones Comprising of Naxalbari and Kharibari, Blocks in the Backward Darjeeling District of West Bengal State”

Project Sanctioned for West Bengal in January 2015



State/UT wise scholarships given to children for the year 2021-22
State No. of Children
Andaman & Nicobar 25
Chhattisgarh 11
Gujarat 32
Haryana 26
Jammu & Kashmir 62
Karnataka 20
Kerala 62
Madhya Pradesh 12
Maharashtra 8
Meghalaya 3
Odisha 8
Tamilnadu 108
Tripura 9
West Bengal 14
Total 400


The number of children who have benefited out of NCF during the above period;


Sl. No. Year Number of Children Benefitted Amount released

(in Rs.)

1 2019-20 75 2,85,390/-
2 2020-21 50 1,49,670/-
3 2021-22 400 35,76,000/-


The NCF has provided financial assistance of Rs. 8,01,40,341/- in the nature of one-time grant to 294 Voluntary Agencies/ non-profit Institutions, which were implementing schemes for welfare of children. The Grant in aid Scheme continued till the Financial Year 2016-17.

The scholarship is provided to children staying in Child Care Institutions. The eligibility conditions are as follows:-


  • The applicant should have secured minimum 55% marks in the final examination of the previous class and minimum 75% attendance.
  • Students pursuing their studies from IX standard onwards are eligible for the scholarship.
  • 50% of the total scholarship money will be earmarked for girl students.


Scholarship norm for students of different classes

Category of Class Scholarship Amount
Class IX & X Rs. 700/-p.m. per child

(Child will receive Rs.16,800 on completing X class)

Class XI & XII Rs. 800/-p.m. per child

(Child will receive Rs.19,200 on completing XII class)


This information was given by the Union Minister of Women and Child Development, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

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