2020 Award for Community Action & Leadership


New Delhi
22 November 2019

Since 2003, NFI has been giving awards for Community Action and Leadership in the memory of Bharat Ratna late C. Subramaniam, the founder Chairman of NFI, and so far has provided recognition to over 150 mid-career voluntary sector workers and community leaders. A large number of people in the voluntary sector lack the benefits of formal educational qualifications and opportunities for upward mobility. These include mid-level workers in civil society organizations, and community leaders who do excellent work to address local issues. Many spend long years working at the grassroots level despite modest salaries and daunting work conditions. The civil society sector draws its strength from and depends on their vast experience and depth of understanding of issues at the grassroots.


To encourage community leadership to mobilize civic action and
enable the most marginalized to access their rights and entitlements.

To provide opportunities to selected Awardees to enhance their leadership qualities
and enhance motivation and understanding on contemporary issues.

To create a network of individuals and institutions in order to increase the support base
available to those working in isolation under difficult circumstances


Working at the grassroots for at least 8-10 years; engaged in a social movement
or demonstrated leadership on local issues.

Working on any of these issues:
Gender justice and social justice,
Agriculture distress and/or environmental action,
Freedom of expression and deepening democracy

Aged 25 to 40 years

Preference given to those from Dalit, Adivasi, Muslim communities,
or transgender persons, or persons with disability.


Award of Rs. 1,00,000/- and a memento will be given to the selected candidates.


Please fill in the form attached
Please provide details of one referee who knows your work well

The application for the Awards should be forwarded by the Chief Functionary of the Organization
where the candidate is working.
Candidates working independently can send their own applications.

The last date for receipt of application is 20th DECEMBER, 2019

Download Application Form