HCL Foundation invites RFP from NGOs under the flagship programme HCL UDAY


HCL Foundation Invites Proposals from NGOs/ CSR Implementing Agencies working in Skill Development & Livelihood Sector for ‘Skill Development & Livelihood’ theme under the flagship programme ‘HCL UDAY’.

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HCL Foundation (HCLF) was established in 2011 as the CSR arm of HCL Technologies. It is a not-for-profit-organization, that strives to contribute towards national and international development goals, bringing about lasting positive impact in the lives of people, through long term sustainable programmes.

The foundation aims to alleviate poverty and achieve inclusive growth and development. Active community engagement ensures optimal long-term gains and upward accountability.

HCL Foundation works through Life Cycle Based, Integrated Community Development Approach with thematic focus on Education, Health, Skill Development & Livelihood, Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction & Response. Child protective strategies, inclusion and gender transformative approaches remain central in all initiatives of HCL Foundation, thus ensuring comprehensive development.

Presently HCL Foundation is implementing four flagship programmes, namely HCL Samuday & HCL Grant –Rural Development programmes; HCL Uday & Clean Noida – Urban Development programmes and 3 special initiatives – Power of One, Sports for Change and HCL Foundation Academy.

For more details, please visit our website – https://www.hclfoundation.org

The goal of “Skill Development & Livelihood” portfolio is to empower youth so that they are able to break the cycle of poverty and lead a life of dignity. The portfolio is further bifurcated in the following five subthemes-

(i) Yuvakendras: Skill Development Centers help in reducing the gap between demand and supply of skilled manpower by providing training in skill development and skill upgradation. The Yuvakendras enhance the vocational skills of youth, by imparting placement-linked and market-oriented skill training with suitable wage/ self-employment opportunities.

(ii) Women Empowerment: Marginalized sections have a strong desire and capability to break the cycle of poverty. Social mobilization, building institutions and providing alternative income generation opportunities are critical. Facilitation of knowledge, handholding, skill-building, access to credit, access to forward and backward market linkages, awareness of rights and entitlements and access to livelihood services stimulate this upward mobility.

(iii) Incubation of Social Enterprises/ Micro-Entrepreneurs: Facilitating, handholding and nurturing young women and men. Undertaking capacity building, providing seed money and working closely to bring about long-term sustainable solutions.

(iv) Career Guidance & Counselling: Providing quality career guidance to School/ College students coupled with technical training so as to open their horizon to various career choices and also make them placement ready.

(v) Strengthening Government Institutions: Information deficit among school and college goers is common and is further magnified in Government institutional setup. This information asymmetry hinders them from effectively participating in the workforce. Providing career guidance and counselling to s tudents of public schools will prove to be critical for their progress and development. Similarly, strengthening of Government institutions in the vocational space is also the need of the hour. The focus will be on providing resources to existing Government Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs), Polytechnics and Government Institutions which will revamp quality education and improved learning experience.

Since FY 2016-2017, a total of 41,622 youth have been trained under Skill Development & Livelihood portfolio.


HCL Uday’s success is drawn mainly from the ‘convergence’ model where NGOs, duty bearers, communities and HCL Foundation come together and work towards integrated community development. This project is now in scaling up phase in all cities, where HCL has a presence.

The purpose of this document is to Request for Proposals (RFP’s) in line with the standards of HCL Foundation. Respondents are requested to submit their proposals on the basis of detailed instructions given below to set up high-impact projects under the HCL Uday Program in the proposed locations using innovative and sustainable models in the given thematic areas.


The scope of work against which the proposals are invited are classified as per Skill Development & Livelihood Framework (see above figure). An NGO/ CSO/ not for profit organization can apply in one or more pillars i.e.
(i) Skill Development Centers or Yuvakendras, (ii) Strengthening women collectives, (iii) Incubation of Social Enterprises/ Micro-Entrepreneurs, (iv) Career Guidance & Counselling & (v) Strengthening of Government Institutions.

Location Details:

HCL Uday has its presence in 11 cities of India. At present HCL Foundation is inviting proposals for Chennai and Nagpur locations.

Submission Details & Deadlines:

Reputed NGOs/agencies may submit proposals as per their strength and area of expertise. All proposals must be submitted as per ‘ HCL Uday’ and as per the prescribed Proposal Format along with Annexure A (Budget) and Annexure B (Gantt Chart). All 3 formats can be downloaded from the link below:

HCL F- Proposal Formats

Budget: Budget must be submitted as per the attached template. Please provide a detailed break-up of each line item and all sub-line item costs with clear budget explanatory notes. Any taxes including Service Tax, Sales Tax, Value Added Tax, or any other applicable tax, duty, cess or levies, must be quoted separately from the price of goods and services. The terms of payment along with a tentative timeline must also be attached.

Gantt Chart: The Gantt Chart must detail the comprehensive list of activities proposed in the proposal along with a tentative timeline. A sample Gantt Chart can be downloaded from the link above. NGOs/Implementation Agencies may make the required changes in the Gantt Chart as per the activities proposed by them.

Please submit proposals by 15th June, 2021 to [email protected], [email protected],
[email protected] marking [email protected] in cc.

Proposals must be submitted along with Budget and Gantt Chart ONLY in the formats shared on the link. Proposals not shared in the given format are liable for rejection. Proposals received after the due date and time will not be considered.

All enquiries regarding this RfP should be made 3rd June, 2021 via email to [email protected]

Terms & Conditions:

Duration of the project: The duration of the project may vary from 12 months.
Deadline: Proposals received after the designated deadline may be subject to rejection by HCL Foundation.
Validity: Your proposal must remain valid for a minimum of six (8) months from the date of receipt by HCL Foundation.


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