The South Asia region includes Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, and Maldives. We give highest priority to projects in the largest urban centers. Specifically, we focus our granting in the following cities: Ahmadabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Colombo, Delhi, Dhaka, Hyderbad, Jaipur, Kandy, Kathmandu, Kochi, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur, Patna and Pune. The average granting size in this region is $2,500.
The most successful applications have significant funding and accountability from the church, are in an urban area, and have a creative and innovative approach to share the love of Jesus Christ in word and action. We give priority to small, dynamic start-up initiatives that plan to become locally managed or sustained. We do not provide ongoing support for projects that began more than one year ago.
The Foundation will only fund up to 50 percent of the total cost of any given project. Therefore, organizations that are heavily funded from outside their local community and have little church support are less likely to receive significant funding. Because of our emphasis on partnering with the local church, if the applicant is a para-church organization, we require that it have a strong financial connection to a supporting church body.
In South Asia, the Foundation encourages new granting to three categories of ministry.
Outreach: Sharing the Gospel of Christ among all peoples
Empowerment: Building up the resources of the Church, one person at a time
Discipleship: Enabling Christians to be better ambassadors for Christ
Although we fund a wide variety of projects, our goal is to see our applicants actively demonstrate the gospel to the broader society.