The Neelan Tiruchelvam Trust (NTT) is an indigenous philanthropic grant-making organization with a vision to establish and protect a just, equitable and peaceful society.
NTT’s philanthropic goals and strategies are driven by the needs and aspirations of the citizens and the social movements in the region that embody the values of dignity, human rights, citizen’s engagement, transparency and equality before the law.
The granting procedure and unique partnership NTT has established have enabled NTT to work with a wide range of actors in developing their capacities for programme design, monitoring, reporting, financial management and governance. National level awareness raising, policy formulation, advocacy and representation have been achieved through engagement with academics, activists and professional forums. Grass root level community involvement has been sustained through strategic partnerships with local organizations, and/or programmes that have been context sensitive and directly involving the affected communities/persons. NTT continues to support sustainable measures that are inclusive, pluralistic and uphold the sanctity of life.
Grants given by the NTT are in line with the programme areas identified in its strategy plans, so as to increase sustainability and impact. The focus areas at present range from the promotion of democracy, good governance and institution building; achieving social justice; protecting and promoting women’s rights; promoting pluralistic values; engaging youth in social transformation and promoting arts and culture to further understanding of rights and peace.
As a firm believer in strengthening grassroots communities NTT provides technical support to our grantees ranging from training in proposal and report writing; good financial management practices; programme monitoring and evaluation as well as the opportunity to develop individual skills to be effective change makers in the communities they serve.
Programme area: contributing towards social justice – rebuilding communities through skills promotion
Programme area: arts and culture / youth in social transformation – supporting residential programmes for socially conscious artists