- The Union Cabinet on 3rd September, 2013 approved the proposal for setting up of the BRLF as an independent charitable society (autonomous body) under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.
- Would include representatives of central and state government and significant donors, eminent professionals from civil society and academia with demonstrated experience, understanding and commitment to the issues of concern to BRLF
- Aimed at ensuring the “smooth flow and utilization of government funds to rural communities and poor households under the centrally-sponsored schemes for promoting livelihoods of the poor.
- To facilitate and upscale civil society action in partnership with government for transforming livelihoods and lives of rural households, with an emphasis on women, particularly in the Central Indian Tribal Region.
- Aim is to support grassroots level action towards empowerment of people, particularly the Adivasis and scaling up of approaches that are innovative both in terms of programme content and strategy
- It will provide financial grants to Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to meet their human resource and institutional costs for upscaling of proven interventions; invest in institutional strengthening of smaller CSOs and capacity building of professional resources working at the grassroots.
- Projects supported by BRLF would be able to reach 10 lakh poor families by the end of the fifth year. BRLF would also have supported the capacity building of 1,000 CSO professionals and institutional strengthening of a significant number of smaller CSOs within the above time frame.
- Even though BRLF will have an India wide mandate, the initial focus of the organization will be on the Central Indian Tribal Region, centered on blocks having significant tribal population across 170 districts in the States of Odisha, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Gujarat.
- Rs 500 crore will be released for creating the corpus fund of the new Society, in two tranches. The society will be constituted as a partnership between Government on the one hand and private sector philanthropies, private and public sector undertakings (under Corporate Social Responsibility) on the other hand.