United Way of Chennai (UWC) envisions a world where all individuals and families achieve their human potential through education, income stability, and healthy lives. This Daan Utsav, United Way of Chennai introduces Thoduvaanam 2023, an initiative to support grassroot organizations in realizing their dreams. Thoduvaanam means Horizon. Our Thoduvaanam 2023 signifies our interest in enabling grassroot organizations to touch the horizon while staying true to their communities. 


Application Deadline: 15th, September 2023

Amazing Winners of Thoduvaanam 2023

These inspiring organizations have secured grants of 5 lakhs & 10 lakhs each to bring their remarkable projects to life!


12A & 80G certified organizations

Should be working within the boundaries of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Puducherry

Organizations with a 3-year average donation amount of up to Rs 1 Crore are eligible for a Rs 5 lakh grant

Organizations with a 3-year average donation amount ranging from Rs 1 Crore to 3 Crore are eligible for a Rs 10 lakh grant

Organizations run by family members of UWC team members are not eligible to apply for the grant

Organizations working with women’s groups, trans persons, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply


Submission of Grant Request Form (Deadline September 15th, 2023)

Shortlisting the grant requests

Shortlisted Grant Requests Pitch-in

Announcing the recipients of the Grant

Distribution of the Grants

Applications for Thoduvaanam 2023 are closed


We’d love to support you, but we do need some essential documents to ensure compliance. To apply for the grant, please make sure you have your Registration Certificate, 80G, 12A certificate, and PAN Card ready. These documents help us make sure everything is on the right track!

We’ve tried to make it easy: if your average donation is less than or equal to 1 Crore, it’s 5 lakh, and if it’s more than 1 Crore but less than 3 Crore, it’s 10 lakh.

We appreciate your enthusiasm! However, we kindly ask that your proposal doesn’t exceed the grant prize amount applicable to your eligibility. It helps us keep everything fair and manageable for everyone.

You have flexibility here! We encourage organizations to apply in the area where they excel. Feel free to choose any vertical that aligns with your strengths and passion.

January 2024. So, keep that in mind when proposing your project period.

The duration of your project is entirely up to you! Make sure it fits the goals and objectives of the program you’re applying for.

Your organization can work with communities in urban, semi-urban, rural, and even remote areas within Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Puducherry.

You may submit 1 to 3 applications with different verticals such as Environment, Education, Livelihood, and so on.