Bird Eye View of the Field NGO (FNGO), Mother NGO (MNGO) and Service NGO (SNGO)


Initial Project :

 3 years extendable to 5 years based on evaluation of performance

Work in :

 Under-served / un-served areas irrespective of their size of operation.

Address :

 Gender issues and enhance male involvement in improving reproductive health status of women adolescents and children.

Selection Criteria   FNGO   MNGO   SNGO
bullet a  minimum of two (2) years.

more than three (3) years.


more than five (5) years.

NGO should be registered under the Indian Societies Registration Act / Indian Trust Act / Indian Religious and Charitable Act / Company Act or their State counterparts for
NGOs applying for MNGO / SNGO status in State other than that of its registration, should    have State specific chapters registered. Alternatively, branches affiliated to a    National level Federation/ Organization can be registered with the parent body.

Two (2)

  Three (3)     last Three (3) years. Proven expertise in provisioning of services and training is required.

Proven experience of working for _____ years in Health & Family Welfare and in social sector (e.g. education, women's empowerment, rural development).


Preferably implemented a field project in Health and Reproductive and Child Health (RCH).


Scale of operation during the previous two years should be comparable to the funding sought.

    Two (2)   Three (3)   Three (3)
Field presence for at least two years in the geographical area for which


    it is seeking  a grant   the NGO is seeking MNGO status.    
Experience in capacity building, organizing training in  ____ and other social sectors is preferred.
  SNGO has the necessary human resource base with RCH and social sector qualification and experience. The NGO has qualified professionals such as medical doctors, paramedics, counselors and accountants.
    gender   health/RCH, gender  

Original Criteria : NGO blacklisted or placed under funding restrictions by Ministry or Dept of GoI, State Govt or CAPART is not eligible for applying under the scheme.

Revised Criteria : Ref. Govt letter dated March 9, 2005 NGO blacklisted may also be considered for selection if they take clearance certificate from the agency that has blacklisted the said NGO. The onus of collecting the certificate will be on the NGO itself.

    1 Lakh   2 Lakh   5 Lakh

Minimum fixed assets of Rs. ___ Lakh in the name of the NGO, in the form of land and/ or building. This should be reflected in the latest audited balance sheet of the NGO and should be retained by it during the length of the project.


Fixed Asset Criteria GoI has responded vide their letter dated February 18, 2005 Various other instruments can be accepted as security for Determining the eligibility of FNGOs 1- Cash, 2-Promissory Notes And Stock cert in Central/State Govt,3- Post office, NSS, Kisan Vikas Patra,4-Deposit Receipt In scheduled Bank.

For further details contact your District RCH office

This should be reflected in the latest audited balance sheet of the NGO and should be retained during the length of the project.
    district/ block   district   Office premises, service delivery center/s, training institute in the district
The NGO has to have office premises in the  _______ where it wants to operate.

Jurisdiction of FNGOs is linked to the service area of the health sub center.


Each MNGO is allotted only two districts to work.


Only one MNGO can work in a district.


Preference is given to NGOs, which seek to cover unserved and underserved areas in the district. The NGO identifies these areas in consultation with the District RCH Officer.


NGOs who wish to apply for the MNGO status must fulfill the eligibility criteria as mentioned above. A transparent and participatory process of selection is followed for identifying suitable NGOs for implementing projects under the Scheme.


Minimal area serviced by the SNGO is equivalent to the service area of the CHC / block  PHC as appropriate. For SNGOs providing clinical services, the minimum geographical area is co-terminus to that of PHC and those providing referral services, will cover an    area co-terminus to that of CHC area.


The maximum geographical area covered by a SNGO providing training is not more than one district.


The SNGO can implement the program in convergence with the intermediary   organizations. (SHG, PRI, NYK, DWC, MSS, Mahila Samakhya). However, the   NGO  cannot sub contract to other NGOs or bodies in the project area.



Difference MNGO, FNGO and SNGO
Role: FNGOs implement small projects in specific aspects of RCH service delivery supported by MNGOs.

MNGOs nurture, manage and coordinate the FNGO implementation of RCH projects.

SNGOs implement RCH service directly in the community in an integrated way.

Coverage:: Implements projects covering a population of two sub centers (10-15 000 population)

MNGOs do not implemented projects except as demonstration project

Implements project covering CHC/block PHC.

Scope of Work: Small NGOs implementing RCH projects on specific issue/aspects of an issue. (MCH, FP, RTI/STI, Adolescent Reproductive Health) supported by MNGOs.

MNGOs move from being mere fund distributors to active facilitator and manage of projects implemented by the FNGOs.

SNGOs provide RCH service delivery in an integrated manner, (FP, MCH, RTI/STI, Adolescent Reproductive Health, gender based violence, male invovement, Dai training, MTP services, etc).

Mechanism of implementation: FNGO is supported by MNGO for meeting their skill requirement either directly or through linkages with district hositals, private service providers etc.

MNGOs facilitate FNGO linkage with district level health infrastructure and function.

SNGOs must have appropriate infrastructure (ambulance, clinic, equipment) adequately skilled staff, & appropriate network for referral service.

Fund for infrastructure development related to specific service: Not eligible. Not eligible

SNGOs who require support for improving infrastructure related to the proposed services could be assisted based on appraisal.


Source: 'NGO Guidebook - Guidelines for Department of Family Welfare supported NGO Schemes',
 Department of Family Welfare, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.

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