Stand Up India Scheme-Loan

Govt. Schemes

The Stand up India scheme aims at promoting entrepreneurship among women and scheduled castes and tribes. The scheme is anchored by Department of Financial Services (DFS), Ministry of Finance, Government of India.

Stand-Up India Scheme facilitates bank loans between Rs 10 lakh and Rs 1 Crore to at least one Scheduled Caste (SC) or Scheduled Tribe (ST) borrower and at least one woman borrower per bank branch for setting up a greenfield enterprise. This enterprise may be in manufacturing, services or the trading sector. In case of non-individual enterprises at least 51% of the shareholding and controlling stake should be held by either an SC/ST or woman entrepreneur.

Key Points

1. The Stand Up India scheme is intended to facilitate at least two such projects per bank branch, on an average one for each category of entrepreneur.

2. The Stand Up India scheme provides for handholding support for borrowers both at the pre loan stage and during operations. This would include increasing their familiarity with factoring services, registration with online platforms and e-market places as well as sessions on best practices and problem solving.

3. The Stand Up India scheme focuses on handholding support for both SC/ST and Women borrowers.

4. The Stand Up India scheme’s overall intent is to leverage the institutional credit structure to reach out to these under-served sectors of the population by facilitating bank loans repayable up to 7 years and between Rs 10 lakh to Rs 100 lakh for greenfield enterprises in the non farm sector set up by such SC, ST and Women borrowers.

5.Margin money of the composite loan under the Stand Up India scheme would be up to 25%. Convergence with state schemes is expected to reduce the actual requirement of margin money for a number of borrowers. Over a period of time, it is proposed that a credit history of the borrower be built up through Credit Bureaus.


Loan details

  • Nature of Loan – Composite loan (inclusive of term loan and working capital) between 10 lakh and upto 100 lakh.
  • Purpose of Loan – For setting up a new enterprise in manufacturing, trading or services sector by SC/ST/Women entrepreneur.
  • Size of Loan – Composite loan of 75% of the project cost inclusive of term loan and working capital. The stipulation of the loan being expected to cover 75% of the project cost would not apply if the borrower’s contribution along with convergence support from any other schemes exceeds 25% of the project cost.
  • Interest Rate – The rate of interest would be lowest applicable rate of the bank for that category (rating category) not to exceed (base rate (MCLR) + 3%+ tenor premium).
  • Security – Besides primary security, the loan may be secured by collateral security or guarantee of Credit Guarantee Fund Scheme for Stand-Up India Loans (CGFSIL) as decided by the banks.
  • Repayment – The loan is repayable in 7 years with a maximum moratorium period of 18 months.
  • Working Capital – For drawal of Working capital upto 10 lakh, the same may be sanctioned by way of overdraft. Rupay debit card to be issued for convenience of the borrower. Working capital limit above 10 lakh to be sanctioned by way of Cash Credit limit.
  • Margin Money – The Scheme envisages 25% margin money which can be provided in convergence with eligible Central / State schemes. While such schemes can be drawn upon for availing admissible subsidies or for meeting margin money requirements, in all cases, the borrower shall be required to bring in minimum of 10% of the project cost as own contribution.

How to apply for loans

The scheme, which covers all branches of Scheduled Commercial Banks, will be accessed in three potential ways.

  • Directly at the branch
  • Through Stand-Up India portal or
  • Through the Lead District Manager ((LDM)

Checklist – Stand- Up India loan Application

  • Proof of Identity : Voter’s ID Card / Passport / Driving License / PAN Card / Signature identification from present bankers of proprietor, partner of director ( if a company)
  • Proof of residence: Recent telephone bills, electricity bill, property tax receipt /Passport / voter’s ID Card of Proprietor, partner of Director (if a company)
  • Proof of business Address
  • Applicant should not be defaulter in any Bank/F.I.
  • Memorandum and articles of association of the Company / Partnership Deed of partners etc.
  • Assets and liabilities statement of promoters and guarantors along with latest income tax returns.
  • Rent Agreement (if business premises on rent) and clearance from pollution control board if applicable.
  • SSI / MSME registration if applicable.
  • Projected balance sheets for the next two years in case of working capital limits and for the period of the loan in case of term loan
  • Photocopies of lease deeds/ title deeds of all the properties being offered as primary and collateral securities.
  • Documents to establish whether the applicant belongs to SC/ST Category, wherever applicable.
  • Certificate of incorporation from ROC to establish whether majority stake holding in the company is in the hands of a person who belongs to SC/ST/Woman category.
  • For Cases With Exposure above ₹ 25 Lakhs
    • Profile of the unit (includes names of promoters, other directors in the company, the activity being undertaken addresses of all offices and plants, shareholding pattern etc.
    • Last three years balance sheets of the Associate / Group Companies (if any).
    • Project report (for the proposed project if term funding is required) containing details of the machinery to be acquired, from whom to be acquired, price, names of suppliers, financial details like capacity of machines, capacity of utilization assumed, production, sales, projected profit and loss and balance sheets for the tenor of the loan, the details of labour, staff to be hired, basis of assumption of such financial details etc.
    • Manufacturing process if applicable, major profile of executives in the company, any tie-ups, details about raw material used and their suppliers, details about the buyers, details about major-competitors and the company’s strength and weaknesses as compared to their competitors etc.

The check list is only indicative and not exhaustive and depending upon the local requirements at different places addition could be made as per (necessity).

Process for submission of loan applications

  1. Information on certain parameters/ metrics of the borrower (obtained through a set of about 8-10 questions listed below) is collected through the initial registration process in the portal. Based on the information provided, feedback is provided to borrowers.
  2. The approach of the Stand-Up India portal, for handholding is based on obtaining answers to a set of relevant questions at the initial stage. These would be typically be:
    1. Location of the borrower
    2. Category – SC/ ST/ Woman
    3. Nature of business planned
    4. Availability of place to operate the business.
    5. Assistance needed for preparing a project plan
    6. Requirement of skills/training (technical and financial).
    7. Details of present bank account.
    8. Amount of own investment into the project
    9. Whether help is needed to raise margin money
    10. Any previous experience in business

    Based on the response, the borrowers are categorised as a ready borrower or a trainee borrower.

  3. Ready Borrower – In case the borrower requires no handholding support, then the process of application for the loan at the selected bank can be done through the Stand-Up India portal . At this stage an application number will be generated and information about the borrower shared with the bank concerned, the LDM (posted in each district) and the relevant linked office of NABARD/ SIDBI. The offices of SIDBI and NABARD shall be designated Stand-Up Connect Centres (SUCC). The loan application will now be generated and tracked through the portal.
  4. Trainee Borrower
    • In cases where the borrower indicates a need for handholding, then registration as a Trainee Borrower on the Stand-Up India portal ( will link the borrower to the LDM of the concerned district and the relevant office of SIDBI/ NABARD. This process which would be electronic, could be done at the borrower’s home by himself/ herself.
    • SIDBI and NABARD as Stand-Up India Connect centres will then arrange for support for such trainee borrowers as requested in one or more of the following ways:
      1. For financial training – at the Financial Literacy Centers (FLCs)
      2. For skilling – at skilling centers ( Vocational Training Centers – VTPs/ Other Centers -OCs)
      3. For EDPs – at MSME DIs/ District Industries Centers (DICs)/ Rural Self Employment Training Institutes (RSETIs)
      4. For work shed – DICs
      5. For margin money – offices related to margin money support schemes e.g. State SC Finance Corporation, Women’s Development Corporation, State Khadi & Village Industries Board (KVIB), MSME-DIs etc.
      6. For mentoring support from established entrepreneurs – DICCI, Women Entrepreneur Associations, Trade bodies. Credible, well established NGOs can also be used for extending hand holding support.
      7. For utility connections – Offices of utility providers
      8. For DPRs – Project profiles available with SIDBI/ NABARD/ DICs

      At any time, even after the loan has been sanctioned, any borrower may access the services of the Stand-Up Connect Centers.

    • The LDM will monitor the process and work with local offices of SIDBI and NABARD for problem solving and easing bottlenecks. Based on the progress being achieved in each case and prima facie viability, the LDM will sensitize the concerned bank branch on potential cases likely to come up. Once this is done, SIDBI/ NABARD will meet concerned bank officials for further follow up. These organizations will also work with other organizations who are stakeholders such as the Dalit Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DICCI), Women’s Entrepreneur Associations etc.
    • Once hand holding requirements are adequately met to the satisfaction of the LDM and the trainee borrower, then a loan application will be generated through the portal.

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