The Tribal Special Project is a joint initiative by Kudumbashree Mission and the Tribal Development department to address the specific issues of the tribal population. The project is aimed at bringing marginalized tribals under the purview of Kudumbashree network to provide them with facilities which were otherwise less accessible or denied. The project facilitates the creation of ST NHGs as well as at ADSs, if necessary in areas where there are more than two Tribal NHGs. Micro finance and Micro enterprise activities are given special focus among the tribals as part of the project initiatives. Increasing tribal participation in MGREGS, formation of special Ashraya projects, provision of supplementary food for the malnourished girls of all ages, formation of ST Balasabhas and adolescents club, and holistic health programmes are some of the major highlights of the project.
The 100 days Paniya Programme is another special initiative supported by the ST department which provides food through community kitchens and establishing Non-Formal Learning Homes (NLH). The programme is being implemented in 100 Paniya colonies of Wayanad, Kannur, Malappuram and Kozhikode.
Through the project 106162 tribal families have been covered under the community network by forming 6375 NHGs. As on February 2017, the total thrift amount with the tribal NHGs is Rs. 34.12 Cr. and Rs. 31.90 Cr. have been provided as linkage loans. Apart from this, 768 tribal balasabhas and 1334 tribal JLGs have been formed and 352 tribals have been placed under DDU-GKY.