"We have seen reports on this issue. We have sought more details," external affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said. He was responding to questions on the issue during a weekly media briefing.
"In any case, any such activity in India in this area by anybody has to follow the rules of the land," Mr Kumar said, adding he will be able to comment further after getting details on the issue.
The US has said it wants to "increase societal tolerance" and reduce "religiously- motivated violence" and discrimination in India with the nearly $ 500,000 grant to NGOs in the country.
The State Department's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, in a notice, had said that it seeks to "reduce religiously-motivated violence and discrimination in India" through its $ 4,93,827 grant programme.
"The goal of the programme is to increase societal tolerance and improve civilian security to reduce religiously-motivated violence and discrimination, and the funds will support activities that work toward that end," a State Department spokesperson told PTI in Washington.