16 May 2019

WWF-India’s small grants for conservation issues open for applications

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With the aim of encouraging young Indians to respond innovatively and independently to the conservation issues which affect the country, WWF-India is offering eligible individuals a one-time grant of upto INR 400,000 over a maximum period of 2 years for undertaking conservation research/ action research.

The grants will be used to fund research and initiatives which especially demonstrate innovation that is replicable, scalable and sustainable. Around the globe, conservationists are employing the latest technological advances to make a difference for people, wildlife, oceans, forests and clean water.
The SGIP will provide grants to individuals for activities and/or research that address issues and off­er solutions or insights towards:

  • Species and habitat related problems and concerns – with a focus on immediate threats and issues
  • Enabling communities and other stakeholders to address local environmental concerns
  • Improving local livelihoods through conservation and natural resource management or promoting livelihoods that reduce impacts on biodiversity
  • Aspects of trade involving wildlife species
  • Increasing understanding on the status of lesser known or lesser studied species of wildlife
  • Innovative approaches to awareness raising regarding environmental concerns
  • Demonstrating individual or collective action towards conservation outcomes

Criteria for selection
Applicants must demonstrate sound knowledge of environmental conservation and of the particular geographical area or issue that they wish to contribute to through their project. The duration of the project should be between 6 to 24 months and the scale of the project should be such that funding awarded covers the total or the majority of the requirements.
roposals meeting some or all of the following criteria will receive priority consideration:

  • Contribute to WWF India’s mission of conservation and priority will be given to initiatives located in WWF India’s priority landscapes or geographies (see www.wwfindia.org)
  • Achieve a clear outcome within the project timeframe that can be scaled up or replicated
  • Encourage participatory or community-based conservation and natural resource management
  • Introduce innovative approaches that can demonstrate conservation impact
  • Have a clearly articulated rationale that demonstrates urgency and need for the work

How to apply
To be considered for a Small Grant for Innovation, interested candidates must submit the following documents:

  • A completed project proposal
  • A current curriculum vitae
  • At least two professional references (details to be added in the proposal)

The proposals should follow the format provided as download on the following link: http://assets.wwfindia.org/downloads/template_for_project_proposal.pdf
Proposals should be limited to four pages excluding maps or photographs that are considered essential for a complete appraisal of the project.
Applications will be reviewed and grants will be provided twice a year. 

  Application Submission - Start Date Application Submission - End date Results Announcement
Phase I 1st March 30th April June end
Phase II 1st October 30th November January end

Please submit proposals in the given format to sgp@wwfindia.net or to
The Small Grants Program Coordinator,
WWF-India, 172-B
Lodi Estate,
New Delhi 110003
The decision of the WWF team reviewing the applications will be final.

Selection process
All grants are considered for funding on a competitive merit basis. A screening committee at WWF-India will evaluate the selection of grantees based on the aforementioned criteria along with the technical strength of the applicant to ensure a successful and sustainable project.

Applications will be reviewed internally by the Small Grant manager and a wider team of experts within WWF India. The team will also help fine-tune and lend resources toward the project, where appropriate, such that its direction and conclusions are clearly focused. Funds will be provided to the successful individual in a phased manner – 50% on acceptance, 30% on a successful mid-term review and 20% on approval of a satisfactory final report submitted by the project leader on or near the completion of the project. The final reports should also include a full financial report on expenditures made as part of the project. Acknowledgement of support provided by WWF-India should be mentioned on related publications or communications.

What will the program not support

  • Cash payments for direct budgetary support to an organization
  • Payment for ongoing projects and for expenses of recurring nature
  • Organization of seminars, meetings and conferences, except where it can be demonstrated that the organization of such a meeting is critical to achieving the larger objectives of this grant
  • Sponsorship to attend conferences, workshops, training programs in India or abroad
  • Large scale construction and high capital costs
  • Purchase of vehicles
  • Proposals from Government employees and departments

Funds should be utilized primarily for field activities and not administrative expenditures or capital assets.

Read more about the opportunity here.