WWF-India’s Small Grants Programme

For Conservation Research & Action


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 up to Rs. 400,000 for carrying out conservation research or undertaking a conservation project.

The primary objective of this grant is to provide financial support to individuals based in India, who have developed and wish to implement short-term conservation research or initiatives that can contribute to larger conservation goals.

The SGP offers 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 resources 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
Applicants must demonstrate a mature breadth and depth of knowledge on the area of environmental conservation and 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.

Funds will be provided to successful applicants 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 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 should be mentioned in related publications or communications.


Proposals meeting some or all of the following criteria will receive priority consideration:
  • Contribute to WWF’s mission of conservation. Priority will be given to initiatives located in WWF-India’s priority landscapes or geographies and which have the potential to compliment or contribute to on-going projects
  • 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
Funds should be utilized primarily for field activities and not administrative expenditures or capital assets.

Species/Research topics which have previously been supported through the programme (refer list in the box ‘Projects under SGP’) will receive lower priority during the evaluation of applications. If your proposal covers these species/research topics, please include a note justifying why the topic should be supported again through the programme.


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 above mentioned 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.

Applications will be reviewed and grants provided once a year. The window for applications will be open from 1st October to 31st December, each year. A final decision on your application will be available by 31stJanuary of the subsequent year.

For 2015, all applications received by 30th June will also be considered for review. However, grants will only be awarded along with the other applications received by 31st December.

Please note that in-progress applications cannot be saved. Prospective applicants are advised to refer to the ‘Template for Project Proposal’ document before starting the application process and to save a copy of the proposal before submission for their own records.

In case of any queries regarding the application process, please write to the Small Grants Programme Coordinator at sgp@wwfindia.net

All successful applicants will need to hold a PAN number in order to receive grants from WWF-India.

The decision of the WWF team reviewing the applications will be final. In some cases, where there are exceptional reasons for initiating work immediately, the review committee may decide to offer a grant on a discretionary basis.


To be considered for a Small Grant, interested candidates must submit the following documents:
• a completed project proposal
• a current curriculum vitae
• at least two professional references (Name and contact details)


Projects under SGP

2014 Phase II
  • Community structure and trophic categorization of aquatic insects in selected streams around Agumbe, Central Western Ghats, Karnataka, India
  • Assessment of Natural Spawning Ground and Establishment of Species Environment Relationship of Indian Horseshoe crab
2014 Phase I
  • Study of Sloth bear habitat, identification of suitable corridors for wildlife conservation in fragmented forests of Mirzapur and assessment of human-bear conflict.
  • An Experimental Study on Elephant Seismic Communication to Reduce Human Elephant Conflict
  • Eco restoration of Mampuzha River banks in Perumanna Village of Kozhikode District in Kerala
  • Status survey of Elasmobranchs in Ganga hoogly river system West Bengal with a special emphasis on rare and endangered Gangetic shark
  • Life for Rivers
  • Radio telemetry and outreach as a tool to secure a future for the threatened Mahseer, and their habitat.
2013 Phase II
  • Is animal feed causing overfishing?: The fishmeal industry and fisheries sustainability in Gujarat
  • Biodiversity Assessment of Erstwhile Closed Areas of Barmer and Bikaner districts of Rajasthan
2013 Phase 1
  • Assessing ecological Impacts of commercial agro-forestry plantations on forest-dependent insectivorous bat species in the Southern Western Ghats, India
  • Finding spaces for co-existence: marine fisheries livelihoods and threatened species in India
  • Landform plant diversity and its utilization pattern by ungulates in Upper Dhauli Valley: A case study from Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve
  • Evaluation of conservation status of the Critically Endangered Large Rock Rat Cremnomys elvira
  • Conservation of Crocodilians and Freshwater turtles in Corbett Tiger Reserve
  • Assessment of the population status and habitat for the Gharial and smooth coated otter in the river Hooghly
  • Status Survey of the Fishing Cat in West Bengal
  • Assessing Conservation Threats to the Great Slaty Woodpecker in an Endemic Bird Area
  • Conservation of Vultures in Gujarat
  • Reassessment of the impact of nest collection on the edible-nest Swiftlet in Andaman islands
  • Study of feeding behaviour of northern pig tailed macaque in Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary, Assam
  • Status and Distribution of Malabar Giant Squirrel in Northern Western Ghats of Maharashtra
  • Study of the Diversity and Ecology of Bats in Coimbatore
The program does 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