WWF-India’s Small Grants Innovation Program | WWF India

WWF-India’s Small Grants Innovation Program

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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.
Proposals 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
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 5th April 15th May Mid July
Phase II 1st November 15thDecember Mid March
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.

Projects under SGP

2019 Phase I
  • Establishing pilot Black Soldier Fly Larvae organic waste processing facility
2018 Phase II
  • Impact Assessment of Receding Wetlands on livelihood of Rural Population: A Study of Wetlands of Lucknow District of Uttar Pradesh, India
  • Management and Conservation Efforts on Endemic Fish Mahseer in West Garo Hills, Tura, Meghalaya
2018 Phase I
  • Mapping land use change and correlating with tree and faunal diversity, in the Delhi-Haryana Aravalli hills in and around Asola Bhatti wildlife sanctuary
  • Conservation of wildlife and biodiversity in and around Jadhav Sagar Lake and Maniyar river through community mobilization and legal interventions.
  • ACT Car Pool (Community Based Initiative)
  • Using Gorgonians as surrogate across depth gradient to monitor El Nino and climate change implications in the Lakshadweep Archipelago
  • The relationship between soil carbon sequestration, dung beetles and grassland management in the Korangadu grasslands of western Tamil Nadu
  • Mitigation of human conflict with a ‘Highly Endangered’ monkey species through ecological research and community engagement
  • The characterization and analysis of micro-plastics in coastal seawater from the selected regions of south west coast of India
  • Assessment of Threatened Batoids: South west and South east coast, India
  • Sustainable Solid Waste Management along Trekking Trails in the Indian Himalayas
  • In situ conservation of four critically endangered, recently described and endemic plant species of Western Ghats
  • How has Tamhini Ghat changed? Comparing butterfly populations in a threatened landscape after eighteen years
  • Assessment of Human-Asiatic Black bear conflict and their mitigation measures in an around Khangchendzonga National Park of Sikkim, India
  • Mobilization of local youth for protecting Anjaneri Conservation Reserve the only known locality for Critically Endangered Ceropegia anjanerica Malpure et al.
  • Ecology of Relocated Rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta) in Asola Bhati Wildlife Sanctuary, Delhi.
  • Understanding impacts of vehicular traffic on wildlife in the Western Ghats and other areas of Karnataka
  • Impact of selective logging on understorey insectivorous birds
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