In 2020, The Habitats Trust received 4,311 registrations and 561 eligible applications – our highest yet – through our online portal from across the country. All applications were screened by a team of specialists in the field and our external auditors, post which 28 applicants were shortlisted for Field Level Verification.

Unfortunately, due to national travel restrictions and safety protocols in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the team was unable to visit the field at this time. Instead, this year an Online Evaluation round was incorporate where applicants provided in-depth presentations on their proposals, supplemented by videos and photographs from the field, and interactions with local stakeholders.

The Habitats presented their findings at the Sub-jury Round, following which the sub-jury selected 12 finalists – three in each grant category, to move forward to the Jury Round. With travel restrictions lifted and movement less restricted, The Habitats Trust visited the finalists at their project locations, maintaining all prescribed safety norms.

On 3rd December 2020, the 12 finalists presented their proposals to our eminent Jury comprising of Dr. MK Ranjitsinh, Mr. Brian Heath, Ms. Bahar Dutt and Ms. Roshni Nadar Malhotra. The Jury identified four recipients – one in each category, of The Habitats Trust Grants 2020.

  • STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP GRANT: The Corbett Foundation
    Project Name: Conservation and recovery of the Great Indian Bustard in Kutch

  • LESSER-KNOWN HABITATS GRANT: SEEDS Trust
    Project Name: Conserving the Ayyalur habitat and its biodiversity

  • LESSER-KNOWN SPECIES GRANT: Bat Conservation India Trust
    Project Name: Research and Conservation to prevent extinction of the Kolar Leaf-nosed Bat

  • CONSERVATION HERO GRANT:M. Suraj
    Project Name: Anti-Snare Walks in Protected Areas of Chhattisgarh to curb Poaching

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