The Habitats Trust Grants aim to recognise and support organisations and individuals working in the field in India to conserve our natural habitats and indigenous species of flora and fauna. Working in a partnership model, the grants facilitate field activities and provide our partners an opportunity to leverage this support to make their work more sustainable. This is an annual initiative and the grants are administered for a period of two years.

Grants for organisations

Grants For Individuals


The objective of The Habitats Trust Grants is to recognise and support the heroes of conservation, organisations and individuals, who work tirelessly against insurmountable odds to protect and preserve India’s natural habitats and indigenous species of flora and fauna.

The Habitats Trust Grants have the following specific objectives:

To financially support innovative, sustainable and replicable projects, proposed by committed conservationists working to secure a future for India’s habitats and indigenous species. An annual initiative, one recipient is selected in each of the four grant categories every year.

To identify the unsung heroes of conservation whose work has had a significant impact in the field, and publish a compendium capturing their work, so their efforts are recognised at a national and international level.


The Habitats Trust Grants recipients are selected through a structured process that measures in detail and depth, the impact of the project, the applicant’s capacity to deliver, and sustainability of the proposed work.

The screening model applied is simple yet robust, scientifically formulated, with multiple levels of assessments. Parameters include the relevance, expected conservation impact, stakeholder engagement, scalability, replicability and sustainability of the proposed project. The past work and conservation ethics of the applicant are thoroughly investigated.

The process consists of four distinct levels of assessments, as listed below:


Bahar Dutt

Wildlife Biologist, Author and Environmental Journalist

Brian Heath

Founder and CEO for the Mara Triangle Conservation Area, Kenya.

Dr M. K. Ranjitsinh

Wildlife Expert and architect of the Wild Life (Protection) Act of 1972

Roshni Nadar Malhotra

CEO and Executive Director, HCL Corporation and Founder and Trustee, The Habitats Trust.

Grants Recipients

Since the inauguration The Habitats Trust Grants in 2018, we have received over 10,000 registrations and 1,000 applications from across India. Of this, 11 recipients have been selected.

Explore this map to learn about the work of our grant recipients.