Wildlife Biologist, Author and Environmental Journalist
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.
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:
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.
This flagship grant will primarily reach out to mid to large sized field work oriented organisations to create a two-way partnership for the common cause of conservation. This grant is directed towards the running costs of on-ground projects. The grant should enable the creation of a sustainable and replicable conservation model to address some of the key conservation issues in India.
This first of its kind initiative aims to secure and regenerate the overlooked and unaddressed habitats of the country that are in urgent need of conservation attention. India is home to an array of lesser-known habitats like grasslands, deserts, mangroves, marine ecosystems and numerous more. Some lesser-known habitats also serve as important corridors between key wildlife landscapes and as havens for dispersal populations. Through the lesser-known habitats grant, we hope to support organisations working to secure these vital habitats and bring them into the limelight.
Traditionally, a great deal of attention has been given to the "charismatic" species of the country such as tigers, lions, leopards, elephants and rhinos. While this is necessary, lesser-known species that are equally endangered and ecologically important, rarely come into the spotlight and are seldom afforded the same level of conservation attention. This unique grant aims to support conservationists and organisations working to secure a future for our lesser-known endangered species of fauna and flora.
Across the country there are grassroots conservationists working dedicatedly, with little to no support, to protect our threatened biodiversity. The work they do in their individual capacity has a meaningful impact on conservation in the country, but unfortunately, largely goes unrecognised. This grant aims to champion the work these conservation heroes and provide them a platform to expand their activities and garner further support for their activities.
Successfully submitted applications and projects will be screened for eligibility, relevance of answers and authenticity of information. A team of experts including sector specialists and external auditors evaluate the successful entries on the following parameters :
• Applicant Profile : Based on past performance and credentials, capacity to deliver, financial management, program management and other such criteria.
• Project Profile : Based on statement of need, clarity of objectives, measurability of impact, innovation, strategy and approaches, replicability, stakeholder participation, scalability and sustainability.
At the end of the First Level Screening and Shortlisting round, 28 applications, six in each category, will move forward for Field Level Verification.
The Habitats Trust team will visit the proposed project locations and meet with the project teams and relevant stakeholders to verify if details provided by the applicant are true to fact, and to evaluate proposals in the context of the conservation need and on-ground realities.
The twelve shortlisted applicants, three in each category, will be invited to present their proposed projects in person to our Jury of eminent conservationists at the Jury Round. Recipients of The Habitats Trust Grants are announced at a Felicitation Event following the Jury Round.
Project applications and Field Level Verification findings will be evaluated by the Sub-Jury of institution leaders, following which twelve shortlisted applicants, three in each category, will move forward to the final Jury Round.
The work of all the applicants shortlisted for the Jury Round is published in The Habitats Trust Grants compendium, as a tribute to their efforts and achievements. Disseminated widely by HCL, this provides national and international visibility the applicants.