WWF-India's Small Grants Programme for Conservation Research and Action

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Grant amount: Up to ₹400,000

Next deadline: Nov 30, 2019

Later deadlines: Apr 30, 2020

Applicant type: Individuals

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: India

Location of residency: India

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About this funder:



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 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

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • 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 12 months and the scale of the project should be such that funding awarded covers the total or the majority of the requirements.
  •  Funds should be utilized primarily for field activities and not administrative expenditures or capital assets.


  • 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
    • 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


  • 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