The Habitats Trust, which works towards the protection and conservation of natural habitats and their indigenous species, has opened its application portal for The Habitats Trust Grants 2019.
The Habitats Trust Grants was established in 2018 to recognise and support individuals and organisations doing seminal work in the field of conservation. Any organisation working to conserve India’s biodiversity can apply for the grants in their specific categories, which will include the Strategic Partnership Grant; the Lesser-known Habitats Grant and the Lesser-known Species Grant. The Habitats Trust Grants has also increased the grant amount by `5 lakhs each, for two categories – the ‘Lesser-known Habitats’ and ‘Lesser- known Species’ grants.
This year, the Habitats Trust Grants has introduced a new category specifically for individuals – The Conservation Hero Grant – to identify and support grassroots conservationists who protect India’s endangered and fragile biodiversity and natural habitats. The work these unsung heroes do has a significant impact on the conservation efforts being made in the country, and the grant seeks to provide them with a platform of recognition that they can leverage to expand their work.
Along with awarding the grants to the winners across the four categories, The Habitats Trust will also give 10 per cent of the grant amount in each category to the other finalists to ensure that their efforts and work is recognised. With this, the trust will award a total of `84 lakhs as grants in 2019 for projects with duration of approximately one year.
Talking about the call for applications for the 2019 edition of the grants, CEO, HCL Corporation and founder and trustee, The Habitats Trust, Roshni Nadar Malhotra said: “Our natural resources are precious and as we battle an era where several species are on the brink of extinction we need focused efforts to ensure sustainability and continued ecological balance.”
Like last year, every application will be evaluated through a multi-level screening process by sector specialists, external auditors, the Habitats team and a jury of eminent conservationists from India and abroad. The parameters which will be measured include but are not limited to – relevance, expected impact, stakeholder engagement, scalability, replicability and sustainability of the proposed project. Post first-level screening and shortlisting, 24 applicants, six in each category, will move to the field verification round, and applicants clearing this round will face the final jury round. The four winners, one in each category, of The Habitats Trust Grants 2019 will be announced at a felicitation ceremony in November 2019.