IBCN Small Grant 2015-16

Amount of Grant

The Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), through their Royal Society for Protection of Birds (RSPB) annual grant, has set aside a fund that is available for Indian Bird Conservation Network (IBCN) conservation work related to Important Bird areas (IBAs)(monitoring and survey of Potential IBAs) and threatened species of birds found in India. We have multiple grants to be given for 2015-16 and each grant awarded will be upto a maximum amount of Rs.1,00,000/- (Rupees One Lakh). These will be given to IBCN members (individuals or organizations). Small Grants may be for complete funding or a contribution to a larger project.

Addressing conservation priorities
There are many conservation tasks to be undertaken in India, involving site protection and management, research, education and raising awareness, building organisations and other activities. The grants aim to achieve maximum effect by funding proposals that:
are for identification of potential IBAs, monitoring of existing IBAs, focused on research and conservation of threatened bird species or IBAs, and citizen science initiatives for bird conservation. The proposal should have clear objectives and practical conservation benefits, are able to make effective use of the limited funds available,
In addition, those applications that can raise additional funding to support their project proposals will be considered more favourably.


Applications and Approval
A concept note should be submitted by within next 15 days and these will be reviewed by BNHS. Those projects selected will be asked to submit a full proposal. Recipients will be asked to sign a contract, confirming the use to which the funds are to be put and agreeing the implementation and reporting schedule.


Requirements for applications
1. Concept Note:
The note should be in English, a maximum of one side of A4 paper, sent by e-mail and contain:

Project title and area of implementation
A paragraph description of the project
A paragraph for justification for the project: why is it needed and what conservation priorities will it help to address?
The timing and duration of the project (schedule).
The total project budget and amount requested from the small grant.

  1. Full Proposal (if selected):
    The Application should be in English, a maximum of four sides of A4 paper, sent by e-mail and contain:
    ·         Project title and area of implementation
    ·         Details of the applicant, including the name of the responsible individual, address, fax number and e-mail address
    ·         The objectives of the project
    ·         The justification for the project: why is it needed and what conservation priorities will it help to address?
    ·         The timing and duration of the project
    ·         The methods to be used by the project
    ·         The outputs (for example reports, conservation activities) that are expected and the timings for research projects, the expected conservation results or the links to organisations or other projects which will use the results of the study for conservation action
    ·         Approval from government and other authorities for work in Protected Areas etc. if necessary
    ·         A budget showing the total project budget and the amount requested from the IBCN small grant.Proposals should be sent at IBCN Secretariat:
    Email: ibabnhs@gmail.com

(Note: Only existing members of IBCN are eligible to apply for this grant. Those who are yet to submit their final reports of their last grant please do not apply).

IBCN Small Grant past reports

Birds of Chinnar Pravin J & P.O. Nameer

Bird Diversity of Melagiris- Kenneth Anderson Nature Society

Potential IBAs in Bihar – Arvind Mishra

Bird survey in the northern Eastern Ghats -ATREE

Status survey of IBAs of Rajasthan – Himmat Singh

Blanfords Laughingthrush TNHS Kerala

Status survey of Sociable Lapwing Gujarat – Corbett Foundation

Avian diversity & threats to species -Talle WLS- Murali Krishnan