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IBCN Small Grants

Dear IBCN Member,

Please find below information about the funding opportunities for IBCN members to work on research and conservation of threatened species of birds and IBAs in India.

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 shouldhave 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. 

2.    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: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The information is available here: http://ibcn.in/?page_id=317

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

Thanks and regards,

Dr. Raju Kasambe,

Programme Manager.

IBA Programme.

Bombay Natural History Society, 



Jerdon's Courser Project

Jerdon’s Courser Rhinoptilus bitorquantus is a critically endangered nocturnal ground bird, now restricted to Kadapa District and possibly some surrounding areas in Andhra Pradesh. In the past it was recorded from several locations across Andhra Pradesh and even from one location in eastern part of Maharashtra. It is included in the Schedule-1 of Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. It was considered extinct until it was rediscovered to science by BNHS in 1986. The area was subsequently designated as Sri Lankamaleswara Wildlife Sanctuary by the government. At present the bird and its habitat is under considerable pressure from habitat conversion, uncontrolled agricultural expansion enabled by new irrigation facilities, uncontrolled livestock grazing and bird trapping.

Since 2000, BNHS has been working in the area with the objective of detecting suitable habitat in and around the sanctuary for Jerdon’s Courser and also detecting the presence of bird, which is highly elusive. With the initial funding provided by Darwin Initiative, UK, the project continued with support from Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), University of Reading, University of Cambridge and Andhra Pradesh Forest Department.

Since then, there has been considerable progress in developing standard survey techniques to detect the presence of the bird and to understand its habitat requirements. The methods used for survey are as follows.

·         Listening for calls

·         Playing recorded calls to evoke response from the bird

·         Tracking, using soil strips on the ground

·         Use of radio telemetry

·         Use of camera traps

Three new sites where the bird still occurs have been identified in and around the sanctuary. Ongoing monitoring of the state of the habitat, awareness activities among the local community and training programmes for Forest Department officials are the other objectives of the project.

In 2010, BNHS also submitted a Species Recovery Plan for Jerdon’s Courser to Andhra Pradesh Forest Department and Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Government of India. The objectives highlighted in the plan are as follows.

·         Species level recovery action and study of population ecology

·         Habitat level recovery

·         Setting up on an institutional framework