Applications are invited for Urban Ecology Small Grants Program 2022 by Wipro Foundation. The last date of application is 28 February.
About the Grant
The Urban Ecology Small Grants Program supports organizations working on urban ecology challenges in cities like Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Pune each year. We collaborate with capable and committed individuals and teams to help them implement on-ground community initiatives in water management in urban areas.
Over the past few years, we have tried to incorporate groundwater science-based decisions and tools in conservation, while keeping communities at the heart of knowledge sharing and facilitation. Our knowledge partners BIOME Environmental Solutions and ACWADAM help facilitate community interventions on water.
The following are some of the projects we have supported over the past few years:
- Puttenahalli Puttakere Lake (J.P. Nagar): Construction of a dual-stage wetland;
- Yelahanka Puttenahalli Lake: Biodiversity and water quality assessments involving the community;
- Voice of Sarjapura: Community-led conservation of lakes and public commons in the Sarjapur area;
- Doddanekundi Extension Park: Implementation and management of treated water system for use at the park from neighboring apartments;
- Implementation of biodiversity plan in Jogikere, Sarakki kere, and Chunchughatta lake;
- Water Institute at Bangalore University for creating a groundwater model and scenario planning for the city and engaging with students in higher education institutions. For more information, please visit: http://bengaluru.urbanwaters.in
- Mobilizing community and government action on groundwater conservation (Pune)
- Selaiyur Lake (Eco society): To enable people to understand the risk of denigration of water quality and to understand the ecosystem function of the lake for their wellbeing.
- Construction of Recharge wells (Rain Center): Select 40 locations in Chennai that are prone to stagnation or excessive runoff and construct public recharge wells
- People’s Eco-corridor along the Buckingham Canal, Chennai (Urban Circle): Addressing in-situ wastewater pollutants from low-income settlements
The secretariat of the Chennai program is Care Earth Trust. For more information, please visit https://careearthtrust.org/.
The ideas should be easily replicable to address the attempted problems in other areas of the city or across cities.
Action and Outcome Orientation
The program will support individuals or teams who demonstrate an understanding of sustainability practices and a serious commitment to work on the ground and implement the measures in their respective regions. Academic/research projects will not be considered.
As opposed to developing general frameworks or tools, we prefer the proposed idea to be as specific as possible in terms of implementation details of the project work and development details in the particular context of a ward, ecosystem entity like a lake, etc. This is especially important since the duration of the grant is initially for one year only.
The program aims to facilitate the implementation of initiatives that engage with diverse communities and stakeholders.
For the project to be effective, it is important to have a well-represented team of partners/co-owners who have allied outlook and interests around solution/technology, scientific approach, community engagement, socio-political grounds, to provide constructive feedback and complement each other’s strengths and weaknesses.
Interested candidates can apply online via this page.
The last date to apply for the current call in Chennai is 28 February 2022.
Wipro is accepting applications on a continuous basis for all cities, though evaluation may be done every 3 to 4 months.
Wipro provides grants for up to a year to teams and organizations comprising at least three founding members. The financial support is provided from the date of signing the MoU, and the maximum grant amount provided is INR 5 Lakhs.
In an individual’s case, the amount is administered as a fellowship is for a maximum amount of INR 3.6 Lakhs. Eighty percent of the fund is disbursed before the start of the project. The remaining is provided after submitting the project report and utilizing the grant (depending on the idea and its requirement, exceptions can be made on a case-to-case basis).
Depending on the progress, outcome of periodic reviews, and detailed annual review, our support to the teams/organization may be extended after the expiry of the one-year term, on case-to-case basis.
Click here to view the official notification of Urban Ecology Small Grants Program 2022 by Wipro Foundation.
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