Green Hub Small Grants: Royal Enfield Ambassadors for a Resilient Future
The Green Hub Small Grants 2023 is for youth from indigenous communities and Green Hub alumni, who are engaged in or would like to start community-based conservation projects in northeast India. The grant will support projects for a duration of 1-1.5 years. The grant amount will depend on the needs of the project and will range from INR 1.5 lakhs to INR 5 lakhs. The projects can be individual or group efforts. The Green Hub Small Grants 2023 is supported by the CSR initiative of Royal Enfield.
Northeast India is a mosaic of ecological, social, and cultural landscapes. Community-led efforts in conservation, particularly by youth, is the need of the hour in order to protect the unique biodiversity of the region, as well as the ecological knowledge of the indigenous communities. Through the Small Grants, we hope to support such initiatives and call all interested applicants to apply.
Community-based conservation is inclusive of work on local and regional biodiversity, preservation or documentation of traditional knowledge, sustainable livelihood options such as agriculture, ecotourism, weaving and other traditional crafts, conservation or nature education and outreach through workshops, films, books, museums, and other means. We encourage projects to include and focus on aspects of community engagement, benefiting the people and the area.
The selection is through a three-stage process:
1. Submission of project proposal through the application form. Deadline: 31st August 2023
2. A 5-day Mentoring Workshop for selected projects with resource persons/mentors at Green Hub, Tezpur, to prepare the final pitch for the proposal. Tentative date for the workshop: 20th - 24th September 2023
3. Pitching of the proposal to a jury where the projects will get selected for the Small Grants. Tentative date for pitching of proposal to jury: 25th - 26th September 2023
The grant is open to Green Hub Alumni and Indigenous Youth engaged in community-based conservation projects in the northeast of India.
Only projects being carried out in northeast India will be considered.
The projects have to be related to conservation action and social change.
The budget should be in INR (Indian Rupee).
Individuals should have bank statements, PAN card, and Aadhaar card.
The grant amount should not be sublet or provided to another entity as a loan.
The grant will be withdrawn if:
The grant is solely for the project and will be withdrawn if there is any misuse of the given amount or if there is a discrepancy in the utilisation of the fund.
The grant will be withdrawn if the fellow is involved in any illegal activity or if there is any report of discrepancy in the work vis-a-vis the application.
Who is eligible for Small Grants?
Small Grants is open to:
Youth from indigenous communities or Green Hub alumni
Those engaged in or looking to start community-based conservation action or a social change project.
Projects or initiatives in the northeast of India (Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura)
Individuals, as well as, small groups working to execute the project together.
What is the application process?
There are three steps in the Small Grants process:
Candidates must submit their applications with the project proposal by August 31, 2023 (Thursday). Application Form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSddaYSQxLROI_2zHqqWdHYzXRthTnHPPY3D800ZpJCVuEMpyA/formResponse
Shortlisted candidates will attend a 5-day Mentoring Workshop with experts and mentors at Green Hub, Tezpur. In this workshop, candidates will be trained on aspects of community-based conservation and creating a pitch for their projects. They will prepare the pitch for the final proposal. The tentative date for the workshop is September 20th - 24th, 2023.
Candidates will pitch their final proposals to a jury where the projects will get selected for the Small Grants. The tentative date for pitching the proposal to the jury is September 25th - 26th, 2023.
What is the deadline to apply for Small Grants?
The deadline for the application is August 31, 2023. Feel free to contact us if you are unable to fill the form or require any help from our team in doing so.
Contact: 9435529491 | 6002992560 | 9864952706
Does the project have to be led by one person?
No, the project can either be individual or can be executed by more than one person. Two or more people can apply for the grant together and must be involved with the project throughout the grant duration.
Is there an application/registration fee to apply for the Grants?
Green Hub does NOT collect a registration fee from any of our applicants. All applications are free.
What kinds of projects are eligible for Small Grants?
The project must be related to conservation action or social change work in the northeast of India. Community-based conservation is inclusive of work on local and regional biodiversity, preservation or documentation of traditional knowledge, sustainable livelihood options such as agriculture, ecotourism, weaving and other traditional crafts, conservation or nature education and outreach through workshops, films, books, museums, and other means. The project must focus on aspects of community engagement and be beneficial to the community people and the area.
For ideas and examples, do refer to the ‘Previous Small Grants Recipients’ section below. We encourage applicants to reach out to us in case of any doubts.
Can I apply for the same project applied for in the previous grants cycle?
Yes, we encourage youth to apply for extensions in small grants funding. We also encourage applicants who were unsuccessful in the previous cycle to reapply with updated project proposals.
20 fellows are selected every year through an application process. The selection is a three-stage process which includes phone interviews and face-to-face interviews. Applications open in December. Phone Interviews are between the 20th - 28th of March. Face to face Interviews are between 7th -12th of April.
For applying you can click here.
Previous Small Grants Recipients
Seela Lepcha (Dzongu Village, North Sikkim)
Project: ‘Building Lepcha Museum in North Sikkim’
Seela, from the 5th batch of the Green Hub fellowship, is building a museum to preserve and showcase stories, culture, and artefacts, among other aspects of the vanishing Lepcha community. The museum aims to execute community ownership and be a valuable resource to the community people. It is being built along with the continuous support of the community people and with the authority of the Village Development Committee. She plans to hire local artisans and carpenters to build the interiors, as well as, the overall museum. The initiative will not only preserve Lepcha culture but also act as an additional sustainable livelihood option for community members.
Wanmei Konyak (Changlangshu Village, Nagaland)
Project: ‘Restoration of Jhum Areas’
Wanmei is carrying out ecological restoration in Changlangshu village located in Mon District of Nagaland. Since 2018, he has been working along with his community to restore jhum fallow areas with the hope to increase forested areas. His project also falls under the ‘Youth for Forest’ project initiated by Green Hub. Along with the Changlangshu Biodiversity Management Committee he has developed a herbal nursery at the Primary Health Centre at Changlangshu where saplings of indigenous varieties are being propagated for restoration. Through his restoration project, he is also trying to engage the youth to come forward and contribute towards the cause.
Chajo Lowang and Sara Khongsai (Tirap District, Arunachal Pradesh)
Project: ‘Publication of an Introductory Biodiversity Book of Tirap’
Chajo and Sara are together developing a book containing the unique biodiversity found in the interior forests of Tirap district in Arunachal Pradesh. Through this book, they hope to also share glimpses of the community culture and tribal practices in the form of stories, illustrations, and images. Their goal is to get youth and community people to value the existing biodiversity and culture and move towards becoming active participants in conservation of their local biodiversity.
Rejoice Gassah (Karimganj, Assam)
Project: ‘Biodiversity Documentation in the lesser-known Low-Altitude Dipterocarp Forests of Karimganj’
Rejoice is documenting the biodiversity found in the forests of Karimganj in Assam, using video documentation, photography, and camera trapping. The project focuses on specific forest trails and a systematic documentation of the biodiversity to create a database that can be of use to researchers, conservationists, and ecology enthusiasts. He also aims to promote eco-tourism in the area, by setting up forest camps and organising nature walks, engage the local youth in conservation projects and spread awareness among the community about the rich flora & fauna found in the forests.
Dhruba Jyoti Das (Sonitpur District, Assam)
Project: ‘Integrating GIS powered Location Intelligence (LI) software framework for the Community Based Elephant Monitoring Program - Sonitpur’
Dhruba is developing a mobile application and a website to reduce the ongoing human-elephant conflict in areas between Bhalukpong and Dipota, in the Sonitpur district of Assam. The app will record information about elephant movements and alert villagers residing in the areas, in order to avoid conflict. This information can also be used by researchers to monitor the movements of the mammal.
Lalvohbika (Daphkan Community Reserve, Mizoram)
Project: ‘Video Documentation of Wildlife in Dapkhan Community Reserve’
Lalvohbika’s project focuses on documenting the biodiversity of the Dapkhan Community Reserve forests located in Mizoram. The documentation process involves preparing a checklist of birds, mammals, insects and other wildlife documented via photos, videos and through camera trapping. The data collected as part of this project will act as outreach material and can be used for research purposes. The data will also help in making the community people value the biodiversity present in their reserve and help prevent hunting in the area.
Thejavikho Chase (Kohima, Nagaland)
Project: ‘An Illustrated Book on Folklores of The Angamis of Kigwema Village’
Thejavikho (5th batch Green Hub fellow) is involved in developing an illustrated book containing folk stories (from the mouths of the elders of Kigwema village) about the Angami Naga tribe, which will have important morals and lessons as their conclusions. The moral of each story will be related to environmental conservation. This book will contain illustrations developed by Theja himself and the book will be utilised as an outreach material for people to understand the culture and practices of the Angami Nagas.
Millo Tako (Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh)
Project: ‘Survey of Birds of Ziro’
With the aim of promoting bird tourism in Ziro, Millo is working on engaging the local youth to become bird guides. He has selected several trails for conducting bird walks for tourists as well as community members. He has been conducting monthly bird walks and is preparing a bird checklist for collecting data on the various bird species found in the forests of Ziro.
Trailokya Koch (Karbi Anglong, Assam)