Small Grants Programme

The Small Grants programme is an initiative to enable local, innovative, cross-disciplinary, collaborative projects to start off and grow into a sustainable future. We have funded 3 batches with a total of 19 projects since 2018, leading to thriving citizen interaction like in the case of the Jakkur Lake community Garden, peer reviewed publications like in the case of the ‘Strategic in-stream systems for a decentralized approach of waste contamination in stormwater drains’ or to being the crucial spark for an ever growing project like Sarjapura Curries which has received a lot of news coverage, featured in an exhibition by Science Gallery Bengaluru and has now moved to a bigger space, delivering heirloom greens and vegetables within its neighbourhood. 10 additional projects have been chosen in the current edition of 20-21, in the areas of Urban Water, Urban Biodiversity, Urban Climate Change and Urban Waste Management.

The Small Grants Programme wants to help connect science and research done in the city of Bengaluru with the actual situation on the ground, involving as many stakeholders and sections of the society as possible. Examples of appropriate activities for the grant include documentation, data collection, research, outreach and communication, training, workshops, citizen science and citizen engagement. We invite you to take a look at the various projects supported under the programme.

To know more about any of them, you can reach out to the respective grantees at the contact details given on the project page, or you can write to us at bsf@ncbs.res.in and we can help connect you.

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