Small Grant Program for the Conservation of Canadian Birds

Deadline: 15 January 2020

Bird Studies Canada is seeking applications for its James L. Baillie Memorial Fund’s Small Grants program.

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The Small Grants program is intended to provide grants of $250 to $1000 to individuals or non-profit groups for volunteer-based projects that promote the overall goals and objectives of the Baillie Fund.

Program Goals

  • The James L. Baillie Memorial Fund for Bird Research and Preservation (the Baillie Fund) is a project of Bird Studies Canada (BSC), a charitable organization and Canada’s non-governmental national body for bird conservation.
  • The Baillie Fund provides grants to individuals, groups and organizations for projects that further Bird Studies Canada’s mission:
    • To advance the understanding, appreciation, and conservation of wild birds and their habitats, in Canada and elsewhere, through studies and programs that engage the skills, enthusiasm and support of its members, volunteers, staff and the public.
  • In particular, the Baillie Fund supports projects that address one or more of the following goals:
    • Contribute to their understanding of birds in their natural environment;
    • Increase Canadians’ appreciation of wild birds and their habitats; and/or
    • Advance the conservation of Canadian birds.

Objectives

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  • Encourage field studies by amateur naturalists;
  • Encourage projects that involve volunteer naturalists in field work and/or use information gathered by volunteer Citizen Scientists;
  • Support projects that disseminate knowledge about Canadian birds;
  • Support projects that use the public appeal of birds and the enthusiasm of amateur naturalists to engage the public and promote BSC’s mission; and
  • Provide seed funding (for up to three years) to launch long-term projects that are expected to become self-supporting or develop other sources of sustainable funding. Atlas-type projects are an exception, and may be funded for their duration.

Funding Information

A maximum of $5,000 is available annually under the Small Grants program. The number of Small Grants per year is expected to range up to 10.

Geographic Scope

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Projects must be conducted in Canada, or on Canadian breeding birds on their wintering grounds or along their migratory pathways.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Individuals or non-profit organizations may submit applications.
  • For atlas-type projects, applications must be submitted by the sponsoring organization or project coordinator, rather than by individual participants or regional coordinators.
  • Support of graduate student research is not a priority for the Baillie Fund, unless the research clearly involves substantial numbers of volunteers in data collection or in other aspects of the project.

How to Apply

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Applicants can download the Regular Grant Application via given website.

Eligible Country: Canada

For more information, please visit https://www.birdscanada.org/about/funding/jlbmf/index.jsp?lang=EN&targetpg=smallgrants

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