Mini-Grants Program

Education MiniGrants

Who can apply? WE HAVE EXPANDED OUR LIST OF ELIGIBLE AREAS: Educators in the greater Birmingham area (i.e., Jefferson, Shelby, Bibb, Blount, Chilton, St. Clair, and Walker Counties), as well as those in the Tuscaloosa, Montgomery, Auburn-Opelika, Anniston, and Dothan areas, are now eligible to apply. To be considered, your school or organization must be a non-profit and tax-exempt from the IRS public charity status, or be a public entity qualifying under Section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code.

What is the maximum grant award? We can award up to $1,000 per grant.

What will the grant cover? Funds may be used to cover expenses related to field trips, student transportation, classroom speakers, school wildlife and butterfly gardens, bird feeding stations, or outdoor classrooms that further our mission of supporting conservation and environmental education. The focus of a wildlife garden or outdoor classroom must be on plants and animals native to Alabama; vegetable gardens do not qualify for mini-grant funds. Refer to the attached list for approved field trips and speakers, as well as for project ideas, but note that projects are not limited to the recommendations listed. Please be creative!

When is the application deadline? Application must be postmarked and emailed no later than 30 June 2016.

How do I apply? To apply for a Birmingham Audubon mini-grant, educators must complete the attached application and submit the original to the address listed on the application. An additional copy must be emailed to Birmingham Audubon. Grants may be used only for supplies, minor equipment, educational materials, entrance and program fees, or field trip transportation expenses; the grants do not cover stipends, salaries, or indirect costs. Soon after the deadline, our Education Committee will begin reviewing applications, and will notify successful applicants after 31 July. Funds will be disbursed in September.

What is required after my project is complete? After completing your project, you must submit the completed Mini-Grant Report Form to Birmingham Audubon no later than 16 May 2017. If student pictures are used in your report, a signed Photo Release Form must accompany the report. The Report Form and Photo Release Form are available below.

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The mission of Birmingham Audubon is to promote conservation and a greater knowledge of birds, their habitats, and the natural world.