Education MiniGrants

Birmingham Audubon provides financial support for educators and educational non-profits working to connect students with birds, their habitats, and the next generation of responsible stewardship. To find out more about our Education MiniGrant program, read the FAQ below. If your project is eligible, we’d love for you to apply—the next deadline will be Tuesday, 31 July 2018.

Education MiniGrants FAQ

Who can apply? 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 eligible to apply. To be considered, your school or organization must be a non-profit and tax-exempt with IRS public charity status, or be a public entity qualifying under Section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code.

How large are the grants? We award up to $1,000 per grant.

What does the grant cover? Applicants may request funding for:

  • physical improvements (e.g., native plantings, bird feeding stations, bird houses, outdoor classrooms, pollinator gardens) at school or community habitat sites
  • select field trips to visit significant public bird areas (Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, Dauphin Island, &c.)
  • student birding equipment (e.g., classroom binocular sets, field guides, bird-song recording devices)
  • innovative, student-led projects with citizen-science or habitat-monitoring components

Please note that we cannot provide funds to cover stipends, salaries, interpretive programs, or indirect costs. Daring, creative, and innovative projects receive priority attention!

When is the application deadline? We’ll begin accepting applications for this year’s cycle starting on 01 May 2018; all applications must be received via email no later than 31 July 2018.

How do I apply? First, read Advice for Applicants (available below). Then download and complete the application, scan and save a signed copy in PDF format, and email it to the address listed on the application. Please do not mail a hardcopy.

When will I hear back from Birmingham Audubon? Soon after the 31 July deadline, the Birmingham Audubon Education Committee will meet to review applications and make awards. Applicants will receive an email notification with the results of that decision by 01 September 2018, with funds available by early October.

What do I need to do after I complete my project? All successful applicants must complete the MiniGrant Report Form, available below, and return it via email to Birmingham Audubon no later than 31 June 2018. If you include photographs of students in your report, you must attach a signed Photo Release form (also available below) to your final report.

I have additional questions—whom should I contact? Please email additional questions to info@birminghamaudubon.org, subject line: “MiniGrant question.”

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