Celebrate Urban Birds Mini-Grants

 2017 Mini-grant winner - Outlet Dance Project Festival in New Jersey

2017 Mini-grant winner - Outlet Dance Project Festival in New Jersey

Community Mini-Grants Available! 

November 2017

It is the end of the year and with it comes the opportunity to apply for the 2018 Celebrate Urban Birds Mini-Grants! We can’t wait to see the incredible projects that will be proposed to connect communities with nature, birds, arts, and citizen science!
All mini-grant applicants are offered free Celebrate Urban Birds Kits and training to support their events (even if their proposals are not funded). Organizations working with underserved communities are strongly encouraged to apply. No experience with birding is needed. Mini-grants range from $100 to $750.

Here are the requirements for your proposed program, festival, or event:

  • It must take place within 2018
  • The funds can only go to organizations (not to individuals)
  • The  Celebrate Urban Birds 10-minute citizen science observation must be included
  • It must incorporate greening or habitat improvement activities  
  • The arts should be integrated in a meaningful and authentic manner 

We love out-of-the-box ideas! We encourage businesses, hospitals, healthcare organizations, senior centers, and community centers to apply. In the past, we've offered mini-grants to an ice-cream shop that gave coupons to customers who collected data and planted bird-friendly flowers; an oncology center that encouraged patients to collect data while they waited for appointments; a courthouse that offered outdoor programming for children waiting for their parents; a theater troupe that connected inner-city youth with nature; a day habilitation program that combined community work, gardening, birdwatching, and the arts; and many youth-led community greening projects.

We will share selected mini-grant projects broadly to inspire others to organize events in their communities.

Our application is simple and straightforward. You don't need to know anything about writing grant proposals to apply. Simply answer our questions about what you plan to do, where, when, and with whom. We'd be happy to help! Email: kap7@cornell.edu or call 607-254-2455.
We will be accepting applications through December 31, 2017.


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