Application for a Research, Education & Conservation Grant

Mission Statement:

This fund provides grants for projects that encourage the study, appreciation, and preservation of both birds and their habitats. Grants are accepted to perform research, conduct educational initiatives, and encourage conservation of critical habitats.  Priority in funding is first the metropolitan area of Denver, then the Front Range, followed by Colorado and the entire United States.

DFO offers grants that are generally under $2000. After the submission deadline, grants are reviewed both by the committee and the DFO Board of Directors in a competitive manner. Examples of recent research grants are the study of Eastern Screech-Owl habitat, Flammulated Owl migration, the Black Swift life cycle, and the effect of grazing practices on bird breeding sites. Examples of educational grants are those to promote youth to begin bird observation by scholarships to birding camp or by purchasing binoculars or 2-way radios for such camps. Conservation grants have been given recently for restoration work at Last Chance on the eastern plains and at Dodd Reservoir near Boulder.

Please see the Project History section for further examples of recently funded grants.

  • Grant applications for 2019 must be submitted by February 1, 2019 to the three committee members of the Research, Education, and Conservation Fund.

  • Priority will be given to grants that help fulfill the Mission Statement both in content and in the geographic location of the grant.

  • For multiyear projects we will fund only one year at a time. We do not fund overhead costs to institutions.

  • Notification of approval will be made as soon as possible, and awards will be announced in The Lark Bunting and the DFO website.

  • All grant awards require that the recipient report to the DFO membership about the project in one of three ways:

    1. Presentation to the membership at a monthly DFO meeting;

    2. A field trip to the project site; or

    3. An article in the DFO monthly newsletter, The Lark Bunting, and possibly on the website. The Lark Bunting article must be less than 600 words, but a longer article with tables may be used for the website.

Applications should be submitted in PDF format and address the following:

  1. Grant recipient, address, phone, and email address

  2. Affiliation of applicant with institution, if any

  3. Coinvestigators

  4. Goal(s) of the project and relevance to DFO Mission

  5. Location(s) where project will take place

  6. Timeline of project

  7. Methods to be used

  8. Budget, detailed

  9. Optional: letters of support and list of previous publications
Questions? Please contact us

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