Birmingham Audubon seeking daring and creative projects to fund

Birmingham Audubon
Photo by George Lee

Need to fund  a daring and creative project about birds?

Last month, the Birmingham Audubon Society  (BAS) announced that it will be accepting applications from students, educators and non-profits for its annual mini-grants program that connects birds to their habitats and promotes stewardship.

Birmingham Alabama
Photo by Greg Harber 

Here are the details from BAS:

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

Grants cannot provide funds to cover stipends, salaries, interpretive programs, or indirect costs.

Applications must be received via email no later than July 31, 2017.

Here is the application form:

Birmingham Mini-Grant Application  

If you have questions, please email . Include the subject line “MiniGrant question.”



Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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