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Education MiniGrant

Grants to Alabama Nonprofits, Schools, and Agencies in Eligible
Areas for Education Related to Birds and Environmental Stewardship

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Birmingham Audubon

Deadline Date:

07/31/19

Description:

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Grants of up to $1,000 to Alabama nonprofits, schools, and public agencies in areas that the funding source serves for projects that promote understanding of birds, their habitats, and environmental stewardship. For certain types of requests, applicants must contact program staff for approval prior to applying. The seven-county service area is Jefferson, Shelby, Bibb, Blount, Chilton, St. Clair, and Walker counties as well as the Tuscaloosa, Montgomery, Auburn-Opelika, Anniston, and Dothan areas.

Education MiniGrants prioritize four kinds of bird-focused educational projects:
- Physical improvements within school or community habitat sites
- Select field trips to visit significant public bird areas
- Purchases of classroom birding equipment
- Innovative, student-led projects with citizen-science or habitat-monitoring components

For more information about these project areas, see: http://1vdw947rr12skz0625skaj15-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/MiniGrant_AdviceForApplicants.pdf#page=2.

The most competitive applications will:
- Include a strong focus on Alabama birds and their conservation
- Maximize the number of students who benefit from the project
- Target a diverse student audience
- Outline a detailed, carefully considered budget
- Explain how this project can serve as a stepping stone for future bird-based learning
- Explain how the project fits within a school or organization's educational plan
- Include a plan for evaluating student outcomes
- Be innovative, creative, and "outside the box"

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 165029

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $1,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Birmingham Audubon accepts Education MiniGrant applications from individuals representing schools and educationally oriented non-profits from throughout its seven-county service area.

Eligible organizations must be tax-exempt non-profits with IRS public charity status or be public entities qualifying under Section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Funds are not provided to cover stipends, salaries, interpretive programs, or indirect costs.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Applications will be accepted starting on 01 May 2019.
- All applications must be received via email no later than 31 July 2019.
- 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 03 September 2019, with funds available by early October.

All proposals for field trips should be cleared with Birmingham Audubon's Outreach Director (see contact details below) prior to submission. (Please note: pre-approval of a field trip proposal does not imply funding, as proposals are evaluated in the context of all other applications by the full Birmingham Audubon education committee.)

If you're interested in applying for funds to outfit your classroom, it is strongly recommended that you contact the Outreach Director prior to submitting your proposal to discuss the best brands to address your needs.

If you are interested in collaborating with a scientist, contact the Outreach Director for more ideas on how to integrate real science into your proposal.

While MiniGrant funding cannot be used to pay for stipends, salaries, indirect costs, or interpretive programs, Birmingham Audubon may be able to provide free staff guidance during your field trip. Again, interested applicants should check with the Outreach Director prior to submission.

Trips to participate in the Discovery Field Trip program at Birmingham Botanical Gardens are subject to special requirements, including participation in the Gardens' Birmingham Audubon Bird Walk program. Because these bird walks are only available on select days, teachers must coordinate field trip plans with the Gardens staff no less than two weeks in advance. For more information, email Ellen Hardy,

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Applications should be sent by email to info@birminghamaudubon.org. Additional questions can also be emailed to this address with the subject line: “MiniGrant question.”

Ansel Payne, PhD, Executive Director / Outreach Director
anselpayne@birminghamaudubon.org

For more information on the Discovery Field Trip program, email:
Ellen Hardy
205-414-3953
ehardy@bbgardens.org

Birmingham Audubon
3720 Fourth Avenue South, Second Floor
Birmingham, AL 35222
Phone: 205-719-3678 ext. 2.

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USA: Alabama: Jefferson, Shelby, Bibb, Blount, Chilton, St. Clair, and Walker counties as well as the Tuscaloosa, Montgomery, Auburn-Opelika, Anniston, and Dothan areas.

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