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Celebrate Urban Birds (CUBs) Mini-Grant

Grants to USA, Canada, and International
Organizations for Community Wildlife Events

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Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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Grants ranging from $100 to $750 to USA, Canada, and International organizations for community events related to the study of birds. Events include participation in a citizen science project. Priority will be given to organizations that work with under-resourced and underserved communities. Events combine the study of birds with art, community service, gardening, and science.

All applicants will receive free training, materials, and resources to bring their ideas to life; including proposals that can not be funded. No experience with birds is required.

Celebrate Urban Birds Events

Celebrate Urban Birds events are neighborhood events featuring activities involving birds, community service, art, greening, and science. Celebrate Urban Birds mini-grants could be used to support a bird-activity day after school; at a local museum, library, or community center; or fund art and gardening activities at your club, business, school, senior center, or neighborhood. 

Citizen Science Project: Participants spend 10 minutes watching birds in their neighborhood and report their observations online. This information helps scientists better understand how birds survive in cities and make use of greens spaces, including parks and gardens.

Mini-grant winners will hold a Celebrate Urban Birds event or project that:

  • Includes the arts
  • Includes gardening
  • Connects the public with nature
  • Teaches the public about birds, especially the 16 focal species
  • Collects data by participating in the 10-minute Celebrate Urban Bird citizen science activity
  • Distributes Celebrate Urban Birds kits (with posters, seeds for planting, and more)

For more about Celebrate Urban Birds, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177887

Estimated Size of Grant:

The mini-grants range from $100 to $750.

Term of Contract:

Mini-grant winners will hold a Celebrate Urban Birds event or project in 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- CUBs partners with community-based organizations.
- Organizations that work with underserved and under-resourced communities are strongly encouraged to apply.
- Participants range in age from preschoolers and kindergartners to seniors.
- No experience with birds necessary.

Funding is not restricted to dense city environments. The sixteen target focal species can be found in a wide range of environments throughout North America. Educational materials are sent to, and data is collected from, Canada and Mexico, too.

Pre-Application Information:

The last day to apply for 2020 mini-grants is December 31, 2019. The list of winning organizations will be published on February 17, 2020.

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

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For questions about mini-grants, write to, or call (607) 254-2455.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon

International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.