Mini-grant Application Season Re-opened
With every autumn comes the falling of leaves, the appearance of cider- and pumpkin-flavored hot drinks, and our invitation to apply for a mini-grant. You may have seen some of our mini-grant highlights posted over the summer, like the Celebrate Birds Month at a school in Mexico or some West Virginian Earth Day events, but if you missed those posts and are still unsure what a mini-grant is, read on!You may have heard of a National Science Foundation grant for scientific research, or an Academic Competitiveness Grant for college students. A Celebrate Urban Birds Mini-grant is similar in that it is designed to help recipient groups pursue their interests and it is awarded based on recipients’ commitment to the subject and their potential to have a positive impact on the world. Our grants average $100-$500, hence the “mini-” prefix, but this is still a good chunk of change that can easily make a difference in your neighborhood through a bird-celebration event that combines three essential elements: community involvement, “greening” or bird habitat creation, and the arts.
In the past, mini-grant winners have used their funds in different ways. In 2009, the Queen City Creamery & Deli in Cumberland, MD added plants and birdbaths to their neighborhood, partnered with nearby county libraries in arts activities, and encouraged bird observations by offering free ice cream to participants. In 2012, a Girl Scouts of America troop (Troop 252) worked with a retirement community and with WSKG in Binghampton, NY to develop a garden park with a mural and benches that is now enjoyed by the whole neighborhood. Last year, the Branch Brook School in Newark, NJ had a bird tally and celebration at the nearby Branch Brook Park that revolved around students teaching others about observing and identifying birds, and local artists, musicians, and politicians attended the event.
Now that you’ve seen some examples of how our mini-grants work, check out our FAQs, download some of the resources we already have available for you, browse past winners (click on the middle tab), and of course send us your mini-grant application!