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Calling for 2016 mini-grant applications!

2015 November 10
by Michelle Santillan

Birds may be migrating for the upcoming winter, but here at Celebrate Urban Birds, we are still hard at work to help people and communities learn more about their local birds. Every year we invite organizations, educators, and youth to apply for a Celebrate Urban Birds mini-grant, and this year is no different. That’s right, the 2016 mini-grant season is here!

If you are new to this, allow me to explain:

The beautiful canvas done by staff and participants during Worldbeat’s NatureFest event. Read more. Photo by Worldbeat Center.

The beautiful canvas done by staff and participants during Worldbeat’s NatureFest event. Read more. Photo by Worldbeat Center.

Celebrate Urban Birds offers mini-grants that range between $100 and $750 dollars to help organizations with their events. Apart from this, we also offer materials, resources, and training free of charge for the organizations. What a deal! There are only a few requirements and no previous experience is necessary. In order to be a successful applicant, the proposed event must have the essential elements of community involvement, outdoor activities, greening or habitat creation, the arts, and of course, birds. Very simple, right?

Many of our mini-grant winners are featured on our “Events” page, where you can read about their inspiring activities. For example, in May, the WorldBeat Center hosted a series of events in their Ethno-Botany Peace Garden at Balboa Park in San Diego, CA, to teach people about migratory birds. There was music and dance, gardening and installing bird feeders, and an art canvas was painted by all the participants and staff members.

Similarly, in August, Lifeworks Services, Inc., partnered with Minnesota Veterans Home to celebrate birds with wonderful activities that included a mosaic created by all the participants to be placed in their edible plants garden, bird observations done in their local area, and even building a birdbath to place in their garden!

LifeWorks helps participants go birding! Read more. Photo by LifeWorks Services, Inc.

LifeWorks helps participants go birding! Read more. Photo by LifeWorks Services, Inc.

No matter what type of event you decide to do, everyone can come together and enjoy birds, so apply for one of our mini-grants now. Everyone is welcome! Applications are due December 31, 2015, and information about requirements and how to apply can be found here. If you want to read more about events and activities of the past winners, then click here. If you are still unsure or have questions about our mini-grants, be sure to check out our FAQs, or write to urbanbirds@cornell.edu. Let’s bring bird awareness to more people!

Enjoy the video from the NatureFest, here.

 

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