How to Apply for Mini-grants

Every year, we invite organizations, educators, and youth to apply for mini-grants to help fund creative neighborhood events and activities. Proposals should integrate the arts, greening, birds and community involvement. All mini-grant applicants are offered training to support their events (even if their proposals are not funded). Organizations working with underserved communities are strongly encouraged to apply. No experience with birding needed. Mini-grants average $100 to $750.

The application deadline for the 2017 mini-grants was December 31, 2016. Check back in the fall of 2017 to apply for the 2018 mini-grants. Join the Celebrate Urban Birds eNewsletter to stay updated on new opportunities and programs. Visit the Celebrate Urban Birds homepage  to sign up.
 

Mini-grant winners:

  • hold a Celebrate Urban Birds event or project
  • introduce the public/youth to birds
  • collect data by participating in the  10-minute Celebrate Urban Bird citizen science activity
  • distribute Celebrate Urban Birds kits (with posters, seeds for planting, and more)
  • integrate the arts
  • integrate gardening/habitat creation
  • get people outside
  • participate in a training videoconference
  • Submit a short final report and share pictures for which you have photo releases

Email (urbanbirds@cornell.edu) to Celebrate Urban Birds program with any questions or concerns. You can also explore frequently asked questions about mini-grants here.
 
Twenty-three organizations won 2017 mini-grant to help them fund their creative neighborhood events and activities. The proposals reviewed were diverse in geography, and creative. They integrated the arts, greening, birds, and community involvement. Our winners are from 12 different cities and towns in the United States, and from 4 other countries! We are excited to support their projects in their communities (and hope you are too):

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana (BBBS) -IN
Buena Vista Florece Inc. – PR
Children’s Friend and Service -RI
East Carolina University- NC
Elkhorn Valley Museum -NB
Fundación REDES – Bolivia
Genesee County Agricultural Society -MI
Ithaca City School District -Beverly J. Martin Elementary School -NY
Ithaca City School District, Enfield Elementary School, Pre-K classroom -NY
Kuxtal Yaxkaba, Gestores Ambientales y Sociales S.C. – México
La Casita Cultural Center – NY
Ojo de Lumbre – San Luis de Potosí, México
P.A.N.A.S (Proyecto Ambiental de Nuestros Amigos de la Superior – PR
P.S. 228Q – NY
Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy – PA
Red de Observadores de Aves y Vida Silvestre de Chile (ROC)- Chile
Saint Paul Public Library – MN
San Juan Bay Estuary Program – PR
The Guild for Exceptional Children – NY
The Outlet Dance Project Festival – NJ
Town of Edmonston – MD
USU Extension – UT
Watsonville Wetlands Watch – CA