Grants

Laramie Audubon Society Small Grants Program 

Our Mission: To promote the conservation and appreciation of birds and other wildlife through education, outreach and habitat stewardship.

In keeping with our mission, Laramie Audubon Society (LAS) will offer small grants for conservation, scholarship, and outreach. Conservation grants include conservation and restoration projects as well as scientific research. Scholarship grants include attendance at conferences, workshops, or summer camps. Outreach grants support projects that increase knowledge and appreciation for birds, other wildlife, and habitats. There are no geographic restrictions for projects, although we focus on funding projects around Wyoming and western North America.

Grants will generally be awarded for no more than $500. Grants are reviewed semi-annually. Deadlines are March 31 for summer/fall grants and October 31 for winter/spring grants. Notifications will be sent out within 4 to 6 weeks.

Applications should be no more than 3 pages (single-spaced and 12-point font, including references) and must include the following:
  1. Name and contact information for applicant(s)
  2. Project title
  3. Purpose of project
  4. Project description (including methods and expected outcomes or products)
  5. Timeline for completion
  6. Explanation of how the grant money will be spent
  7. Statement of project relevance to LAS
  8. If any permits or landowner permission are required, include a statement as to their status.
  9. Applicants under 18 years of age must have an adult sponsor and the sponsor must provide a statement of endorsement under separate cover (either email or snail mail).
 Grants are awarded with the following stipulations:
  • If the project is not completed due to unforeseen circumstances, the recipient will submit receipts for the portion of the grant spent and reimburse LAS for the unused portion of the grant. 
  • If the project is not carried out according to the proposed project description, the grantee may be required to reimburse the full grant amount. 
  • A two-to-three paragraph (non-scientific) report, suitable for publication in our quarterly newsletter, is to be submitted within six months of the termination date specified. 
  • A public seminar is to be presented at a monthly LAS meeting within 6 months of the termination date specified. 
  • LAS is to be acknowledged as a supporting organization in any publications resulting from the research, and copies of the publications are to be sent to us.

Checks will be written to the applicant unless specified otherwise.

Please submit proposals in MS Word or PDF format to: laramie.audubon@gmail.com

Questions should be addressed to laramie.audubon@gmail.com

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Projects funded by previous grant cycles:
  • Spring 2016: support for Joanna Harter, a graduate student at the University of Wyoming, and Rachel Fanelli, an undergraduate student at the University of Wyoming. Joanna is studying the effects of wetland ephemerality on avian diversity in the Prairie Potholes Region (Wyoming, Montana, and the Dakotas). Rachel is working with the UW Raccoon Project to develop outreach programs, engage the Laramie community in raccoon research, and to promote public interest in local wildlife.
  • Fall 2015: support for Andy Gygli, a graduate student at the University of Wyoming studying the incorporation of eDNA data into amphibian occupancy models. The funds were used to attend an eDNA training workshop critical to the completion of this research.
  • Fall 2014: support for Kurt Smith, a graduate student at the University of Wyoming working to identify lek sites and determine the population status of the Columbia Sharp-tailed Grouse in south-central Wyoming.
  • Spring 2014: support for Jason Carlisle, a graduate student at the University of Wyoming studying the non-targeted effects of Sage-grouse management on fledgling songbirds. The funds will go to help purchase radio transmitters for tracking fledglings.
  • Fall 2013: support for Beth Fitzpatrick and Charlotte Gabrielsen, graduate students at the University of Wyoming. Beth studies the effects of landscape change on Greater Sage-Grouse in the Bighorn and Powder River basins and Charlotte studies the effects of climate change on amphibians persistence in the Plains and Prairie Pothole Region (Wyoming, Montana, Minnesota, and the Dakotas)
  • Spring 2013: support to Heath Haggerty and his Eagle Scout Troop for the construction of a birdwatching and photography blind at Hutton Lakes National Wildlife Refuge (completed Oct 2013)

Wildlife observation blind at Hutton Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
funded in part by a Laramie Audubon Society small grant.

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