Celebrate Urban Birds Mini-Grants

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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Grant amount: US $100 - US $750

Anticipated deadline: Dec 31, 2020

Applicant type: Individuals Organizations

Funding uses: Education / Outreach

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:



We invite organizations, educators, and youth to apply for mini-grants to help fund creative neighborhood events. Proposals should integrate the arts, greening, and Celebrate Urban Birds citizen science. Yes, the project’s 10-minute data collection activity is required. We hope these community events, or series of activities, will be creative and inspire others to organize similar projects. They do not need to be complicated. All mini-grant applicants are offered free materials and training to support their events (even if their proposals are not funded).  

Celebrate Urban Birds event is a 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. We want to see what new ideas inspire you! Connecting the arts, music, dance, and gardening with birds and science leads people into deeper observation of nature, helps them enjoy the magic inherent in birds, and reduces stress. Connecting with nature in YOUR city is good for birds AND good for your neighborhood!

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Organizations, educators, and youth can apply for mini-grants
  • No experience with birding needed. 
  • The arts, greening, learning about birds, and citizen science must be part of the event/project.
  • The event/project must take place in an underserved community.
  • Data collection for Celebrate Urban Birds project must b part of the event!
  • Events/projects must take place in the neighborhood, school, community center, etc... We want participants to learn about the birds/wildlife that exists in their neighborhood.


  • Organizations working with underserved communities are strongly encouraged to apply.


  • We don't usually fund field trips.