Illinois Ornithological Society Grant Program

Illinois Ornithological Society

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Grant amount: Up to US $1,000

Deadline: Apr 6, 2020

Applicant type: Organizations Individuals

Funding uses: Conference, Education / Outreach, Research, Project / Program

Membership: Applicants must be a member of this organization to apply. Become a member.

Location of project: Illinois

Location of residency: United States

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Founded in 1992 by birders and scientists, the Illinois Ornithological Society has grown to serve a wide variety of avian lovers with varying interests and backgrounds. Among the members are extremely knowledgeable birders who lead quality field trips to teach beginning and intermediate birders about the wonderful places to see and identify the state’s feathered creatures. Other members include backyard bird watchers, local bird club members and scientists who we support with annual grants to do important research.

One of our important goals is to document bird life in a quarterly magazine called Meadowlark, which members receive in the mail. We are on our 23rd year of publishing this magazine, which contains field notes from birders throughout the state as well as articles on great places to bird, research being done on birds in the state and interesting tidbits such as how to watch hawks from your own back yard. Many of these articles, written by scientists as well as birders, will be used for centuries to come by researchers wanting to get a picture of the avian life in Illinois. Anyone who wants to learn more about the birds of Illinois – and where and when to find them – will enjoy receiving the magazine.

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


  • Awards of up to $1,000 are available to applicants conducting projects relating to birds and/or birding in Illinois.
  • Grants are available to anyone or any organization with a bird and/or birding related project including students, professionals, organizations and individuals.
  • Recipients of an IOS Grant award must be a member of IOS and agree to write an article about the project and its results for the IOS journal The Meadowlark.

You must be a member of this organization to apply for this award - become a member. Interested applicants of an IOS Grant award must be a member of IOS.


  • Willingness of applicant to attend the IOS Spring meeting and share results will be taken into consideration in choosing award winners.