Joseph and Joan Cullman Conservation Grants

Northern New York Audubon

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Anticipated deadline: Mar 15, 2021

Grant amount: Up to US $2,500

Fields of work: Ornithological Conservation

Applicant type: Individuals, Nonprofit

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

Location of project: Counties in New York: Clinton County, Essex County, Franklin County, Fulton County, Hamilton County Show all

Location of residency: United States

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Northern New York Audubon Cullman Grant Guidelines

The Audubon Society's mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats, for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity. Since 2008, the generosity of the Cullman Foundation, with additional support for Northern New York Audubon (NNYA), has made it possible for NNYA to distribute funding for projects beneficial to bird species or promoting the enjoyment of birds occurring in the Adirondack Mountains, Lake Champlain Valley and St. Lawrence River Valleys of northeastern New York State. The NNYA Cullman Grants support research on the natural history and conservation of birds in northeastern New York, and education and outreach activities that increase public awareness and appreciation of birds and their habitat. 

Joan and Joseph Cullman

Joseph and Joan Cullman owned the Kildare Club just north of Tupper Lake and loved the Adirondacks with a respect bordering on reverence. The chairman of Phillip Morris, Inc. from 1957-1970, Joseph F. Cullman 3rd believed that a capitalistic, democratic society depends in many ways on its citizens’ dedication to philanthropy. An admirer of Teddy Roosevelt, Joseph Cullman took great pride in his work as a conservationist. The range and magnitude of his generosity to conservation causes boggles the mind. He helped start the World Wildlife Fund and The Atlantic Salmon Federation. A hunter who went on an African safari nearly every year, he co-founded Conservation Force, an organization in Tanzania that has built 26 schools, 6 medical dispensaries and operates anti-poaching teams to protect elephants and other wildlife. He endowed the Joseph F. Cullman Library of Natural History at the Smithsonian as well as the Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Professorship in Wildlife, Ecology and Biodiversity at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He contributed handsomely to The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of Art, The Jewish Museum, American Public Television, New York City Council on the Environment, The Committee to Protect Journalists, Women’s’ Sports Foundation, New York City Audubon Society, The Neurosciences Institute at Rockefeller University, the New York Restoration, The New 42nd Street — the list goes on and on.

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


  • Graduate students, researchers, teachers, environmental educators, environmental organizations, and citizen-science program leaders are encouraged to apply for Cullman Grants.
  • Funds may be used for salaries, stipends, materials, and expenses that support the specific project for which funding is requested.



  •  Overhead expenses cannot be covered by funds from this grant.
  • Previously-funded applicants who have not submitted final reports are not eligible until a final report is submitted.