Promoting the enjoyment, study, and conservation of Wisconsin's birds.

The Wisconsin Society for Ornithology sponsors several grants to support ornithological research by students and professionals, promote the study of birds by youth, enhance our knowledge of Wisconsin wetlands, and implement shorebird management activities. WSO has awarded more than 50 grants over the last 5 years.

VIEW PAST GRANT RECIPIENTS


Steenbock Award

This grant funds a variety of bird projects by beginners, amateurs, and independent researchers. Graduate students and professionals in ornithology may apply for personal projects only. Grant amounts of up to $500 will be awarded for each project. Grant money may be used towards travel expenses related to fieldwork, supplies, and equipment; more costly equipment will be funded if ultimate ownership resides with a professional organization or institution.

Eligibility
Applicants must be Wisconsin residents and projects must be based in Wisconsin.

Application Requirements
All applicants should send their name, address, phone number, occupation, a short proposal, and an itemized budget that includes the funding amount requested, how the funds will be used, a list of expected expenditures, and sources of other funding. Applicants need not include recommendations or references. Applications can be mailed or sent electronically to the Chairperson of the Grants Committee:

Aaron Greene
grants@wsobirds.org

Deadlines
January 31 – Applications and all supporting materials due
March 15 – Applicants will be notified of the decision
October 1 – Summary report due that includes a short description of the work accomplished and how the funds were spent.


Charles and Mary Nelson Award

This grant was established through a 1993 bequest from the Nelson family. It funds ornithological research involving wetland communities in Wisconsin. Grant amounts of up to $500 will be awarded for each project. Grant money may be used towards travel expenses related to fieldwork, supplies, and equipment; more costly equipment will be funded if ultimate ownership resides with a professional organization or institution. We request that winners of this award publish their research findings in the Passenger Pigeon.

Eligibility
Applicants must be Wisconsin residents and projects must be based in Wisconsin.

Application Requirements
All applicants should send their name, address, phone number, occupation, a short proposal, and an itemized budget that includes the funding amount requested, how the funds will be used, a list of expected expenditures, and sources of other funding. Applicants must include the names and addresses of two references. Applications can be mailed or sent electronically to the Chairperson of the Grants Committee:

Aaron Greene
grants@wsobirds.org

Deadlines
January 31 – Applications and all supporting materials due
March 15 – Applicants will be notified of the decision
October 1 – Summary report due that includes a short description of the work accomplished and how the funds were spent.


WSO Grant

This grant provides additional support for ornithological research projects partially funded by professional institutions, such as universities and museums. Grant amounts of up to $500 will be awarded for each project. Grant money may be used towards travel expenses related to fieldwork, supplies, and equipment; more costly equipment will be funded if ultimate ownership resides with a professional organization or institution. We request that winners of this award publish their research findings in the Passenger Pigeon.

Eligibility
Applicants must be Wisconsin residents and projects must be based in Wisconsin.

Application Requirements
All applicants should send their name, address, phone number, occupation, a short proposal, and an itemized budget that includes the funding amount requested, how the funds will be used, a list of expected expenditures, and sources of other funding. Applicants must include the names and addresses of two references. Applications can be mailed or sent electronically to the Chairperson of the Grants Committee:

Aaron Greent
grants@wsobirds.org

Deadlines
January 31 – Applications and all supporting materials due
March 15 – Applicants will be notified of the decision
October 1 – Summary report due that includes a short description of the work accomplished and how the funds were spent.


WSO Youth Grant

WSO recognizes the importance of fostering an appreciation of birds amongst Wisconsin’s youth. This grant may be used towards youth projects pertaining to bird research or bird education. Grant amounts of up to $250 will be awarded to selected projects. It is encouraged that the child plans, writes, and submits his/her own grant request, although we recognize that a younger child will require assistance. We request that winners of this award submit a summary report upon completion of the project.

Eligibility
Applicants must be students or teachers of grades K-12 and residents of Wisconsin.

Application Requirements
All applicants should complete the Youth Grant Application. Applications can be mailed or sent electronically to the Chairperson of the Youth Education Committee:

Ed Hahn
WSO Youth Education Coordinator
youtheducation@wsobirds.org

Deadlines
There are two funding cycles for this grant. Applications are due by February 1 or September 1 of the calendar year. We require a written summary of the project or activity within two months after completion. This summary will appear in The Badger Birder (the WSO monthly newsletter).


Sam Robbins Shorebird Endowment Fund

This grant was established to honor the bird conservation legacy of Sammuel D. Robbins, Jr. Sam authored Wisconsin Birdlife: Population and Distribution Past and Present and was one of the premier authorities on Wisconsin birds. This grant provides matching funds for Wisconsin DNR waterfowl stamp projects that implement management practices beneficial to shorebirds. Management activities can occur at Wisconsin sites that are known to or have potential to provide migratory stopover habitat for shorebirds. A secondary goal of this fund is to integrate management, research, and educational activities that promote healthy shorebird populations in Wisconsin. Available funding will vary from year to year; please check our website for announcements. Grant money may be used towards labor and equipment costs for conducting drawdowns or other moist soil management practices. For examples, please see the Shorebird Management Guidance document. We request that winners of this award submit a written summary of the project.

Eligibility
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources wildlife managers and technicians that have applied for state waterfowl stamp funds.

Application Requirements
All applicants should submit copies of their waterfowl stamp project proposals, and include a one page cover letter describing the project’s benefits to shorebirds to:

Sumner Matteson
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
PO Box 7921 Madison, WI 53707
608-266-1571; sumner.matteson@wisconsin.gov

Deadlines
We are not accepting applications for 2015. Please check back in August 2016 for further funding opportunities.