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