Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Cornell wants to give you money

The Celebrate Urban Birds project at Cornell Lab of Ornithology seeks applications for mini-grants of $250 to $500. Eligible recipients include museums, afterschool programs, libraries, community centers and local organizations that want to create neighborhood events involving art, gardening, science, community service or other cultural activities.

The call for applications says:
If you are planning an event, you're invited to apply for a grant at www.CelebrateUrbanBirds.org. Organizations working with underserved communities are strongly encouraged to apply. No experience with birds is required.
Further details on the website reveal that qualified applicants should plan to:
* participate in a training videoconference
* hold a Celebrate Urban Birds event in 2010
* introduce the public/youth to birds
* collect Celebrate Urban Birds data and inspire others to observe birds and collect data
* distribute Celebrate Urban Birds kits (with posters, seeds for planting, and more)
* integrate the arts
* integrate gardening/habitat creation
* get people outside
* submit a short final report and share pictures with photo releases.

The application deadline is Monday, Feb. 15. Winners will be announced on March 1.

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