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CFO Projects, Grants & Scholarships

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The deadline (12/10/2021) for project applications for this grant cycle has passed. Please check back for next year's deadline.

CFO is devoted to the study, conservation and enjoyment of Colorado's birds. In addition to raising funds through memberships, CFO also hosts events like the annual convention, field trips and the Colorado Birding Challenge in order to fund research, special projects and youth scholarships that will have a lasting benefit to Colorado birds, and the habitats upon which they rely.

Each year we review proposals for research and special projects and, depending on our budget, make commitments to fund as many as possible based on committee input. CFO grants are often applied as matching funds for larger grants benefitting Colorado birds. Recipients are required to provide regular status updates and either publish a short, year-end summary of their funded work in Colorado Birds or present their findings in person at the annual convention.

CFO Project Grants makes grants to qualifying individuals or organizations to fund programs and projects that will have a lasting benefit to Colorado birds, and the habitats upon which they rely. Grants typically provide full support for projects requiring $600-$1500; however, CFO will also consider partial funding of projects requiring more than $1,500. All applications must be submitted no later than the deadline date, using the "Submit Project Proposal" link. Successful applicants will be notified after the March CFO Board Meeting. View the detailed application guidelines.

Applications may be made for Youth Scholarships to assist young birders in attending conventions, summer camps, workshops and training programs that introduce them to science and nature through the study of birds. See the Youth Scholarship Application Guideline.

If you have questions, please contact us

CFO accepts both general donations and special project donations to further this agenda. Please visit our donation page to contribute.


CFO is joining forces with Scott Somershoe to raise funds for a new grant, the Joe Roller Memorial Grant, to support avian research in Colorado and to honor the memory of long-time Colorado birder Joe Roller. The grant will be awarded to the top ranked research proposal every year and will be funded by pledges raised through Scott’s 2021 Green Big Year, a green (carbon-free) birding initiative. Scott is going to find as many species as possible by only walking or riding his bike from his home in Littleton, Jefferson County, with a goal of raising as much money as possible to support the new grant. He will aim for at least 250 bird species. We will be taking per-species pledges and flat donations towards the Grant. If you pledge $1 per species, and Scott ends the year with 250 species, you would be asked for a payment of $250. For more information about the grant or for assistance with donating, please email

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First Joe Roller Grant Recipient: Carolyn Gunn

The Box Cañon is recognized by the National Audubon Society as a birding hot spot. Home to a significant colony of Black Swifts, the Box Cañon is frequented by ornithologists, bird enthusiasts, and nature lovers. Many birders come to the Box Cañon Falls to observe the Black Swifts and add this species to their ‘life lists’. Carolyn Gunn is the first recipient of CFO’s Joe Roller Memorial Grant and has used the funding to install a live feed nest camera on a Black Swift nest in Box Cañon. Click here and scroll to the bottom of the page to watch the nest now!