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.