Colorado Field Ornithologists is devoted to the study, conservation, and enjoyment of Colorado's birds. Each year CFO funds research and conservation projects that will have a lasting benefit to Colorado birds and the habitats upon which they rely. CFO also provides scholarships for youth and students to attend scientific conferences or birding camps to promote the education of the next generation of bird enthusiasts, researchers, and conservationists.
Colorado Birding Challenge Conservation Grants
The Colorado Birding Challenge is a fun, county-based birding and conservation event organized by Colorado Field Ornithologists each year. The objectives of the Challenge are to engage birders in a fun day of finding and learning about Colorado's birds, to provide support for the expanding programs and work of Colorado Field Ornithologists, and to raise funds for an important conservation initiative.
Past Challenge conservation initiative grant recipients have received from $20,000 to $40,000, depending on how much is raised by the Challenge, to support the important work to conserve Colorado birds and their threatened habitats. Organizations and individuals with conservation projects impacting Colorado birds and their habitats are invited to submit proposals.
The application for 2024 Challenge Conservation Grants will be open in early fall 2023. Details for application submission will be posted when the application period opens.
CFO makes grants to individuals or organizations to fund programs and projects that will have a lasting benefit to Colorado birds, and the habitats upon which they rely. CFO provides grants for projects requesting $600-$1500. CFO grants can either fund a full project or be applied as matching funds for larger grants benefitting Colorado birds.
Eligibility: CFO grants are open to individuals and organizations that fit the following criteria:
- Conducting avian research in Colorado or species that use habitat in Colorado for either breeding or migrating.
Limitations: CFO grants cannot be applied to the following costs:
- Institutional overhead/indirect costs.
- Researcher salaries (stipends for field assistants are permitted)
- Requests for equipment where use goes beyond the scope of the project (such as cameras, spotting scopes, and office equipment) are usually not permitted and require specific justification.
- If applicants are concerned about any budget items, they should contact CFO Grants & Scholarship Committee for clarification.
Reporting Requirements: Recipients of funding will:
- Publish a short year-end summary of their funded work in Colorado Birds: Quarterly Journal of Colorado Field Ornithologists.
- Present their findings at the annual CFO convention within two calendar years of completing the research supported by CFO.
Deadline: Will be announced in Fall 2023
Submission: Email the application form to firstname.lastname@example.org
Notification of funding decision: March 31, 2024
Joe Roller Memorial Grant & Travel Scholarship
In honor of long-time Colorado birder Joe Roller, the Joe Roller Memorial Fund supports each year's top-ranked research grant. The Joe Roller Memorial Fund also supports one youth travel scholarship a year. The fund was initially funded through donations to Scott Somershoe's 2021 Green Big Year, a carbon-free birding initiative, and is sustained through the investment of the original funds and additional donations.
CFO Travel Scholarships provides financial help to young Colorado birders to attend summer camps, workshops, conferences, and training programs that introduce them to science and nature through the study of birds. Scholarships typically range from $200-$800.
CFO requires that the recipients write a short summary, preferably with photos, of their experience for Colorado Birds: Quarterly Journal of Colorado Field Ornithologists or to be posted on the CFO website.
Deadline: Rolling deadline but please submit at least 4 weeks prior to the event you wish to attend.
Submission: Email application materials to the Grants & Scholarships Committee at email@example.com.
Notification of funding decision: Within 1 month of receiving the application.
If you have questions, please contact us at the email above.