This Fund is available to individuals as well as organizations. The Request Form must be completed in full and submitted to the Committee Chairman, preferably electronically.
Questions may be directed to the Committee Chairman:
Guidelines for Grant Applicants
1) Grant money shall only be used for projects or programs designed to benefit bird species that reside in Georgia on a seasonal or annual basis, or that visit stopover habitats in Georgia during migration. This grant source is not available for use on graduate student research projects.
2) Application content should pertain to one of the following types of projects or programs: 1) Research with a clear conservation purpose; 2) Conservation projects such as habitat enhancement; and 3) Public education efforts with a bird or bird habitat conservation theme. These grants are intended to support small-scale projects, and the goals of the applications for these grants, as well as the potential benefits to Georgia's birds, should be readily apparent to the reviewing committee.
3) The grant will normally be used to only fund projects, or aspects thereof, spanning a one-year timeframe. Application for grant renewal is permitted. The grant will not fund the grantee's salary, tuition, or indirect costs.
4) There is no application deadline for these grants. Applications will be accepted throughout the year. Grant awards shall be made within 60 days following the receipt of a suitable application. GOS may grant no more than $5,000 total to all applicants within a calendar year.
5) The grant committee is authorized to determine the amount to be granted per deserving applicant. For example, in some cases there may be only one quality application, and the committee may decide to reward that application with the entire $5,000. In other cases, there may be multiple quality applications, and the committee shall determine how to distribute the grant total among them. If no suitable application is received, then the committee may choose not to award any grant money in that calendar year.
6) At the end of the grant period, the grantee is required to submit to the Opportunity Grant Committee a brief written summary of research results and grant expenditures.
7) Grant applications will be reviewed and evaluated by a three-person committee (i.e., Opportunity Grants Committee). The chairperson of this committee shall be appointed by the GOS president. The chairperson shall then appoint two committee members with the concurrence of the president. In the event that there is a conflict of interest involving an applicant and a committee member, the committee member shall recuse himself or herself from the review process for that application. If a committee member must be recused, the chairperson or acting chairperson shall recommend a temporary replacement for the president’s concurrence.
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The committee may ask for receipts for a funded project, and may specify a time period over which the grant money will be released to a recipient. If receipts are less than the grant award, the grant will be limited to the amount actually spent.
9) The grant recipient is encouraged to present
the results of their project at a GOS meeting. Researchers and teachers will
be required to publish the results of their studies in The Oriole or
GOShawk whichever is more appropriate.
GOS Opportunity Fund Awards