Bill Terrell Avian Conservation Grants

Guidelines for Grant Applicants

1) Grant money shall only be used for projects designed to benefit the conservation of bird species, particularly those that reside in Georgia on a seasonal or annual basis, or those that visit stopover habitats in Georgia during migration.

2) This grant source is available only to government agencies and non-profit organizations.

3) Applications on behalf of projects to be funded with these grants should request a minimum of $15,000 from GOS. Applications that feature matching funding are more likely to be supported.

4) Application content should pertain to actual implementation of bird conservation projects “on the ground,” not research projects. Examples of projects that could be funded via this grant source include conducting prescribed burns, implementing exotic species control efforts, relocating or restocking rare species, installing habitat such as nest boxes for non-game species, creating canopy gaps in forests for the benefit of understory-nesting species, planting cover or preferred foods for non-game species, rehabilitating injured wildlife, and installing or repairing water control devices for the benefit of non-game species.

5) The grant will not be used to fund administrative salaries, though it could be used to fund salaries of field staff, and it is not to be used to fund university overhead costs, or indirect costs such as insurance or vehicle maintenance expenses. The Conservation Grants 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.

6) The typewritten grant application, not to exceed 10 pages, should include a description of the project, list of objectives, criteria for evaluating success of the project, literature citations, an itemized budget, a statement of other financial support, and a brief resume of the applicant. The application deadline each year will be December 31. Grant awards shall be made within 60 days following the deadline.

7) The 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 grant budget for that year. In other cases, there may be multiple quality applications, and the committee shall determine how to distribute the grant total among them. If suitable applications are not received, the committee may elect to not award any money in a given calendar year. The total amount available from this grant source in a typical year is $35,000-50,000.

8) At the end of the grant period, the grantee is required to submit to the Conservation Grant Committee a detailed report of project results and grant expenditures.

9) The grant recipient is required to present the results of his or her project at a GOS meeting, as a formal presentation or as a scientific poster, and is encouraged to publish them in The Oriole (if appropriate).


Complete the electronic application (use Microsoft Word to edit the application) and email the completed application to Larry Carlile,


** Grant applications will be reviewed and evaluated by a five-person committee (i.e., Conservation Grants Committee). The chairperson of this committee shall be appointed by the GOS president. The chairperson shall then appoint four 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.

 Year  Recipient and Project

Chelsea Corbin, The Nature Conservancy
Adam Betuel, Georgia Audubon: Report


Adam Betuel and Gabe Andrle, Atlanta Audubon Society
Brannon Knight and Jacob Barrett, Orianne Society
Abby Sterling and Tim Keyes, Manomet Inc. and Georgia DNR, Nongame Conservation Section
Jen Houts, Erick Brown, and Dan Ryan, The Nature Conservancy: Report


Adam Betuel and Lillie Kline, Atlanta Audubon Society
Robert Meyer, Tall Timbers Research Station: Report 1 Report 2
Angela Holland and Brannon Rutledge, J.W. Jones Ecological Research Center: Report


Erick Brown, Malcolm Hodges, and Dan Ryan, The Nature Conservancy
Phil Delestrez, Georgia DNR, State Parks and Historic Sites: Report


Joe Burnham, Georgia DNR
Brad Winn and Tim Keyes, Manomet Center for Conservation Science and Georgia DNR: Report

2016 Tim Keyes, Georgia DNR, Nongame Conservation Section - Report
2015 Tim Keyes, Georgia DNR, Nongame Conservation Section
Malcolm Hodges, The Nature Conservancy: Report
2014 Ruth Stokes, U.S. Forest Service, Conasauga Ranger District: Report
James Cox, Tall Timbers Research Station: Report
Nathan Klaus, Georgia DNR, Nongame Conservation Section: Report
2013 Nathan Klaus, Georgia DNR, Nongame Conservation Section: Report
Tami Willadsen, The Nature Conservancy: Report
2012  Tim Keyes, Georgia DNR, Nongame Conservation Section: Report
Atlanta Audubon Society & Georgia IBA Program: Report
Nathan Klaus, Georgia DNR, Nongame Conservation Section: Report
2011 The Nature Conservancy, Georgia Chapter: Report
2010 The Nature Conservancy, Georgia Chapter: Report
Georgia IBA Program: Report
2009 Jonathan Stober, J.J Ecological Center: Report
Tim Keyes & Nathan Klaus, GA DNR, Nongame Conservation Section:Report 1 / Report Supplement
2008 James Cox, Tall Timbers Research Station: Report
GA DNR, Nongame Conservation Section: Report