Opportunity Grant


Guidelines for Grant Applicants

1) Grant money shall only be used for projects designed to benefit the conservation of native 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 to individuals, clubs, and organizations such as non-profit groups  who are doing citizen science research or public education/awareness about birds and bird conservation.  This grant is not intended to support university or graduate student research, or research or management performed by federal or state agencies.

Note: If you are an undergraduate or graduate student, please apply for a Norene Boring Undergraduate Grant  or Howe or Terrell Graduate Student Research Grants.  If you are an organization seeking funds in excess of $5000, and your project pertains to management actions on behalf of bird conservation, then please apply for the Bill Terrell Avian Conservation Grant.

3) Applications on behalf of projects to be funded with these grants should limit requests to a maximum of $5,000 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, research projects, or public education/awareness projects, etc., that are specifically focused on the conservation of birds in Georgia.

Examples of previous grant recipients:

 - bird surveys (point surveys, banding, etc.) within Important Bird Areas (IBAs)

- chick mortality studies

- how to help birds brochures, posters and signs

- public education programs

- physiological and behavioral research projects (habitat requirements, predators, feral cats, etc.)

5) The grant will not be used to fund any salaries, and it is not to be used to fund any overhead costs, or indirect costs such as insurance or vehicle maintenance expenses. To receive the actual grant funds, the grantee must submit receipts to the GOS Treasurer that reflect actual expenses incurred as a result of the project. These expense receipts should be submitted within 18 months of the grant award date. If receipts amount to less than the grant award total, then the grant will be limited to the amount actually spent.

6) The typewritten grant application, not to exceed 6 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. Applications can be made anytime during the year. Grants will be considered as long as funds are available for the year. Grant decisions/awards shall be made within 60 days following the application submission.

7) The committee is authorized to determine the amount to be granted per deserving applicant. In some cases the committee may decide to reward that application with the entire grant budget for that year. In cases where  there are multiple quality applications,  the committee might  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 $5,000-10,000.

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

9) The grant recipient may be asked to present the results of his or her project at a GOS meeting, as a formal presentation or as a scientific poster.

Applications may be submitted in one of two ways:

1. Use this fillable PDF form, create any additional documents and email them to Dan Vickers, 

2. Print and fill out the form above, add additional documents and mail them to: 

Dan Vickers
2223 Kodiak Drive, NE
Atlanta, GA 30345 

Grant applications will be reviewed and evaluated by the three-person Opportunity Grants Committee. The chairperson shall be appointed by the GOS president  who will the select two committee members. 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.