The Hartford Audubon Society helps advance bird conservation every year through its Mini-Grant program. Organizations and individuals in Connecticut are invited to submit proposals for grants of up to $2,000 that would benefit birds or birding in Connecticut. This year Hartford Audubon received 8 well-planned proposals. The Board of Directors carefully considered the proposals and awarded a total of $3,500 in grants to five applicants as follows:

  1. Allen’s Meadow Improvements: Joe Bear/Norwalk River Watershed Assoc., Wilton: Bird habitat improvements in this town-owned park.
  2. Preventing Avian Window Strikes: Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton: Installing a variety of bird-safe window treatments that will both protect the nature center against strikes and educate the public about options.
  3. Plants for Birds: Eric Holton, Edgerton Park, New Haven: habitat improvements with plants that will provide bird food sources.
  4. Medical Building Furnishings: A Place Called Hope, Killingworth: funding to purchase a table and two cabinets for the medical building where bird rehabilitation is conducted.
  5. Habitat enhancement: Friends of the Farm at Hilltop, Suffield: Habitat improvements for birds on this town open space.

Said HAS President, Sarah Faulkner, “Hartford Audubon is delighted to be able to provide funding for these five exceptional proposals. From habitat enhancement, to preventing bird window strikes, to assisting in bird rehabilitation, these groups are advancing bird conservation in Connecticut. We applaud their efforts.”




Purpose:  The purpose of the Hartford Audubon Society’s (HAS) mini-grants is to help fund and support initiatives within the state of Connecticut, and especially within the Hartford County area, which specifically benefit the avian wildlife in our state. It is part of the Hartford Audubon Society’s mission to awaken a wider public interest in the preservation and protection of avian wildlife and their habitat.

Guidelines:  Applicants should review the following guidelines before submitting their applications:

  • The HAS Board will award mini-grants at its March HAS Board meeting of each calendar year or a special meeting in that time frame. Winning applicants will be notified and receive checks shortly thereafter, and will be celebrated at the HAS annual meeting of that calendar year in May.  The applications for HAS mini-grants must be submitted by 5:00 pm on February 7th, 2020.
  • Note: HAS Board members and officers are not be eligible to apply. Any HAS Board member with a conflict of interest with any application submitted for such calendar year shall be excluded from the award process.
  • Grants may be in any amount up to a maximum award of $2,000 to any one recipient.
  • More than one grant may be awarded but the total disbursement by HAS in any year will be $2,000.
  • All mini-grant awards will be decided at the regularly scheduled March meeting of the HAS Board or at another meeting so specified.
  • To be considered as a recipient, all mini-grant proposals need to demonstrate some benefit to birds and/or birding in Connecticut.
  • Each applicant must provide a summary report about their project and the use of the funds, delivered to the Hartford Audubon Society no later than March 1st in the year following completion of the award.
  • Preference will be given to new applicants. Mini-grant awards may be limited to two consecutive years per recipient. Even in the case of multi-year awards, a separate application needs to be submitted each year.
  • An applicant need not be a member of HAS to apply.
  • HAS must be credited in any publicity resulting from any initiative funded either wholly, or in part, with funds from a HAS mini-grant.
  • Funds granted must be exhausted and results reported back to HAS within twelve months.
  • Applications should be emailed to:  hartfordaudubon@yahoo.com with “Mini-grant Application” in the subject line.

Questions? Email Sarah Faulkner, sffaulkner@comcast.net

Download the application here.


Zepko Audubon Camp Scholarship 2020

The Connecticut Ornithological Association is pleased to announce that we will again offer one Zepko Audubon Camp Scholarship to nurture interest in bird study and conservation among young birders. The 2020 Scholarship will cover the full cost of ($1,395) of the Coastal Maine Bird Studies for Teens program from June 21-26, 2020. The cost includes housing, boat travel and all meals. Scholarship recipient will be responsible for transportation costs to and from camp.

This intensive 6 day, 5 night program on Hog Island allows enthusiastic young birders to work with some of the country’s best-known birders and ornithologists on field identification, bird ecology and conservation including a unique opportunity to see Audubon’s seabird restoration work in action.

Applicants must be a resident of Connecticut, ages 14-17, and must submit a written application along with two letters of reference. Preferences will be given to applicants with individual or family COA memberships. To be considered a member, an applicant may join the club at the time of application.