The Hartford Audubon Society (HAS) is pleased to announce our annual Mini-Grant opportunity.  The purpose of the mini-grants is to help fund and support initiatives within the State of Connecticut and especially within the Hartford County area, which directly benefit the bird life in our state. It is part of the Hartford Audubon Society’s mission to awaken a wider public interest in the enjoyment, preservation, and protection of birds and their habitat.

Projects may request a grant of up to $1,000.  All projects must demonstrate some benefit to birds and/or birding in Connecticut.  Past awards have included raptor enclosures, window strike material demonstrations, educational publications, and bird habitat plantings.  Applications are due by 5 pm on February 15th, 2021.  The brief application form and guidelines are provided on the HAS website at https://www.hartfordaudubon.org. Winners will be notified in March and receive checks shortly thereafter.  Applications should be emailed to:  info@hartfordaudubon.org  with “Mini-grant Application” in the subject line.

To access the guidelines, click here.

To access the mini grant application, click here.

Questions? Email Sarah Faulkner, sffaulkner@comcast.net

Examples shown below of previous grants:

HAS 2020 Mini-Grant Awards

The Hartford Audubon Society helps advance bird conservation every year through its Mini-Grant program.  Organizations and individuals in Connecticut were invited to submit proposals in the winter of 2020 for grants of up to $2,000 that would benefit birds or birding in Connecticut.  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.

“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.”
HAS President, Sarah Faulkner

Please Note:
The COA (Connecticut Ornithological Association) is also offering mini grants.    You can find more information about them at their website:

https://www.ctbirding.org/resources/coa-mini-grant/