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Beginning birders welcomed!

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 for submitting an application

The HAS Board expects to award mini-grants at the March HAS Board meeting of each calendar year and to announce the winning applicants at the HAS annual meeting of that calendar year. The applications for HAS mini-grants must be submitted prior to January 31st for consideration for the March awards of that calendar year. Applications are available for downloading on the HAS website at:

  • HAS Board members and officers will 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 a scheduled or exceptional meeting of the HAS Board.
  • To be considered as a recipient, all mini-grant proposals need to demonstrate some benefit to birds and/or birding in Connecticut.
  • Each applicant should prepare the details of a follow-up report, which shall be a condition of all mini-grants.
  • 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.

Download the HAS MINI-GRANT Application Form if you wish to apply and email the completed application to: with “Mini-Grant” in subject line


Please Note:
The Ct Ornithological Association (COA) is also offering a scholarship - information shown below:

Zepko Audubon Camp Scholarship 2019

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 2019 Scholarship will cover the full cost of ($1,395) of the Mountains to Sea Birding for Teens program from June 23-28, 2019. 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 will cover boreal to coastal bird species of Maine. Part of the week will be spent at Maine Audubon’s Borestone Mountain Sanctuary and the remaining part of the week on Hog Island.  The historic cottages at Borestone and Hog Island will be more rustic in nature than the traditional Hog Island cabins. Our participant should bring a sleeping bag and prepare for camping conditions while at Borestone and Hog Island.

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.  

Completed applications and references must be received by the COA by January 31, 2019. 

Download the application here.

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