Small Grant Example Activities

January 6, 2020
Habitat management workshop on Indian River Lakes Conservancy property in the St. Lawrence Valley. Photo credit: Sarah Walsh

Below are examples of some activities that we would consider funding at the $20,000 level. The $20,000 awards will support projects that actively manage, restore, and/or steward land in a way that enhances habitat and promotes bird conservation, with special emphasis on priority species or those identified in State Wildlife Action Plans.

To see examples of projects funded at both the $20,000 and $5,000 level, visit the 2019 Small Grant Awardees. To see projects funded at only the $5,000 level visit the 2018 Small Grant Awardees and 2017 Small Grant Awardees.

These are just ideas to generate creative thinking, so funds will not be limited to this specific type of work. We are eager to receive and consider all applications that meet the guidelines in our RFP.

20K Example Activities: 

  • Implementation of ecosystem management and restoration activities that are intended to create or enhance habitat for target bird species and other wildlife, including those practices that benefit both human and wildlife interactions on the landscape collectively.
  • Bird monitoring before and after land management or restoration work to assess impacts to bird and wildlife populations.
  • Engaging stewardship teams from land trusts to implement and monitor the effects of management when visiting fee owned and easement parcels.
  • Creation of habitat management demonstration areas that support targeted bird populations and display different management techniques for birds as outreach and educational tools for land trust staff, conservation practitioners, and private landowners.
  • Introducing partners to best practices and methods that can be implemented on their own lands and spread to the landowners with whom they work.
  • Offering land trusts habitat assessments and voluntary conservation recommendations that give landowners flexible management options, as well as informing landowners of and providing guidance with incentive programs that will help achieve management goals.
  • Creation of pilot projects from formal partnerships that are working collaboratively to address key challenges to landscape-scale conservation and restoration of habitat systems.
  • Teaching workshops about management techniques to educate and encourage additional land trusts and partners to manage lands for birds and prioritize lands for focal species and their associate species in your region.
  • Building capacity and supporting broader efforts that influence habitat management strategies to directly grow and strengthen land trust conservation goals.


Many thanks to the March Conservation Fund for their support!