Oregon Fund for Ornithology

Small Grants Available

The Oregon Birding Association is pleased to announce the availability of grants of up to $750 each for projects that further our mission to promote education, enjoyment, conservation, and science of birds and birding in Oregon.

Three grants of up to $750 each will be offered in each of two application periods each year. Application deadlines for the two grant cycles are February 1 and August 1 each year.  Applications will be reviewed and selections made at the OBA Board meeting that follows each application deadline (typically in March and September). To allow opportunities for a variety of projects, successful applicants with continuing projects may not apply during the next grant cycle but may apply again after that.

Applications must be submitted using the format provided.  Please see the application form for submission instructions.



History of the Fund

The Oregon Fund for Ornithology (FFO) was established in 1988 by Oregon Field Ornithologists' (now OBA) Board of Directors. Here is how they described it:
Earmarked monies will be set aside in the Fund for worthwhile projects related to the purposes of OBA, to be dedicated at the Board's discretion. Examples could include special publications, improvements in Oregon Birds, ornithological research projects, etc. Establishment of the Fund was made possible by generous donations from Medford birder Otis Swisher, who is also a past OBA President. All donations are tax-deductible. A handy check box will be added to OBA subscription and ordering forms to make it easy to earmark contributions to the Fund.
Over the years, the fund was built up and disbursed several times supporting such projects as Bob Altman’s 2003 study of Black Swifts in Oregon (see final report here). The fund sat empty from 2009 to 2013.

Current Status

OBA has been working to rebuild this fund and once again use it for its intended purpose. Since its re-emergence in 2015, grants have been awarded to:

The Kalmiopsis Audubon Society for support of the Little Birder’s Club
The Crooked River Wetlands Volunteers for a project supporting accessibility
Friends of Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area (La Grande) for establishment of a Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survival (MAPS) station

Deschutes National Forest for replacement equipment and supplies for 2 MAPS stations.
Oregon Institute of Marine Biology for display cases for taxidermy bird mounts.
Hawk Watch International to support raptor trapping and banding at Bonney Butte Raptor Migration Site.
Kalmiopsis Audubon for creation and operation of the Kalmiopsis Audubon Little Birders Club.
Rogue Valley Audubon Society for placement of 4 great gray owl nest platforms in the southern Cascades.
Umpqua Valley Audubon Society for printing an updated Birding Map of Douglas County.

Azalea Middle School (Brookings) Birding Club for field trips
Toledo Jr/Sr High School to help fund the course "Oregon Birds."
Friends of Ladd Marsh (La Grande) to help fund Sandhill Crane satellite data collection.
Oregon State University Bird Nerds to help fund their Spring 2016 field trip to SE Oregon.

Mildred Kanipe Memorial Park near Oakland, Oregon, to screen vent pipes on restrooms.

Your donation to the FFO will help us fund projects such as these to benefit Oregon's birds, birders and research to further our knowledge of Oregon's birds.

Donating to the Fund

OBA provides a check-off for the fund on all of our applications and renewals, enabling you to make your contribution prior to the end of the tax year. We hope you make the Fund for Ornithology (FFO) part of your year-end tax planning.

Of course, OBA accepts donations throughout the year. Use the “Donation” button on this page, or mail a check to OBA Fund for Ornithology, PO Box 675, Lincoln City, OR 97367

The OBA board welcomes not only your donations, but also your suggestions for uses of the Fund. Send your suggestions to the OBA Board.

Donate to the Oregon Fund for Ornithology

The Oregon Birding Association Board of Directors is pleased to announce the availability of small FFO grants — up to $750 each, for projects that further our mission to promote education, enjoyment, conservation and science of birds and birding in Oregon.

Use the FFO Grant Application form below to apply for one of these grants. The deadline for applying for the next cycle of grant applications is August 1, 2018.

More information at left, or email the OBA Board.