Partnering to protect bird habitat
Canadian non-profits and charities active or
interested in stewardship of Important Bird and
Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) are welcome to inquire about
small grants to help them be more effective by improving
their public engagement practices. This fund was
formerly called the "IBA Local Action Fund," and has
been renamed in order to emphasize its focus on public
engagement. The Fund is a joint initiative of Nature
Canada and Bird Studies Canada.
Here are the criteria:
- Your organization must be active or interested
in stewardship of an IBA in Canada.
- The grant must be directed to transforming your
organization with regards to public engagement,
leaving it in a new and stronger place. (So, the
grant is not for status quo activities, but can be
for improving their engagement.)
- The grant can be for one or more elements of
good public engagement practices, such as:
- Improving your recruitment practices
online and offline, and expanding the
diversity of people you engage;
- Improving your systems and practices of
asking supporters to step up and do more
- Developing new leaders for your
organization, such as through training; and
- Better tracking of supporters, such as
new data systems or practices.
- The funding may be spent internally
to the organization, or else externally
on consultants, tech, targeted ads, or
other hard costs.
- If the funding is for one specific
element, your organization must have an
overall framework for public engagement
that the element fits into.
- You must be able express how
improving your public engagement
practices will lead to better
conservation outcomes for the IBA(s) you
are stewarding or interested in.
- Grants will average around $10,000
for a single year term, although select
cases may be larger and multi-year.
Nature Canada is happy to help coach
through both the application process and
implementation of activities. There is
no deadline for applications. If you are
interested, please fill out