The mission of the Rochester Birding Association (RBA) is to promote the study of avian wildlife in its natural environment, to disseminate to others the knowledge gained therefrom, and to give encouragement and assistance to persons who desire to extend their knowledge of birds.
To further these efforts RBA has established the Conservation, Accessibility, and Engagement Funding guidelines to support local and regional projects and programs in the following categories
- Land acquisition
- Habitat management
This funding opportunity is open to any applicant and/or project that enhances the mission of RBA with a preference towards partner organizations, landowners, local governments, friends groups, and Eagle Scout/Gold Star projects.
Funding is not available to for-profit organizations, birding or hiking trips by individuals, or legal fees.
Submissions for funding can be sent to RBA by emailing a description of the project and requested amount to email@example.com with the subject line ‘Conservation, Accessibility, and Engagement Funding’ followed by the name of the individual or organization applying. Submissions will be reviewed quarterly by a review committee and the Board of Directors.
Funding Goals: Funding requests for the Conservation, Accessibility, and Engagement. Funding must be defined as one of the following categories.
- Land Acquisition: Submissions in this category are for projects that help acquire or
permanently protect habitat for birds with a preference towards regionally significant
species. Example: Funding going toward the overall purchase price of new conservation
land important to state listed species.
- Habitat Management: Submissions in this category are for projects that enhance or
restore bird habitat, with a preference toward regionally significant species. Example:
Funding going towards mowing fallow farm fields to benefit grassland bird species.
- Accessibility: Submissions in this category are for projects that improve the ability for
people to access birding and other outdoor opportunities with a focus on new audiences,
and individuals with disabilities. Example: Adding railings and ramps to an observation
deck or trail, making it easier for wheelchair users to access safely.
- Education: Submissions in this category are for projects that further the understanding of
birds, bird habitat, and ecology through educational programs, events, and
interpretation. Example: Interpretive signage created by a scout to be installed at a
popular birding destination, educating visitors on what to look for and why it’s important.