FBS Research Grant Guidelines
Florida Bluebird Society Research Grants (FBS Research Grants) are intended to further the mission and goals of the Society. All research funded by FBS Research Grants must be conducted in the State of Florida and be primarily intended to further knowledge about all phases and activities of Eastern Bluebirds in the Sunshine State and how the knowledge gained will benefit Eastern Bluebirds. In keeping with the stated mission and goals of the FBS, secondary consideration also will be given to proposals for other federally protected cavity nesting species in Florida which meet the same criteria.
Florida Bluebird Society Research Grants will be awarded yearly, contingent on the funds available. Maximum amount awarded each year by the Florida Bluebird Society will not exceed $2,500.00. This award may be granted to one or several applicants, depending on the objectives and significance of the proposals submitted.
Priority will be given to applications received from individuals or organizations with a demonstrated interest and ability in conducting research beneficial to or expanding our knowledge of Eastern Bluebirds in Florida. Applicants must be members of the Florida Bluebird Society at the time the grant proposal is submitted. The sole decision on awarding the grants will be the prerogative of the Florida Bluebird Society. The Florida Bluebird Society’s decision will be final and binding.
The grants will be for a one-year period. All proposals will be due by December 15 to be considered for the following calendar year.
PROPOSAL PREPARATION AND EVALUATION
Grant applications must have a cover sheet containing:
- Mailing address
- Phone number
- Email address
- Title of project
- Short, concise summary statement highlighting the location of the project, the research
method and how it will broaden the knowledge or conservation of Eastern Bluebirds and
other federally protected cavity-nesting bluebirds in Florida
- Amount requested and importance of the grant in conducting the project.
All applications must be well-written and contain the following parts:
- Background summary or qualifications of the individual or organization seeking the grant, including qualifications
- Purpose of the grant and how information gathered in the study will further the mission and goals of the Florida Bluebird Society
- Clear statement of goal(s) or objective(s) of the research
- Materials needed
- Method of study (details of specific elements)
- Urgency of the project (why it is important to fund this project at this time)
- Expected length of the project, including starting and ending dates, and whether
additional grants will be requested in future years to complete the project
- Schedule or time-line for individual components of the project
- Total estimated budget for the project and other sources of funding, if applicable
The proposal must be:
- No longer than four double-spaced pages;
- Put on a single pdf file; and
- E-mailed to: Chair, Florida Bluebird Society Research Grant Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Have “Florida Bluebird Society grant proposal” on the Subject Line.
(Questions concerning the Florida Bluebird Society’s Research Grants should be directed to: Chair, Florida Bluebird Society Research Grant Committee at email@example.com.)
Individuals or organizations awarded a grant will receive a “Letter of Agreement” which must be signed and returned before any funds will be released. The Letter of Agreement will state the grantee’s obligations, including submission of a final report.