The North American Bluebird Society is enthusiastically searching for and
considering worthy grant proposals relating to the study of bluebirds and
other native cavity nesting species in North America. All interested
individuals are encouraged to write to us at the email address indicated
Instructions for NABS Research
Thank you for your interest in the
North American Bluebird Society (NABS) research grant program. To be
considered for funding, please prepare a proposal packet that includes all
of the items listed below.
Grant proposal (required content):
Name, contact information (phone,
email, mailing address), and affiliation of applicant
Project Motivation (e.g., what
question(s) will this research project answer, what theory is being
tested, or what are the expected results?)
Anticipated benefit as it relates
to the mission of NABS (please be specific)
Cavity nesting species of
Any permits required
Detailed budget, including other
funding sources and the amount requested from NABS.
Letters of support (2 for students, 1
letter of recommendation for other applicants)
Curriculum vita of the investigators
Background information: The North American Bluebird
Society Grants are funded by an endowment named for our founder, Dr.
Lawrence Zeleny. The Zeleny Fund was established to award educational,
conservation or scientific grants or other grants which further the purpose
and mission of the society: to promote the prosperity of bluebirds and other
native cavity nesting species and engage in such pursuits as may be
beneficial to the prosperity and well being of the three species of
bluebirds and other native cavity-nesting bird species in North America.
NABS contributes a portion of Life Memberships directly into the endowment
and encourages further donations earmarked to the
Zeleny Fund in
order to help finance worthy research.
The proposal must be submitted by
November 1 via email to
All items must be combined into a
single pdf document. (Free conversion software is available online
If you do not have access to software to create a pdf, a single Word
document is acceptable. In either case, your last name should appear at
the top right corner of each page, and each page should be numbered at
the bottom center.
Please restrict the file to a maximum
of ten pages.
Projects to create or maintain small
or individual bluebird nest box trails are not eligible for NABS grants
unless they are being established for research purposes, or unless they
are part of larger scale, longer term bluebird conservation effort
(e.g., establishment of bluebird trails on golf courses or public parks)
and if assurances can be provided that the project will continue to
receive support and active supervision for multiple years after its
completion. Such supervision would include assuring that proper nest box
trail management and the maintenance trial productivity records.
Likewise assurances must be given that all trails and boxes will be
taken down if the project is terminated for any reason.
Grant recipients are expected to
submit a report summarizing project results within 3 months of the
Policy: The North American Bluebird Society accepts and reviews grants once
a year. The deadline for submitting grants is November 1. The review process
is usually completed by February 1. Priority is given to research regarding
bluebirds but grants involving all native cavity nesting birds will
certainly be considered on their merits. Since 2007, NABS grants have been
awarded for research pertaining to Eastern, Western and Mountain Bluebirds,
Prothonotary Warblers, Barn Owls, American Kestrels, Purple Martins,
Red-headed woodpeckers, as well as other species. The NABS grants have
ranged from $500 to $5,000 and the average has been approximately $1,800. We
are currently further refining our policy to limit the percentage that any
entity takes for “overhead” to 2 percent.
Grant applications: Please email questions and grant applications to
Grants Committee, Chair, North American Bluebird Society. To assist
applicants who may be applying to multiple funding sources, NABS does not
have a formal application form.