In order to preserve birds and ecosystems for future generations, we must be willing to work toward a better future. That is why Louisville Audubon provides grants for organizations working to conserve our local environment. We encourage groups to apply that are interested in birding and environmental conservation, restoration and education.
To apply for a grant from the Louisville Audubon Society, download the grant application form below.
CLICK HERE FOR THE LAS Grant Application Form 2023
Grant Deadline: April 15, 2023
EXAMPLES: 2021 Grant Awards Summary
LAS received eight grant proposals in 2021, and $5,500 in grant funds were dispersed to very worthy organizations for meaningful projects.
Henry County 4-H Council
Project Title: Wildlife Blind and Feeding Stations at Henry County Recreation and Services Park
“As a culmination of their yearlong monthly meetings, the Henry County 4-H Natural Resources Club plans to install a permanent wildlife blind consisting of three 5-foot sections with several bird feeding stations at the local Henry County Recreation and Services Park, New Castle, Kentucky. The feeding stations will be permanently mounted to prevent any theft. In addition, several educational signs will be placed nearby. The goal is to finish in July 2021. …”
Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District
Project Title: School Pollinator and Native Species Life Cycle Gardens Program
“There is a need in Jefferson County to reconsider how we are using school garden spaces for conservation education. …
We have designed a program that will address the communication barrier and the survivability of the gardens by creating Pollinator and Native Species Life Cycle Gardens. The goal is to reinvent the concept of the school garden as a means to educate the public on native habitat preservation and creation. The entire program launches Spring of 2021 and continues through Spring of 2022. …”
Kentucky Natural Lands Trust, Inc.
Project title: Pine Mountain Wildlands Corridor Project (PMWC).
“Kentucky Natural Lands Trust (KNLT) is working to protect, connect and restore wildlands in ways that benefit local, regional and global communities. Our primary focus remains on the Pine Mountain Wildlands Corridor (PMWC) in Eastern Kentucky. In our 25-year history we have protected more than 50,000 acres through the power of partnership. This year KNLT is working on acquiring several additional tracts along the corridor totaling 1,500+ acres. Purchasing and protecting these lands will safeguard against development, now and long into the future. The approximate cost of acquiring 1,500 acres along the PMWC is upwards of $1,875,000. …”
Office of Kentucky Nature Preserves (OKNP)
Project title: Bird Habitat Interpretive Signage on State Nature Preserves
“OKNP is in the process of updating and creating new interpretive signage to be installed across the state nature preserves that are accessible to the public. As part of this larger project, we would like to produce five interpretive signs that describe how the landscape and plant communities within specific nature preserves provide habitat and food for birds and other wildlife. Four full-color interpretive signs that are approximately 2’x3’ will be designed, printed, and installed in carefully selected locations along trails at our preserves. These will be installed on four different preserves ...”
Oldham County Conservation District
Project title: Monarch Butterfly Life Cycle Project
“The goal of the program is to educate and draw attention to all aspects of this unique insect while also teaching the lifecycle of the Monarch butterfly. Each classroom receives a monarch kit, which includes a larva (caterpillar), ontainer, a supply of milkweed and resources for use while teaching the unit. Teachers who participate year-to-year have collected a library of sorts on the monarch butterfly. They use these resources year after year while teaching the unit of study. A log by teacher and school is kept so resources are not duplicated. This program now involves over 120 public and private school classrooms participating annually (grades K – 5) along with scouting troops and other groups. That equates to an average of 2,760 students participating annually.”
Project title: Postcards Against Pollution
“Postcards Against Pollution is a learning opportunity for middle school-aged students that facilitates active engagement in local decision making about the environment. For this project, artists Tatiana Ryckman and Claire Krueger will create a kit for a onehour class to teach students about local environmental issues and engage them in activist and conservation efforts. This kit will include postcards and stickers designed by Rosy Interiors. These images will be inspired by nature found in Kentucky, including the bird species Audubon observed during his time here, geology, and plant life. Each card will show a line drawing of a Kentucky landscape that students can color and decorate with Kentuckynative animal and plant stickers …”
Project title: Pollinator Field
“This project will likely be in two phases. We need to prepare the 5 acres for seed dispersal. Currently, there is grass on part of the land and part gravel with pieces of stray plastic liner, which we have started removing. We have reached out to a local firehouse and asked if they can help us do a controlled burn. Once the ground is ready, we will plant native wildflowers and a lot of milkweed. This will serve as both an important aesthetic part of our property, reduce our energy consumption by not having to maintain the grass, and for obviously pollinator benefits. We have a few bluebirds around this area already and we plan on putting up bluebird boxes as well.”
Waterfront Botanical Gardens
Project title: Healthy Feed and Installation of Shelter for Nesting
“The Waterfront Botanical Gardens (WBG) is requesting funding for a supply of high-quality bird seed for use in bird feeders and other areas at our main botanical garden site in Louisville and at our satellite location, the Avish. Our request also includes funding for the installation of birdhouses in the southeast corner of the WBG property. We will install the birdhouses in the tall trees along I-71 as well as on the 8-foot boundary fence to the east along the Butchertown Greenway. Our goal is to install at least one screech owl/wood duck nesting box, at least two wren boxes, and two nesting perch boxes for use by robins or tree swallows. Two small winter roost boxes will also be installed by late summer.”