- Developing and maintaining a program that facilitates professional development of natural resources professionals,
- Promoting stewardship of wildlife and their habitats through the use of sound ecological information,
- Increasing awareness and appreciation of wildlife, and
- Developing an active and diverse membership and maintain an organization that provides excellence in member services.
Through its grant program, the Chapter has provided funding for a variety of projects including workshops, birding festivals and other educational events, publication of symposia proceedings, media production for educational purposes, professional development opportunities, and projects generating revenue for the Chapter. Chapter funds are not intended to support field research.
As of October 2016, grants will be awarded based on an RFP released in fall rather than throughout the year.
The completed application must be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 5:00pm (PST) November 30, 2018. Incomplete applications or applications received after the deadline will NOT be eligible for consideration.
Note: Applications from previous recipients of funding will not be considered if a report for the previous funding is overdue or was not received (see below).
Proposals are evaluated for their consistency with ORTWS mission and goals and impact on outreach and education related to wildlife; demonstration of a clear link to Oregon or the Pacific Northwest is preferred. Proposals will be reviewed by the ORTWS grants committee and proposals selected by that committee will be subject to approval by the ORTWS board. Proposals will be judged on the following criteria:
- Appropriate audience for the work (e.g., members of the public, students)
- Ability to successfully accomplish the project
- Appropriateness of budget
- Appropriate link to Oregon or the Pacific Northwest (preferred but not required)
Examples of Previously Funded Projects
- Funding for student chapters for educational trips related to wildlife management and conservation
- Support for a research conference organized by graduate students
- Support for special symposia or other activities related to the TWS national meeting
- Outreach workshops and activities to schoolchildren
Proposals should be no more than two typed, single-spaced pages, 11-point font minimum, and should contain the following sections.
- Applicant’s Name, Address, Phone Number, E-mail Address, Affiliation
- Scope and Objectives – Provide a description of project background and objectives. Specifically explain how the project relates to the Chapter’s mission and goals.
- Project Implementation – Provide a brief summary of how project objectives will be accomplished.
- Expected Outcomes – Provide a description of anticipated products or outcomes of the project.
- Budget and Timelines – Provide an itemized budget, showing cost-sharing (if applicable), and time schedule for the project. Funds may not be used for purchasing equipment or for paying salaries. Requests for mileage and per diem will not exceed Federal Government rates at the time of application.
Disbursement of Funds – The recipient will receive a check for the requested amount when they are notified of project approval.
Applicants will be notified of funding decisions shortly before the next annual meeting (February 2018). Funds must be deposited within two months of receipt. All funded projects must be completed by the end of the calendar year in which the funding is granted.
A final brief written report (with photos) must be submitted to email@example.com no more than 30 days after completion of the project. The report should specify when, where, how, and by whom funds were used, with a clear description of the outcomes of the event (numbers of people involved, etc.). High quality versions of photographs must be available on request by ORTWS for publishing on ORTWS website or social media.