COSA BCNA Grants — Request for Proposals; Application deadline: MONDAY, F EBRUARY 18, 2019

The Boulder County Nature Association (BCNA) is a private, non-profit membership organization committed to preserving the natural history of our region through research, documentation and public education. BCNA is pleased to offer research funding by giving small grants for projects consistent with our mission.

Grants are available in two categories:

1. The Ken Evenson Memorial Grant, up to $2,000, is available specifically for research on our native cats (mountain lion, lynx, and bobcat). One grant may be awarded annually.

General BCNA grants, up to $3,000, fund projects that will add to our understanding of the natural history of Boulder County or will augment the existing documentation of the county’s ecosystems. Exceptional proposals may be considered for funding at a slightly higher level. Past projects include a survey of butterfly species, a study of bat species and their ecological requirements, pika habitat and climate change, and a comparison of flora and fauna adjacent to trails that allow dogs and don’t allow dogs, among many others. Proposals are judged on their scientific rigor, prudent use of resources, and the potential benefit to natural resource conservation and management along the Front Range.

Proposals should include a detailed methodology, timeline, complete budget (including other funding sources if applicable), and be limited to five pages (not including a cover page). Note that no institutional overhead is allowed; individuals at institutions requiring overhead can apply as independent scholars. Successful applicants must sign a contract specifying that they will complete the project within the year, allow their written reports to be shared on the BCNA website, and agree if asked to make a brief presentation at BCNA’s annual meeting or other venue.

Applications should be submitted and received no later than MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2019 to Megan Bowes (bowesm@bouldercolorado. gov), chair of the Grants Committee.