National Wildlife Refuge System

Finding the Money

The prothonotary warbler can be seen on the boardwalk at Mingo Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, where Mingo Swamp Friends plan to use a new NEEF grant to launch a bookstore.
Credit Mark Musselman

Friends groups are writing winning grant applications and being rewarded for their efforts. 


Three Friends groups will receive $5,000 each in the first round of Every Day Capacity Building Grants from the National Environmental Education Foundation.


The deadline for the next cycle of Every Day Grants is April 30. The winter cycle deadline is October 30.


YardMap Mini-Grants
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has partnered with the National Wildlife Refuge System to implement YardMap on refuges and within their surrounding communities.  YardMap is a free, interactive, citizen science mapping project about habitat creation and low-impact land use.


YardMap enables people to map habitat management and carbon neutral practices and then try out new sustainable activities, such as growing native plants, installing solar panels or building bird feeders.


Seven Friends organizations have been awarded a YardMap training mini-grant, providing funds for two Friends from each organization to travel to the Cornell Lab in New York in May. They will learn how to implement YardMap at their refuges and build community partnerships to participate in the citizen science initiative.


Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, NM


Friends of the Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge, IN


Friends of Patuxent National Wildlife Refuge, MD


Friends of Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, DE


Friends of Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, NJ


Chincoteague Natural History Association, VA


Calf Island Conservancy, CT (Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge)



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Last updated: March 4, 2014