Three refuge Friends organizations received Every Day Capacity Building Grants of $5,000 from the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF). St. Marks Refuge Association, FL, will purchase a computer and donor management software to grow membership and strengthen its financial base. Friends of Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge, MN, will work with a consultant to develop a funding strategy to make annual giving a part of the organizational culture. Friends of Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge, MO, will use grant funds for its “iNature iNdulgence” project: posting digital QR codes on the auto tour loop and hiking trails to promote the Friends, projects that need funding, the Nature Shop, upcoming events and educational information.


Two other Friends organizations—Friends of Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery, ME; and Friends of Coleman National Fish Hatchery, CA,—also received Every Day grants. A second round of recipients will be announced later this year.


The Every Day Capacity Building Grants, co–sponsored by Toyota USA, provide funding for board development, staff training, fundraising support, strategic planning and technology improvements, among other things. For more information about the grants, go to the www.neefusa.org or contact Joanna_Webb@fws.gov (703–358–2392).


Nine Friends organizations received a total of $50,000 in mini–grants from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Projects include starting book stores, designing Web sites, recruiting volunteers and members, distributing wildflower seed packages with the refuge and Friends logo, and strategic planning. A list of specific projects is available at www.fws.gov/refuges/friends/grants.html. Information about future NFWF grants is available at nfwf.org under “Grant Programs” or contact Teal.Edelen@nfwf.org (202–857–0166).


More information on grants is included in the special fundraising issue of Friends Forward now available online at http://fws.gov/refuges/friends/publications.html.