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Established in 1972, the Arkansas Audubon Society Trust is an
independently functioning arm of the society. Its purpose is
environmental: to help conserve natural resources by supporting
scientific research and education.
Monies contributed to the AAS Trust are placed in an Endowment Fund. Twice each year, the five trustees consider requests for funding. Awards are granted to those deemed worthy, commensurate with the assets available in the Research and Education Fund (the interest earned off the Endowment). In recent years, most of the grants have been made to graduate students and professors from Arkansas' universities to help their studies of bird ecology and conservation. Many of the grants have led to publications in the scientific literature, and at least four former recipients now teach in the state's colleges and universities. Details on how to prepare and submit a research grant proposal can be obtained by downloading this document
Araoz Memorial Grant
A new memorial award in the name of Eulalia Aaroz has been established by Carlos Aaroz in the sum of $5,000 for research on Arkansas birds. For additional information and how to make an application download this document
A very valuable feature of the AAS Trust is that gifts are permanent. That is, once money is placed in the Endowment, only the interest from the contribution is used for grants. Therefore, the original gift is never depleted, but continues to give, over and over again, year after year. At present, for example, the AAS Trust has over $50,000 in assets and, yet, as much or more has been given away in grants while the principle remains intact to help fund future projects. However, should one chose to have their donation used immediately, contributions may be placed directly in the Research and Education Fund.
The problem is that the AAS Trust consistently receives more deserving grant applications than it is able to fund adequately, and therefore the Arkansas Audubon Society is hoping to significantly enlarge the endowment. Please think about helping.