The Mumford & Keller Grant and Scholarship Program, established by Indiana Audubon in 2010, provides financial support to individuals and organizations for activities and studies related to natural resources, especially those concerning Indiana’s birdlife. The program promotes the mission of Indiana Audubon and funds scholarships for natural resource studies. It is funded annually by the Indiana Audubon budget and the proceeds from the silent auction and raffle at the Indiana Dunes Birding Festival and other events.

The application window is June 1 to August 15th each year. Apply online using the form link below. Grants winners are announced by October 1.

  • Individuals who are students, scientists, individuals, or non-profit organizations, that are promoting a project that supports the study, conservation, or education of natural resources, particularly those related to Indiana’s avifauna, and their relation to the natural environment; projects which contribute to preservation of birds; and/or projects which disseminate knowledge of birds. Priority is given to Indiana and Great Lakes projects.
  • Individuals interested in avifauna and wish to attend courses, workshops, training programs, conventions, summer camps or other bird related activities (both IAS sponsored and non-IAS sponsored). This category of awards is of particular interest for the Indiana Audubon’s Indiana Young Birders Network participants.
  • Indiana Bird Towns interested in promoting, enhancing, or conserving public space for the benefit of birds.
  • Individuals wishing to attend workshops, classes, training programs, conventions, and other bird related activities (both IAS sponsored and non-IAS sponsored).

Indiana Audubon prioritizes projects that aid in conservation, research, or education efforts for 20 priority species with the highest percentage of worldwide population nesting in Indiana, as identified by eBird status and trend datasets. View the list of species here. Additionally, funding is prioritized for wintering locations that share unique species connections with Indiana. View the species connection map here.

Additional funding from the Mumford & Keller Program supports international projects in the regions we visit. Our birding trips emphasize conservation efforts with financial backing.


Indiana Audubon awarded over $10,000 in funds through this program to the following recipients:

  • Alas Para el Futuro Colombia Young Birders
  • Dunes-Calumet Audubon Society
  • Falls of Ohio Foundation
  • Friends of Clifty Falls State Park
  • Humane Indiana Wildlife
  • Indiana Division of Fish and Wildlife
  • Purdue Department of Forestry and Natural Resources
  • Richmond Parks and Recreation

Russell Mumford and Charles Keller were instrumental members of Indiana Audubon. Their pivotal work began with a goal of updating Amos Butler’s pioneering work from the 1890s. Their major publishing work, The Birds of Indiana, drew upon decades of field work and data collection. Their legacy lives on through the Mumford & Keller Grants and Scholarship Program, ensuring their passion for bird conservation echoes through generations.

To donate to the Mumford & Keller Grants and Scholarship Fund, visit our donation link here, and select “Mumford & Keller Grant Fund” from the dropdown designation.

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