The American Eagle Fund & Bald Eagle Grant Program
The purpose of the AEF grant program is to further assist in the recovery of the Bald Eagle by partnering with and financially supporting recovery efforts—not just in Tennessee, but around the country.
The AEF has awarded grants totaling in excess of $300,000 to work that conserves and protects eagles. We appreciate the important work of these grantees, and are honored to be able to contribute to the continued success of the Bald Eagle.
The American Eagle Foundation obtained funding for this grant program in 2004, when both the U.S. Senate and House UNANIMOUSLY passed the ‘Bald Eagle Commemorative Coin Act.’ Congress authorized the U.S. Mint to mint $5 gold, $1 silver and $0.50 clad commemorative coins, which they sold to the public in 2008.
The American Eagle Foundation continues to make those coins available to the public through its web site. These Coins celebrated the 35th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as well as the Bald Eagle’s successful recovery in the U.S.A. The Act authorized surcharges collected from the sale of collectible Bald Eagle Commemorative Coins to be paid to AEF of Tennessee “to further its works,” which includes grants for Bald Eagle Projects.
The U.S. Mint’s 2008 Eagle Coin sales yielded $7.8 million in surcharges. Seventy-five percent of the monies, $5.8 million, were earmarked in the American Eagle Fund, hereafter called the Fund. This Fund supports priority bald eagle projects within the USFWS Regions of the United States. Projects may be conducted by state, federal and private agencies or parties.
The Fund’s earnings are utilized to provide competitive annual grants. Grants support conservation, monitoring, educational, and research projects, based on a rating of most need and greatest benefit to Bald Eagles.
The AEF has a Bald Eagle Grant Advisory Team (BEGAT), consisting of eagle experts, representing federal, state and private agencies from all regions of the country. They advise AEF concerning: a) grant criteria, subject to annual refinements and b) rating of the relative merits of applications for AEF grants for bald eagle projects.
AEF accepts applications during July 1 – September 1 for 1-year grants, beginning at the start of the next calendar year. The total grant allocation for 2016 projects is estimated at $100,000, with individual grants varying from $5,000 to $20,000.
If you are interested in applying for AEF Bald Eagle Grants, contact grant coordinator Jody Millar at [email protected] to access required forms.
Last updated: December 1, 2015