Small Grants

PBR funds individuals with grants up to $1500 (prior to 2018, our limit was $1000) in our competitive annual Small Grants Program. We support the study of any species in U.S. prairies and savannas. Over 16 years PBR has funded 275 grants totaling $264,236 to researchers in 37 states. More than half of these grants supported graduate students. What makes this activity so urgent is that these habitats and the species that live there are vanishing. We are gathering information that may slow this terrible erosion of our natural heritage, while fostering the development of these researchers, thereby sustaining our cultural heritage. We can be only as successful in this effort as we are in raising the money that we give away.

Distribution of Grants - 16 Years - 275 Grants - $264,236

BY RESEARCH SUBJECT

SUBJECT
GRANTS
DOLLARS
 
 
 
 
Insects
120
$115,210
115210
Vascular Plants
32
$31,402
31402
Mammals
25
$23,298
23298
Reptiles
21
$20,497
20497
Soil Ecology
11
$10,940
10940
Amphibians
10
$9,600
9600
Birds
10
$9,535
9535
Spiders
9
$8,169
8169
Reptiles & Amphibians
7
$6,982
6982
Plant & Fungus
4
$3,970
3970
Algae
2
$2,000
2000
Birds & Mammals
2
$2,000
2000
Fishes
2
$1,970
1970
Insects & Rhizobia
2
$2,000
2000
Insects & Spiders
2
$1,748
1748
Lichens
2
$2,000
2000
Snails
2
$1,750
1750
Ants & Mites
1
$1,000
1000
Aquatic Macroinvertebrates
1
$1,000
1000
Branchiopods
1
$1,000
1000
Bryophytes & Lichens
1
$1,000
1000
Cryptogams
1
$950
950
Cyanobacteria
1
$1,000
1000
Earthworms
1
$960
960
Ecology
1
$1,000
1000
Human Dimensions
1
$1,000
1000
Leeches
1
$830
830
Mites
1
$925
925
Slime Molds
1
$500
500
 
 
Total:
275
$264,236
 
 

BY STATE - UNRESTRICTED

STATE
GRANTS
DOLLARS
 
 
 
 
IL
29
$27,907
27907
KS
21
$20,092
20092
CO
17
$14,831
14831
MO
13
$12,635
12635
NE
11
$11,000
11000
OH
8
$8,000
8000
TX
8
$7,856
7856
IN
8
$7,860
7860
IA
8
$7,125
7125
MT
5
$4,900
4900
MN
5
$4,962
4962
WY
5
$5,000
5000
WA
4
$4,000
4000
FL
4
$4,000
4000
CA
4
$3,860
3860
AR
3
$2,500
2500
LA
3
$2,700
2700
MI
3
$3,000
3000
ND
3
$2,330
2330
NM
3
$2,878
2878
OK
3
$2,700
2700
OR
3
$2,950
2950
SD
3
$2,748
2748
WI
3
$2,970
2970
NJ
2
$2,000
2000
NC
2
$2,000
2000
MS
2
$2,000
2000
AL
1
$1,000
1000
MA
1
$1,000
1000
AZ
1
$1,000
1000
CA/SC
1
$860
860
GA/MS
1
$450
450
ID
1
$1,000
1000
NV
1
$1,000
1000
NY
1
$900
900
UT
1
$1,000
1000
VA
1
$840
840
VA/AL
1
$1,000
1000
 
 
Total:
194
$184,854
 
 

BY STATE - RESTRICTED

STATE
GRANTS
DOLLARS
 
 
 
 
IA
32
$31,435
31435
WI
27
$26,295
26295
IL
7
$6,652
6652
MI
5
$5,000
5000
SD
4
$4,000
4000
MN
3
$3,000
3000
ND
2
$2,000
2000
MO
1
$1,000
1000
 
 
Total:
81
$79,382
 
 

Process and Values

We support basic field biological research on all taxa in U.S. prairies and savannas, but we are especially eager to support research on taxa for which funding is scarce, such as insects, fungi, reptiles, spiders, etc. We don't fund many bird projects, in part because there are generally more funds available for the study of birds.

How Can I Help?

Prairie Biotic Research, Inc. has benefitted from generous gifts of various foundations, and both non-profit and for-profit businesses. These are augmented by gifts from individuals concerned with our prairies. Indeed, we can only offer small grants with continued financial support. Please consider joining these enterprises as a donor to Prairie Biotic Research.