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 17 years PBR has funded 302 grants totaling $309,253 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 - 17 Years - 307 Grants - $309,253

BY RESEARCH SUBJECT

SUBJECT
GRANTS
DOLLARS
 
 
 
 
Insects
132
$133,185
133185
Vascular Plants
39
$41,095
41095
Mammals
28
$26,682
26682
Reptiles
25
$25,747
25747
Soil Ecology
12
$12,440
12440
Amphibians
11
$11,040
11040
Birds
10
$9,535
9535
Spiders
10
$8,917
8917
Reptiles & Amphibians
9
$9,257
9257
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
Lichens
2
$2,500
2500
Snails
2
$1,750
1750
Ants & Mites
1
$1,000
1000
Aquatic Macroinvertebrates
1
$1,000
1000
Birds & Butterflies
1
$1,500
1500
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
Insects & Spiders
1
$1,000
1000
Leeches
1
$830
830
Mites
1
$925
925
Pollen
1
$1,500
1500
Slime Molds
1
$500
500
 
 
Total:
307
$309,253
 
 

BY STATE - UNRESTRICTED

STATE
GRANTS
DOLLARS
 
 
 
 
IL
34
$34,657
34657
KS
24
$24,167
24167
CO
17
$14,831
14831
MO
13
$12,635
12635
TX
12
$13,531
13531
NE
11
$11,000
11000
OH
8
$8,000
8000
IN
8
$7,860
7860
IA
8
$7,125
7125
MN
8
$9,462
9462
WY
6
$6,440
6440
MT
6
$6,400
6400
FL
5
$5,500
5500
CA
5
$5,360
5360
OK
4
$4,120
4120
OR
4
$4,450
4450
SD
4
$4,248
4248
WA
4
$4,000
4000
WI
4
$4,220
4220
NM
3
$2,878
2878
NC
3
$3,500
3500
ND
3
$2,330
2330
AR
3
$2,500
2500
LA
3
$2,700
2700
MI
3
$3,000
3000
MS
2
$2,000
2000
ID
2
$2,500
2500
NJ
2
$2,000
2000
NV
1
$1,000
1000
NY
1
$900
900
UT
1
$1,000
1000
VA
1
$840
840
VA/AL
1
$1,000
1000
GA/MS
1
$450
450
AZ
1
$1,000
1000
CA/SC
1
$860
860
AL
1
$1,000
1000
MA
1
$1,000
1000
 
 
Total:
219
$220,464
 
 

BY STATE - RESTRICTED

STATE
GRANTS
DOLLARS
 
 
 
 
IA
34
$34,435
34435
WI
32
$32,702
32702
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:
88
$88,789
 
 

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.