Awards for Special Projects

At the discretion of INPAWS Council and the membership, larger awards beyond the scope of our Small Grants Program may be made from time to time. For example:

  • A $5,000 grant toward the production of a video based on Marion Jackson’s Natural Heritage of Indiana, used to educate the public, especially school children.
  • Grants of $1,000 or more to help Central Indiana Land Trust, NICHES Land Trust, and Whitewater Valley Land Trust purchase and protect natural areas.
  • Grants to Brown County Public Library enabling it to save its wooded ravine from the clutch of invasive species.
  • Support of research exploring the biocontrol of invasive garlic mustard.

Requests for funds for special projects should be made in writing to with a clear statement of how the award would further the mission of INPAWS and benefit our membership. A presentation to the Council is advised. (Council meetings are held quarterly.)

If a funding request is for the purchase of lands to preserve important natural areas, a written response to INPAWS’ Land Grant Evaluation Criteria is required. These are listed below. 

Grant Criteria for Land Purchases

Usually large grant requests are to help organizations purchase land for conservation. It is customary for those seeking funds to make a presentation to the INPAWS Council, after which the Council takes an up or down vote.

Applicants are asked to respond in writing to the following questions in advance of their presentation. Points will be assigned to each criterion, enabling a systematic evaluation. Your feedback is welcome.

Land Grant Evaluation Criteria

  • Map of tract and surrounding land provided?
  • Total acres
  • Acres of natural land and acres of disturbed land (crop land, fields, concrete, etc.)
  • Plant communities present, especially rare communities
  • Rare plant species present
  • Invasive species present, and to what extent (common or occasional)
  • Surrounding land use and connectivity to other natural areas
  • Who will manage the site, and how will it be managed to assure its native biodiversity will be protected?
  • Is there ongoing funding for stewardship of this area?
  • Will the funds provided be leveraged, and if so, how?
  • Are there plans for an educational use of the land?