James L. Baillie Memorial Fund
About James Baillie
For nearly 50 years Jim Baillie worked as Assistant Curator in the Ornithology
Department of the Royal Ontario Museum. Although not formally educated in ornithology, his
knowledge of birds was unsurpassed. Jim Baillie had the ability to share his knowledge
with thousands of people, amateurs and professionals alike, through newspaper columns,
scientific publications and informal conversations with countless visitors to his museum
Baillie's enthusiasm and knowledge have inspired hundreds of naturalists to
pursue bird study and conservation.
Select this link to read Dr. H.J.M.
Barnett's personal account Reflections on J.L. Baillie. Both the James L. Baillie Memorial Fund and the
have been named to honour this great Canadian naturalist, conservationist and educator.
About the Baillie Memorial Fund
The James L. Baillie Memorial Fund for Bird Research and
Preservation was established by Bird Studies Canada in 1976. It
is funded by the annual Baillie Birdathon and by private
Originally, the focus of the Baillie Fund was on amateur
ornithological research within Ontario. In 1983, the scope of
the granting program was expanded to include projects by
individuals and organizations that increase understanding,
appreciation and conservation of Canadian birds in their natural
environment. Additional information on the program goals and
objectives is available in the Baillie Fund Application
The Baillie Fund is directed by a group of independent
Trustees comprised of professional and amateur ornithologists
from across Canada. The Trustees come from all walks of life,
but share an enthusiasm for increasing the knowledge of Canada's
birds as well as addressing concerns for their well-being.
Three Decades of Baillie Fund Grants
Since 1978, the Baillie Fund has awarded over
$618,000 to 539 bird research and conservation projects across
Canada. In 2009, the Fund awarded almost $21,000 in grants, ranging
from $250 to $5000 each, to 15 projects across Canada (see
Baillie Fund Grant Programs
The Baillie Fund currently has three granting programs:
- Regular Grants Program;
- Small Grants Program; and
- Baillie Student Award for Field Research.
Applications for the Regular Grants and Small Grants Programs
are reviewed by the Baillie Fund Trustees. Applications for the
Baillie Student Research Award are reviewed by the Student
Awards Committee of the Society of Canadian Ornithologists (SCO).
The eligibility requirements, grant size, application
deadline, application form, and review process is different for
each grant program. Prospective applicants should read the
Baillie Fund Application Guidelines to decide which grant
program fits with your project. Key differences are summarized
in the following table.
||Student Research Award
||Individuals or organizations
|Size of Grants
||$1000 to $5000
||$250 to $1000
|Number of Grants
||Up to 8
||Up to 10
|Total Amount Available Annually
||Minimum of $15,000
||Up to $5000
|Matching Funds Required
||At least 1:1 Match
|Call for Proposals
Contact us: For more information contact the
Baillie Fund Secretary by e-mail
or phone 866-518-0212.