International Biodiversity Day Event Funding

The International Day for Biological Diversity or International Biodiversity Day (IBD) occurs annually on May 22nd.  Each year BEAN promotes a day of local action and awareness to engage Ontarians in the conservation and improvement of biodiversity.

2016 IBD Event Funding

BEAN is pleased to announce that we are once again supporting International Biodiversity Day events across the province by providing funding of up to $500 to reimburse eligible event expenses for selected grant recipients.

In the past, BEAN has supported events such as invasive plant pulls, native plantings, educational workshops, as well as conferences, nature hikes and BioBlitz events.

BioBlitzs are biological inventories that encourage people to explore and catalogue the plants & wildlife found in a certain area.  Events can run for a full 24 hours, with volunteers (“citizen scientists”) led by experienced biologists or naturalists.

BioBlitz Resources

Is your organization considering a BioBlitz style event this year?  The following are several helpful resources:

Information for Grant Recipients

  • Successful applicants will be required to submit a brief report using our online form by June 30th, 2016
  • Please review the reporting guidelines before submitting your final report:
  • Grant recipients will receive payment from BEAN by July 31, 2016 provided their reporting forms are submitted on time
  • Volunteer Appreciation certificates are available on a first come, first served basis.  E-mail us at to let us know how many you’d like
  • Please consider recognizing our support by adding the BEAN logo to printed materials, or your event’s webpage, and/or adding a link to the BEAN website:

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