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The CBOC Memorial Fund was established in 1985, in memory of foundation member Robin Bigg who tragically died in a road accident while on a birdwatching holiday overseas.  A number of CBOC members made subsequent donations to the fund.

The objective of the fund is to further the study of, interest in, and enjoyment of birds, by utilising the interest on monies earned to provide financial assistance and support to research, conservation or education projects, at the discretion of the CBOC Committee.

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To make a submission, download the Memorial Fund Application Form and email it to


We have recently introduced a regular twice-yearly cycle whereby applicants will be 

able to make submissions for a grant from the Memorial Fund.  The CBOC Committee will also retain its discretion to make out-of-cycle grants to time-critical projects.

Autumn round: Grant applications open on 1 February and close on 20 April.  These will be assessed in May, with funding provided by the end of May.

Spring round: Grant applications open on 1 June and close on 20 August.  These will be assessed in September, with funding provided by the end of September.


Current financial year to date (2023-2024)
  • Sponsoring the Burrowa Burundhang Bird Trail project which will create a bird trail for the Hilltops region and will promote community engagement with birds, improve the communities understanding of the regions endemic birds and raise bird conservation awareness.

  • Providing money for the investigation of the year-round ecology of Grey Noddies on Phillip Island, Norfolk Island, filling in the substantial gaps in the knowledge of this poorly known seabird.

Last financial year to date (2022-2023)
  • Assistance for genetic research into Northern and Southern Giant-Petrels.  This will help in understanding how both species and future hybrids of them should be treated in a taxonomic and conservation context.

  • Assitance for research into secondary poisoning of raptors from the use of rodenticides.

Previous financial year to date (2021-2022)
  • A project that is helping to protect Forty-spotted Pardalotes from parasitic flies

  • A project that is improving the fitness of Regent Honeyeaters for release to the wild

  • Assistance with monitoring of seabird populations off the NSW coast

  • To support AWC's work with feral cat control

Examples of donations in previous years
  • Cumberland Land Conservancy for water distribution bowls

  • A project on the Tasmanian Native Hen

  • A project on Glossy Black Cockatoo habitat monitoring

  • A review of traditional surveying techniques of raptors

  • BirdLife Australia's Woodland Birds program

  • BirdLife Australia's Fire and Drought Emergency project

  • Higher Ground Raptor Centre

  • Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) - various projects

  • Mapping of breeding success of threatened raptors in NSW

  • Association of Avian Veterinarians Australasian Committee for research into Beak & Feather Virus Disease

  • Rainforest Trust Australia

  • Bitterns in Rice project

  • Bird Hide at Pitt Town Lagoon

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