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 secretary@cboc.org.au


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 and donations to any organisation or individual.

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 (2021-2022)
  • No grants or donations yet made

Last financial year to date (2020-2021)
  • 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

Previous financial year (2019-2020)
  • BirdLife Australia's Woodland Birds program

  • BirdLife Australia's Fire and Drought Emergency project

Examples of donations in previous years
  • 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