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Anza-Borrego Foundation administers grants that encourage research in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and the Colorado Desert. Below you can find information on grant opportunities and past recipients. For further information on these grants, contact Briana Puzzo(link sends e-mail) or call 760-767-0446, x1004. 

Howie Wier Memorial Conservation Grant
Begole Archaeological Research Grant
The Paul Jorgensen Bird Research Grant
ABDSP Paleontology Society Educational Support Program


Howie Wier Memorial Conservation Grant
Grants of up to $2,500 are awarded annually to assist graduate students conducting field studies in ecology, systematics, evolutionary biology and conservation biology in the Colorado Desert and Peninsular Range region of Southern California. Allowable costs include travel, supplies, equipment and other expenses associated with field work.

Proposals will be evaluated for scholarly merit, project design and feasibility, and contribution to the future of conservation in the region. Researchers must obtain all necessary permits for conducting their research.

The deadline for the 2019 grant cycle is December 3, 2018. Award will be made by January 14, 2019.

Wier Grant Application

Harold A. “Howie” Wier (1952-2001) was a native San Diegan and a lifelong naturalist. He worked as a biological consultant and conservation biologist throughout Southern California. He was active in the California Native Plant Society, a past President of San Diego Audubon and a long-time member of the Anza-Borrego Foundation. This grant program was established by Anza-Borrego Foundation with the help of Howie’s family, friends and colleagues as a fitting tribute to Howie’s passion.

2018 Award Recipient: Allan Cabrero
2017 Award Recipients: Sam Fellows and Alexandra Sumarli 2016 Award Recipient: Brendan Boyer  2015 Award Recipients - Sarah O'Neill and Daniel Winkler

Begole Archaeological Research Grant

The Begole Archaeological Research Grant (BARG) program is designed to support scientific archaeological research in Colorado Desert District (CDD) parks and in other areas of the California and Baja California Desert regions that may have direct connections with or scientific applications to CDD parks. Two grants are available annually. Funds requested can be up to $5,000 for each research project.

The deadline for proposal submissions is June 17, 2019. Submit complete applications by email to info@theabf.org(link sends e-mail). All applicants will be notified by August 1, 2019. Please direct questions on the grant and application process to Interim Assistant Executive Director Briana Puzzo at briana@theabf.org(link sends e-mail) or 760-767-0446 x1004.

There are no restrictions on the topics of the research proposals, as long as they are archaeological in scope and/or focus. Priority may be given to original research dealing with the earliest periods of prehistory. Applicants may be registered undergraduate or graduate students, faculty and/or titled researchers at academic institutions, staff of federal, state or county agencies, employed in the private cultural resource management sector or independent scholars. The BARG is funded through an endowment created by pioneering Anza-Borrego Desert State Park archaeologist Robert S. Begole.

2019 Applicant Guidelines

2019 Begole Grant Application

Begole Grant Area Map

2016 Award Recipients - Melanie Saldana, Susan Hector and Mark Basgall


The Paul Jorgensen Bird Research Grant

The deadline for the 2019 grant cycle has been extended to March 4, 2019. Award will be made by March 31, 2019.
Grants of up to $2,000 will be awarded annually to assist graduate students, post-graduate researchers or professionals conducting ornithology field studies within the Colorado Desert and Peninsular Ranges of southern California. Allowable costs include anything associated with field work related to bird research. Research within the Colorado Desert and/or state parks of the region may receive special consideration in the award process.

Proposals will be evaluated for scholarly merit, project design, and potential contributions to the future of bird and habitat conservation in the region. Student researchers must obtain all necessary permits prior to conducting their field research.

2019 Jorgensen Grant Application

Paul D. Jorgensen (1946-2012) was born in San Diego and spent his life enjoying the diverse ecosystems of the region. He surfed the coast, studied wildlife on the Channel Islands, managed the Tijuana National Estuarine Sanctuary and worked as a State Park Resource Ecologist in the Colorado Desert District of California State Parks. Paul was passionate about bird research and restoring local ecosystems. He studied the light footed clapper rail for his Master’s Degree in Ecology, made many discoveries of bird species in the region, managed nesting surveys for the endangered least Bell’s vireo, coordinated the San Diego County Bird Atlas for the east county, conducted post-burn studies in Cuyamaca Rancho after wildfires and led many birding tours throughout the region. Paul was always grateful for a grant he received while in college to carry out his field work on the clapper rail. This grant is given in his memory as a fitting way to carry on his passion and legacy.

2016 Awardee - David Zonana and Katherine Johnson

2015 Award Recipient - Katherine Johnson

ABDSP Paleontology Society Educational Support Program

The Paleontology Society Educational Support Program provides grant support to its members, State Park staff, scientists and scholars pursuing educational or research activities relevant to paleontology in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and its surrounding region. Applications for grants have no deadline.

Application for Grant Support

Application for Small Grant Support (less than $250)