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NANPA Foundation - Photo Blinds Grant Program

In 1997, the NANPA Foundation began funding construction of photo blinds in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This partnership resulted in 40 blinds at 37 National Wildlife Refuges in 24 states. See list of existing blinds and blind photos below.

Today, the NANPA Foundation has expanded its funding efforts into a Photo Blind Grant. This grant of up to $1,500 is awarded to qualifying groups interested in building or making modifications to a photo blind at any refuge, wildlife reserve, state/city park or other natural area. To apply for funding, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Must be an organized group, i.e. Friends of the Refuge, Boy Scouts, camera club, bird watching group, land trust, etc. (The grant check must be issued to a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, not an individual.)
  2. Must have written permission from the entity(ies) who owns and manages the land on which the organization proposes to build the blind and approval of siting/location.
  3. The facility in question is suitable for nature photography of wildlife. No grants will be provided for captive or controlled animal photography or wildlife observation blinds.
  4. A wildlife photographer, preferably a professional or part-time professional, has sited the blind in consideration of the natural light at different times of day, facility operating hours, likely animal species to be present at different times of year and animal behavior and welfare.
  5. The organization must submit a simple set of plans and a bill of materials for the photo blind. You are welcome to use existing design plans that NANPA can make available to you.

As part of the grant process, the NANPA Foundation asks that:

  1. A set of progress pictures will be taken and forwarded to the NANPA Foundation showing the site before, during and after completion of the project.
  2. Photos taken FROM the blind are also required.
  3. The applicant is responsible for recruiting the labor force to build the blind.
  4. The blind will be maintained and repaired as required.
  5. The NANPA Foundation will be given appropriate credit on the photo blind signage using the following language: "This blind was constructed with funds from the NANPA Foundation."
  6. The blind or nearby information source such as a kiosk or trail sign will include a place of brochures provided by NANPA and the NANPA Foundation.

To apply, simply download and complete the application. Then mail it with the accompanying materials (see application for details) to:

Susan Day, Executive Director
NANPA Foundation
6382 Charleston Road
Alma, IL 62807

The grants are available year-round. You will be notified with the results of the review process within one month of the date we receive your application.

Note: "Pending" and "Proposed" lists change frequently. Check back for updates.

Completed Photo Blinds:

  1. Agassiz, MN (Aug. 2005)
  2. Balcones Canyonlands, Marble Falls, TX (Dec. 2007)
  3. Bear River, UT (2 blinds) (May. 1999)
  4. Black Bayou Lake NWR, Monroe, LA (Dec. 2004)
  5. Blackwater, MD (Dec. 2000)
  6. Buenos Aires, AZ (Nov. 2000)
  7. Cameron Prairie, LA (Sep. 2000)
  8. Cibola NWR, Cibola, AZ (Feb. 2005)
  9. DeSoto NWR, Desoto, IA (Jan. 2001)
  10. Edwards Waterfowl Production Area, Morris, MN (Nov. 2003)
  11. Ft. Niobrara-Valentine NWR, Valentine, NE (2 blinds) (Aug. 2003)
  12. Humboldt Bay NWR, Loleta, CA (Jan. 2005)
  13. Huron, SD (Sep. 2006)
  14. John Heinz, Philadelphia, PA (Apr. 2005)
  15. Minnesota Valley, MN (Dec. 2000)
  16. Modoc NWR, Altrus, CA (Sep. 2005)
  17. Montezuma NWR, Seneca Falls, NY (Sep. 2006)
  18. Moosehorn, ME (Oct. 2000)
  19. Morris Wetland Management District, Morris, MN (Jan. 2004)
  20. Oxbow, MA (Aug. 2006)
  21. Prime Hook, DE (Jan. 2001)
  22. Quivira, KS (Dec. 2000)
  23. Rocky Mountain Arsenal, CO (Mar. 2006)
  24. Ruby Lake, NV (Apr. 2000)
  25. Sacremento, CA (May. 2006)
  26. Seney, MI (Oct. 2000)
  27. Shiawassee, MI (Oct. 2000)
  28. Sonny Bono Salton Sea, CA (2 blinds) (May. 2000)
  29. St. Catherine Creek NWR, Sibley, MS (May. 2003)
  30. St. Marks, FL (Mar. 2005)
  31. Stillwater NWR, Fallon, NV (Oct. 2005)
  32. Tetlin NWR, Tok, AK (Sep. 2006)
  33. Tishomingo NWR, Tishomingo, OK (Mar. 2005)
  34. Turnbull, WA (Jul. 2005)
  35. Willapa National Wildlife Refuge, Ilwaco, WA (Aug. 2003)
  36. William Finley, Corvallis, OR (Jun. 2007)

NANPA Needs Photos... of your completed blinds! Please send photos of your blinds project when completed to Photos will be used on the website and printed material to promote further blinds projects.

Some examples of completed blinds:

Blackwater NWR

Black Water NWR - approach view

Sacramento NWR Complex (Colusa)

Colusa NWR - exterior view

Tetlin NWR

Tetlin NWR - Interior view

Black Bayou Lake NWR

Black Bayou Lake NWR - Interior view

Cameron Prairie NWR

Before: After:
Cameron Prairie Photo Blind, Before
Cameron Prairie Photo Blind, After

Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge

Bear River Photo Blind

Sonny Bono Salton Sea NWR

Sonny Bono Salton Sea NWR

Seney NWR

Approach to blind: View from inside:
Seney NWR Blind, Approach Trail
Seney NWR Blind, View From Inside

Humboldt Bay Wildlife Refuge

Humboldt Bay Photo Blind

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