Saskatchewan Breeding Bird Atlas Travel Support
To help offset costs incurred during travel by volunteers of the SK Breeding Bird Atlas, Bird Studies Canada provides two options to participants: Tax Receipts and Remote Travel Grants.
**NEW for 2020**
There are now three payment options for processing the ‘cheque’ exchange:
- Electronic money transfer
- Credit card payment
Birds Canada oversees numerous volunteer bird monitoring programs both nationally and internationally. As a charitable organization, Birds Canada can offer tax receipts for donations. Using a “cheque exchange” process, we are happy to extend this benefit to project related expenses that volunteers incur due to their direct involvement in bird monitoring. Based on Canada Revenue Agency regulations these expenses must not provide participants any advantage outside the support of survey activities.
Volunteer participants should record their mileage and keep receipts for other expenses (e.g. food, accommodation, batteries, etc). Receipts must be detailed enough to identify taxes and expense type (e.g. food, beverages or other costs). If you are not sure whether you can include a certain item, please contact your project coordinator first. Please note that:
- Alcohol expenses will not be reimbursed.
- Non-itemized restaurant receipts will not be approved.
- Gas purchases and other related automobile expenses are included as part of the mileage calculation, do not include receipts for these expenses.
- Survey costs should not be split between applicants.
After your survey, fill in this form and return it to Birds Canada keeping in mind that you will need to provide a cheque, email money transfer (EMT), OR credit card payment equivalent to your total expenses and any additional donations. Once we process your application, we will then send you a cheque for the total amount of your documented expenses and later you will receive a charitable receipt for tax purposes.
Due date: 1 December each calendar year. All applications received after this date will be processed for the following calendar year.
Remote Travel Grants
Remote Travel Grants are available to help defray expenses incurred by atlas volunteers who undertake atlassing in remote areas (generally Regions 15 and 16). Individuals of all skill levels are invited to apply for a remote travel grant, but funding preference will be given to individuals or teams having skills to complete atlas squares coverage goals for point counts (15) and general atlassing hours (12-20 hrs). Because annual funding to cover remote travel grants is limited, applications for work targeting squares in northern regions (Regions 15 & 16) will be given priority. However, volunteers considering working in other regions are still encouraged to apply in the event that the fund is not expired supporting applicants for northern surveys. Applications for remote travel grants should be submitted between January 1 to June 15. Interested participants should (1) complete the application form, and (2) submit it to the Atlas Office (firstname.lastname@example.org).The projects will be evaluated on a first-come, first-served basis. As the budget available for travel grants is limited, you are encouraged to submit your request as soon as possible.