Materials for a single nest box are relatively inexpensive ($15-$20), but partners considering a more ambitious monitoring program with many nestboxes may be concerned by material costs. The American Kestrel Partnership is dedicated to ensuring that these costs are not prohibitive.
Fortunately, we have found through our experience that many businesses, organizations, and individuals are willing to donate or discount materials for a nestbox program. High school shop classes and scout troops, particularly those with scouts working toward advanced badges, are often eager to raise money for, construct, and even install nestboxes. Local home improvement centers, hardware stores, and lumberyards also will often donate materials for nestbox programs. We provide sponsorship letter templates for partner organizations and individuals to propose local support in their communities.
If you are still having difficulty funding your nestbox program after pursuing local support, we encourage you to apply for the American Kestrel Partnership's nestbox reimbursement program.