An ANU crowdfunding project has exceed its target by a factor of 14, with a week to go. The Difficult Bird Research Group wanted $4000 for PKOs (possum keeper-outter), nesting boxes for Swift Parrots, who need sanctuary from predatory Sugar Gliders. It has raised $57 500 (but can still use more).
Deakin U wrote the book on funding small-scale research via Pozible in 2013 and now ANU is adding a chapter. There is still some sneering at crowdfunding but as a way of supporting real research that the ARC is unlikely to pick up it meets a big need, as in this case.