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NFWF Announces Release of Sea Turtles Program 2021 Request for Proposals

$750,000 in grant funding available for sea turtle conservation in the Western Hemisphere

Loggerhead sea turtle

WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 19, 2020) – The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) today announced the release of the 2021 Request for Proposals for the Sea Turtles Program. The program will award $750,000 in grants through this funding opportunity to projects that help conserve four threatened or endangered sea turtle populations in the Western Hemisphere. 

Sea Turtles Program grant pre-proposals are due September 28, 2020 by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time and the full Request for Proposals can be found here. An applicant webinar will be held August 27, 2020 at 2 p.m. Eastern time. 

NFWF’s Sea Turtles Program provides conservation investments for the recovery of four sea turtle populations in the Western Hemisphere – leatherbacks and loggerheads in the Northwest Atlantic, and leatherbacks and hawksbills in the Eastern Pacific. The goals of this Request for Proposals are to: (1) reduce bycatch in areas identified as having high interaction rates; (2) increase hatchling productivity at priority nesting beaches; and (3) support network coordination to determine population status and to facilitate regional monitoring.

Competitive grant proposals will be reviewed by program partners and technical experts, and funding decisions are based on the ability of the applicant to implement strategies that achieve the program priorities and result in measurable conservation outcomes. Awards are anticipated in March 2021.

Funding for the Sea Turtles Program 2021 Request for Proposals is provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Additional information about the program can be found here.

About the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Chartered by Congress in 1984, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) protects and restores the nation’s fish, wildlife, plants and habitats. Working with federal, corporate and individual partners, NFWF has funded more than 5,000 organizations and generated a conservation impact of $6.1 billion. Learn more at