Grant applicants sought for NFWF’s Sea Turtles program

Up to $1 million will be awarded in the Northwest Atlantic and Eastern Pacific

WASHINGTON D.C. (August 23, 2017) — The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is seeking applications for funding under the Sea Turtles ​​program, which is dedicated to measurably improving the current recovery trajectory of seven sea turtle populations in the Western Hemisphere. 

Up to $1 million in awards will be made for the conservation of leatherbacks, Kemp’s ridleys, loggerheads and hawksbills in the Northwest Atlantic, and leatherbacks, loggerheads and hawksbills in the Eastern Pacific. Funding is also available this year for in-water conservation efforts in southern Florida. Major funding is provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Community Service funds arising from a federal environmental prosecution for sea turtle conservation.

Key conservation strategies for this program include: 

  • ​Reducing bycatch in fishing gear - support incentive-based approaches for the development and implementation of turtle-friendly fishing gear and practices; 
  • Increasing and protecting the productivity of priority nesting beaches; 
  • Reducing direct threats from boating/fishing in southern Florida; and
  • Building strong regional networks to implement conservation goals – support standardized methods and learning networks across the population range as well as coordinated monitoring networks to evaluate the progress of conservation efforts. 

Proposals are due September 21, 2017 and the full Request for Proposals can be found here.

Competitive grants are reviewed by a committee of government and academic 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.

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 4,500 organizations and committed more than $3.8 billion to conservation projects. Learn more at





Rob Blumenthal, 202-857-0166