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Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits, For-Profits, Institutions, and Individuals for Conservation Projects Related to Sea Turtles

State of the World’s Sea Turtles (SWOT) Grants


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Funding Source
Oceanic Society Expeditions
State of the World’s Sea Turtles (SWOT)
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)
International, Israel and Canada.

Important Dates
Deadline: 10/15/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants of $1,000 to USA, Canada, and International nonprofit and for-profit organizations, academic institutions, and individuals for conservation and research programs related to sea turtles. Funding is intended to support the priority areas of science, education and outreach, and network and capacity building.

Program Areas:

  • Networking and Capacity Building
    • Strengthen networks that facilitate information-sharing and coordinate sea turtle conservation efforts
    • Build local or regional capacity for sea turtle research and conservation

SWOT will favor projects that go beyond raising awareness among a "general public" and those that that address a particular behavior and measure impact.

  • Science: These grants aim to support scientific work that fills critical gaps in knowledge about sea turtles that will support conservation objectives. This includes: 
    • Assessments of poorly known or recently discovered sea turtle populations (nesting or at sea)
    • Research that will help address a specific conservation issue or management objective
  • Education and Outreach: These grants support public education and outreach efforts that seek to motivate changes in human behavior in places where sea turtles nest, migrate, and forage.
    • Projects that go beyond raising awareness among a "general public" and those that that address a particular behavior and measure impact (e.g., a campaign focused on plastic waste reduction that results in a measurable decline in plastic waste) will be favored.

Additional grants are available for projects relating to the conservation of two of the top global priorities for sea turtle conservation: Eastern Pacific leatherbacks, and Kemp’s ridleys throughout their range. See the URL for Full Text (RFP) below for further information. 


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Individuals, nonprofit organizations and charities, academic institutions, businesses, and for-profit organizations

Pre-Application Information
Call for applications is now open. Application due date: October 15th

Applicants must register with the Sea Turtle Directory:

Grantees agree that, if awarded, the results of all research funded by SWOT will be made publicly available on a non-discriminatory basis. In the case of data collected that are relevant to SWOT’s global database, grantees agree to share the data with SWOT for inclusion in the SWOT database. Data holders will retain all ownership and control of their data, as stipulated in the SWOT Data Use Agreement.

About SAFE:
Grant information:
SWOT Data Use Agreement:
Online map and sea turtle database:
About SWOT:

Estimated Size of Grant

Term of Contract
Note that projects should be completed within one year.

Contact Information
Email the application form to

Online contact form:

For media or general inquiries:
Brian Hutchinson
SWOT Co-Founder
hutchinson (at)

For data or technical inquiries
Bryan Wallace
Chair, Scientific Advisory Board
bryanpwallace (at)

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