Marine Turtle Conservation Fund

Funding Agency:
US Fish and Wildlife Service

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s mission is to work with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The International Affairs Program delivers on this mission through its financial assistance programs by supporting strategic projects that deliver measurable conservation results for priority species and their habitats around the world.

The Marine Turtle Conservation Fund (MTCA) is soliciting proposals for the conservation of marine turtles (Chelonia mydas, Caretta caretta, Dermochelys coriacea, Eretmochelys imbricata, Lepidochelys olivacea, Lepidochelys kempii) throughout their range outside of the United States and its territories. The U.S. Government enacted the Marine Turtle Conservation Act of 2004 in response to the decline of many marine turtle populations worldwide and the serious threats to their long-term survival. The primary purpose of the Act is to provide financial support for projects that conserve nesting populations and habitat and address other threats to the survival of marine turtles in foreign countries.

Projects that involve work on nesting beaches that begin April through June should submit proposals for the November deadline. Project that involve work on nesting beaches that begin October through November should submit proposals for the April deadline. Projects involving work not linked directly to nesting seasons such as fisheries bycatch reduction, regional meetings or outreach and education campaigns can submit applications at either deadline. If you have any questions regarding the best deadline to submit an application please contact the Marine Turtle Program Officer at

Deadline:  November 26, 2018 and April 1, 2019

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants can be individuals; multi-national secretariats; state and local government agencies; nonprofit, non-governmental organizations; for-profit organizations; public and private institutions of higher education; and foreign entities.



Amount Description

This program uses one- to five-year grants as financial assistance instruments. The type of assistance instrument to be used is the decision of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service). Proposals are typically funded at $10,000 to $50,000 USD for every year of project activities and the MTCA program supports about 40-45 projects each year including ongoing multi-year awards. The amount of funding requested must match scope of the activities, the anticipated results, and the length of the project period. Higher amounts may be requested with appropriate justification.

The period of performance for projects awarded under this program may be one or more years. Project proposals must be designed and budgeted accordingly. For multi-year projects, budgets and project activities should be clearly articulated in phases/years, with a separate budget table for each individual phase/year of project activities. Support for future phases/years will be contingent on project performance, satisfactory reporting and financial management, and availability of program funds. Past and present recipients of awards under this program are eligible, but must submit new proposals to compete for funding each fiscal year. 

Funding Type





Environmental & Life Sciences
International Opportunities

External Deadline

April 1, 2019