Sunday, September 18, 2011

Matching Grants for Sea Turtle Research, or Assessment, or Bycatch Reduction and Conservation Projects in the Western Hemisphere

From The Foundation Center...

[If you are interested in this grant opportunity, click "Link to Complete RFP" at the end of this post for more information].

Deadline: October 1, 2011 (Pre-proposals)

Sea Turtle Conservation Fund Invites Pre-Proposals for Spring 2012 Grant Round

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has announced the availability of matching grant funding for sea turtle conservation projects in the Western Hemisphere through the Sea Turtle Conservation Fund. Projects of interest will focus on research, assessment, and bycatch reduction.

The most competitive projects under the spring 2012 cycle of the Sea Turtle Conservation Fund will directly implement projects under two priority topic areas.

The first priority area relates to three populations of sea turtles: Northwest Atlantic loggerhead (bycatch assessment of the Canadian longline fishery and bycatch mitigation in trawl and longline fisheries); North Atlantic leatherback (assess and reduce harvest/bycatch in Panama and Costa Rica); and East Pacific leatherback (development of a business plan for the population).

The second priority topic for the 2012 spring grant round is to determine and assess potential bycatch and/or unsustainably managed legal harvest hotspots for the Caribbean hawksbill population.

Applicants are encouraged to select one topic for each proposal. Applications outside these priority areas will be considered for funding provided they support the goals and objectives outlined under the NFWF Sea Turtle Conservation Business Plan (but will be a lesser priority for funding).

All persons, organizations, and agencies (excluding the U.S. federal government) working on projects to increase the populations of North Atlantic leatherbacks and loggerheads; Caribbean hawksbills; and East Pacific leatherbacks, hawksbills, and loggerheads are eligible to apply. Applications for funding for land or easement acquisition, political advocacy, lobbying, or litigation will not be considered.

The majority of awards under this program will fall in the range of $25,000 to $150,000. However, upper or lower limits to award size are not specified. A minimum of a 1:1 match of cash or in-kind services is required.

Projects may extend from one to three years. Additional-year funds are not guaranteed to be available in future years to supplement awards made as a result of this review.

Visit the NFWF Web site for complete program guidelines, background resources, and application procedures.

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