Turtle Conservation Fund (TCF): Inviting applications for ‘turtle conservation and research grants program’ to organizations or individuals for specific conservation or research projects dealing with highly endangered tortoises or freshwater turtles, but not marine turtles, with either partial or full support as funding allows.

Funding brief: As one of its main functions, TCF administers a turtle conservation and research grants program. Awards are granted to organizations or individuals for specific conservation or research projects dealing with highly endangered tortoises or freshwater turtles, but not marine turtles, with either partial or full support as funding allows.

From 2003 through 2018 the TCF has awarded a total of about US $1,100,000 to 250 worthy turtle conservation projects.

Priority for funding is given to projects that focus on tortoises or freshwater turtles that are already highly threatened according to the IUCN Red List or the TFTSG Provisional Red List, as either Critically Endangered or Endangered, or which may be highly threatened but not yet officially classified as such on the Red List. They do not support work on marine turtles.

Award recipients enter into contractual agreement with either Global Wildlife Conservation or Chelonian Research Foundation to produce the proposed work (these three non-profit organizations serve as TCF’s financial umbrella organizations). Award recipients are also encouraged to publish at least partial results of the supported research in the international scientific turtle journal, Chelonian Conservation and Biology, published by Chelonian Research Foundation (www.chelonian.org).

There are two funding cycles annually. Total disbursement has averaged between $20,000 to $50,000 per funding cycle, or $40,000 to $100,000 per year to date.

TCF Priority Species
The following species of tortoises and freshwater turtles have been prioritized by TCF to be considered for funding support. Other species will be considered only if a strong case can be made that they are potentially highly endangered. Species included are ranked as Critically Endangered (CR) on the IUCN Red List or proposed as CR by the TFTSG (see TTWG publication available at www.iucn-tftsg.org/checklist), or considered Data Deficient (DD). A few included species are considered Endangered or Vulnerable.

Dermatemydidae
Dermatemys mawii  (Central American River Turtle) – Belize, Guatemala, Mexico

Kinosternidae
Kinosternon angustipons (Narrrow-bridged Mud Turtle) – Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama
Kinosternon hirtipes chapalaense  (Lake Chapala Mud Turtle) – Mexico
Kinosternon hirtipes hirtipes  (Valley of Mexico Mud Turtle) – Mexico
Kinosternon hirtipes magdalense  (San Juanico Mud Turtle) – Mexico
Kinosternon hirtipes tarascense  (Pátzcuaro Mud Turtle) – Mexico
Kinosternon sonoriense longifemorale  (Sonoyta Mud Turtle) – Mexico, USA
Kinosternon vogti (Vallarta Mud Turtle) – Mexico
Sternotherus depressus  (Flattened Musk Turtle) – USA

Emydidae
Glyptemys muhlenbergii  (Bog Turtle) – USA
Terrapene coahuila  (Coahuilan Box Turtle) – Mexico
Terrapene (carolina) yucatana (Yucatan Box Turtle) – Mexico

Geoemydidae
Batagur affinis  (Southern River Terrapin) – Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand
Batagur baska  (Northern River Terrapin) – Bangladesh, India, Myanmar
Batagur borneoensis  (Painted Terrapin) – Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand
Batagur dhongoka  (Three-striped Roofed Turtle) – Bangladesh, India, Nepal
Batagur kachuga  (Red-crowned Roofed Turtle) – Bangladesh, India, Nepal
Batagur trivittata  (Burmese Roofed Turtle) – Myanmar
Cuora aurocapitata  (Yellow-headed Box Turtle) – China
Cuora bourreti  (Bourret’s Box Turtle) – Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam
Cuora cyclornata (Vietnamese Three-striped Box Turtle) – Laos, Vietnam
Cuora flavomarginata  (Yellow-margined Box Turtle) – China, Japan, Taiwan
Cuora galbinifrons  (Indochinese Box Turtle) – China, Laos, Vietnam
Cuora mccordi  (McCord’s Box Turtle) – China
Cuora mouhotii (Keeled Box Turtle) – China, India, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam
Cuora pani  (Pan’s Box Turtle) – China
Cuora picturata  (Southern Vietnam Box Turtle) – Vietnam
Cuora trifasciata  (Chinese Three-striped Box Turtle, Golden Coin Turtle) – China, Hong Kong, Laos, Vietnam
Cuora yunnanensis  (Yunnan Box Turtle) – China
Cuora zhoui  (Zhou’s Box Turtle) – China, Vietnam
Heosemys annandalii (Yellow-headed Temple Turtle) – Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam
Heosemys depressa  (Arakan Forest Turtle) – Myanmar
Leucocephalon yuwonoi  (Sulawesi Forest Turtle) – Indonesia
Mauremys annamensis  (Annam Pond Turtle) – Vietnam
Mauremys mutica (Yellow Pond Turtle) – China, Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam
Mauremys nigricans  (Red-necked Pond Turtle) – China, Vietnam
Melanochelys tricarinata  (Tricarinate Hill Turtle) – Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal
Orlitia borneensis (Malaysian Giant Turtle) – Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia
Sacalia bealei (Beal’s Eyed Turtle) – China, Hong Kong
Siebenrockiella leytensis  (Philippine Forest Turtle) – Philippines

Platysternidae
Platysternon megacephalum (Big-headed Turtle) – Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam

Testudinidae
Astrochelys radiata  (Radiated Tortoise) – Madagascar
Astrochelys yniphora  (Ploughshare Tortoise, Angonoka) – Madagascar
Centrochelys sulcata (African Spurred Tortoise – only in-situ projects eligible) – Benin, Burkina Faso, CAR, Chad, Eritera, Ethiopia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan
Chelonoidis darwini  (Santiago Giant Tortoise) – Ecuador (Galapagos)
Chelonoidis donfaustoi  (Eastern Santa Cruz Giant Tortoise) – Ecuador (Galápagos)
Chelonoidis guntheri  (Sierra Negra Giant Tortoise) – Ecuador (Galápagos)
Chelonoidis hoodensis  (Española Giant Tortoise) – Ecuador (Galápagos)
Chelonoidis porteri  (Western Santa Cruz Giant Tortoise) – Ecuador (Galápagos)
Geochelone platynota  (Burmese Star Tortoise) – Myanmar
Gopherus flavomarginatus  (Bolson Tortoise) – Mexico
Indotestudo elongata  (Elongated Tortoise) – Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China (?), India, Laos, Malaysia (Peninsular), Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam
Kinixys homeana (Home’s Hinge-back Tortoise) – Cameroon, Congo (DRC), Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Togo
Malacochersus tornieri (Pancake Tortoise) – Kenya, Tanzania
Manouria emys (Asian Giant Tortoise) – Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand
Psammobates geometricus  (Geometric Tortoise) – South Africa
Pyxis arachnoides  (Spider Tortoise) – Madagascar
Pyxis planicauda  (Flat-tailed Tortoise, Flat-shelled Spider Tortoise) – Madagascar
Testudo kleinmanni  (Egyptian Tortoise) – Egypt, Israel, Libya

Trionychidae
Apalone spinifera atra  (Black Spiny Softshell Turtle, Cuatro Cienegas Softshell Turtle) – Mexico
Chitra chitra  (Asian Narrow-headed Softshell Turtle) – Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand
Chitra indica  (Indian Narrow-headed Softshell Turtle) – Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan
Chitra vandijki  (Burmese Narrow-headed Softshell Turtle) – Myanmar, Thailand
Cyclanorbis elegans (Nubian Flapshell Turtle) – Chad, Ghana, Nigeria, Sudan, Togo
Nilssonia formosa (Burmese Peacock Softshell Turtle) – China, Myanmar,
Nilssonia leithii  (Leith’s Softshell Turtle) – India
Nilssonia nigricans  (Black Softshell Turtle, Bostami Softshell) – Bangladesh, India
Pelochelys cantori  (Asian Giant Softshell Turtle, Cantor’s Giant Softshell Turtle) – Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam
Pelodiscus parviformis  (Vietnamese Softshell Turtle) – China, Vietnam
Rafetus swinhoei (Red River Giant Softshell Turtle, Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle, Swinhoe’s Softshell Turtle) – China, Vietnam

Chelidae
Acanthochelys pallidipectoris (Chaco Side-necked Turtle) – Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay
Chelodina mccordi  (Roti Island Snake-necked Turtle) – Indonesia, Timor-Leste
Elusor macrurus  (Mary River Turtle) – Australia
Mesoclemmys dahli  (Dahl’s Toad-headed Turtle) – Colombia
Mesoclemmys hogei  (Hoge’s Side-necked Turtle) – Brazil
Myuchelys georgesi (Bellinger River Sawshelled Turtle) – Australia
Pseudemydura umbrina  (Western Swamp Turtle) – Australia

Pelomedusidae
Pelusios castanoides intergularis  (Seychelles Yellow-bellied Mud Turtle) – Species LC – Seychelles
Pelusios subniger parietalis  (Seychelles Black Mud Turtle) – Species LC – Seychelles

Podocnemididae
Erymnochelys madagascariensis  (Madagascan Big-headed Turtle) – Madagascar
Podocnemis expansa  (Giant South American River Turtle, Giant Amazon River Turtle, Arrau) – Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Venezuela
Podocnemis lewyana  (Magdalena River Turtle) – Colombia

The TCF is aware that Gopherus agassizii (Mojave Desert Tortoise – USA) is provisionally assessed as Critically Endangered; however, the TCF is unlikely to fund applications for Desert Tortoise work, and recommends that prospective applicants for projects concerning this species check into grants available from the Desert Tortoise Council [http://deserttortoise.org] and other sources.

Donor Name: Turtle Conservation Fund (TCF)
Funding name: Turtle conservation and research grants program

Deadline: May, 1st and December, 1st

Funding details link: Click to view

Funding limit: TCF Awards are approximately in the $1000 to $5000 range per project (with full or partial funding depending on full project costs), and smaller seed grant projects are also encouraged (up to $1000 each) to support pilot conservation initiatives for tortoise and freshwater turtle species that are currently either IUCN Red Listed as Critically Endangered or Endangered (or on the TCF Priority Species list–see above), or species that may become priority species with an increase in the state of knowledge about the status of their populations or the threats they currently face (principally species currently classified on the Red List as Not Evaluated or Data Deficient).

Project start date: Not Found
Project duration: Not Found

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility: Priority for funding is given to projects that focus on tortoises or freshwater turtles that are already highly threatened according to the IUCN Red List or the TFTSG Provisional Red List, as either Critically Endangered or Endangered, or which may be highly threatened but not yet officially classified as such on the Red List. They do not support work on marine turtles.

Eligible Country: No Country Bar Found (Open to all regions)

Submission mail: Hugh R. Quinn, Anders G.J. Rhodin, and Vivian P. Páez (DoubleHQ@aol.com,  RhodinCRF@aol.com , vivianpaez1@gmail.com)

Other important link:
Guideline: Click to view
Proposal Form (Form-TCF Proposal Cover Sheet): Click to view
About: Click to view

How to apply: Submit ALL TCF grant proposals electronically via e-mail to: Hugh R. Quinn, Anders G.J. Rhodin, and Vivian P. Páez (DoubleHQ@aol.com,  RhodinCRF@aol.com, vivianpaez1@gmail.com) (do not mail paper copies)

Submit applications electronically as a .doc or .pdf file in formal grant proposal format with the following required sections:
Standardized TCF Proposal Cover Sheet (download) MUST be filled out and submitted with the proposal
Title page with full contact details, including mail and e-mail address of all investigators
Short summary of the overall project objective and requested funding
Background and research or conservation rationale
Specific methodology
Discuss your vision for a longer-term conservation strategy for the species (for which the project may represent a component), and discuss how this may be achieved and who may be involved with this effort over the longer term
Project deliverables anticipated
Total project expenses
Funding requested from TCF
Funding available or requested from other organizations
General timetable
Literature cited
Curriculum Vitae for principal investigators (or for primary personnel for an organizational grant request).
By submitting an application, and if funded, the proponents declare that all permits required to carry out the proposed project will be obtained as necessary, and that no work on the project will be commenced without the required permits.
Further, the proponents declare that they and their project collaborators will not collect, obtain, or distribute any turtles or other wildlife, whether live animals, parts or derivatives, for possession, transport, export, import, or sale, in breach of applicable laws and regulations, during any phase of the supported project.
The proposal itself must be no longer than 12 pages (shorter is better) and c.v.’s must be no longer than 3 pages per individual. All type must be of good readable size, no smaller than 12-point font.
The TCF provides grants in support of direct research and conservation expenses of selected turtle projects and programs. TCF does not provide support for indirect organizational overhead expenses associated with administration of grants, and will not fund requests for such indirect costs.

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