Billion Baby Turtles New Initiative Fund

Billion Baby Turtles has partnered with the J Berman Memorial Foundation to offer grants to innovative sea turtle conservation programs. Priority will be given to nesting beach conservation programs that are early stage, those that have little access to other funding, and have clear conservation outcomes for priority species. Funding will be offered for projects for up to 3 years, renewed annually based on achieving pre-determined metrics.

Proposals will only be accepted from non-profit organizations working in developing countries. Community-based organizations working on species or populations listed as endangered or critically endangered will receive preference.

Application Process:

  • Pre-proposals will be accepted until January 15th, 2019. Download the pre-proposal form below.

  • Applicants will be notified by February 15th about submitting a full proposal. Up to five projects will be selected for full proposals.

  • Full proposals will be due by March 15th, 2019.

  • Those selected for full proposals will have meetings scheduled to discuss their applications after the submission date, either at the International Sea Turtle Symposium in Charleston or by phone/Skype if not attending.

  • Final decisions will be made by April 15th, 2019.

  • Grants may be renewed upon completion of reporting and depending upon successful completion of project deliverables.

To submit: Send pre-proposals and budgets to 


  • Projects must be available for site visits during nesting season.

  • Projects will be required to provide mid-term reports halfway during the nesting season and a final report after completion of the nesting season.

  • Proposals will be accepted for a maximum of US $10,000 per year (for up to 3 years). 2-3 projects will be selected for funding.

  • Proposals will be accepted in English or Spanish (Spanish pre-proposal available below).

  • Non-profit conservation organizations are eligible; this opportunity is not open for individuals or scientific research.


  • Projects must focus on protecting significant turtle nesting beaches in developing countries. Projects focusing on scientific research, initial beach surveys, education or outreach programs, and bycatch projects will not be considered.

  • Priority will be given to projects conserving critically endangered sea turtle species (hawksbills and Kemp’s ridleys) but endangered sea turtle species will also be considered (green turtles), as well as the critically endangered Eastern Pacific leatherback population.

  • Priority will be given to new projects and those that are not currently receiving significant financial support from outside sources.

  • Current Billion Baby Turtles partners are eligible but grants would only fund expansion of current work or new nesting areas.