Marine Debris Prevention & Awareness Grant

The deadline to apply has been extended! 

Nominations will be accepted until January 31, 2021. Click here to nominate your organization.

Through the Marine Debris Prevention & Awareness Grant, Turtle Island Restoration Network seeks to support research and conservation projects around the world relating to a massive and growing concern for ocean conservation: marine debris. If you have any questions please email

How it Works

Organizations will nominate themselves to receive a $5,000 grant. If they meet the eligibility requirements, the public will be able to vote for them to receive the grant. The organization that receives the most votes will be awarded the grant! 

Nominations will be accepted until January 31, 2021. Click here to nominate your organization.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Nominated organizations must be a non-profit organization. Non-profit organizations are eligible if recognized for public charity status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or are fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) organization or are tax exempt in the state or country in which it operates.
  • Nominated organizations must use funds within one year to conduct projects relating to marine debris (anything man-made, including litter and fishing gear, that has been lost or thrown into the marine environment) prevention and effective solutions. Some examples of activities could include direct policy advocacy, campaign work, and hands-on conservation.
  • Nominated organizations must have an annual operating budget of $1 million or less.
  • Nominated organizations can be located outside of the United States.

Timeline – Deadline Extended!

 Nomination Period. Nominations will be accepted starting January 1, 2021. Organizations must nominate their group on the entry form by January 31, 2021 for consideration and participation.

Nominees Announced. Organizations that meet the eligibility requirements will be notified of their voting status by February 1, 2021 via the e-mail address provided on the entry form.

Voting Period. Voting will begin on February 1, 2021 and end on February 19, 2021. Nominees are encouraged to let their supporters know to vote for their organization by announcing it at meetings, on their website, on social media, in an email newsletter, or to local media. Voting will take place online at

Winners Announced. Winners will be announced by February 26, 2021 and funds will be sent out within 14 business days following a signed grant agreement. The winning organizations will be promoted through TIRN media outlets and through press releases. The winner will be notified via e-mail to the e-mail address provided on the TIRN entry form. The highest number of votes in the final round of the contest will determine the winner. Disqualification, forfeiture and the selection of an alternate winner may result from any of the following: (1) failure to respond to email notification within two days of transmission; (2) the return of an email notification as undeliverable; (3) failure to provide Turtle Island Restoration Network with satisfactory proof of non-profit status.

Application Guidelines

In your application, please be able to answer the following questions/requirements. Please note you will be unable to save this application and return to it. We recommend preparing your answers before starting the application.

The deadline to apply has been extended! Nominations will be accepted until January 31, 2021. Click here to nominate your organization.

  • Organization Name
  • Organization Location
  • Mission Statement
  • Organization Website
  • Organization EIN
  • Number of Employees
  • Number of Volunteers
  • Number of Members
  • Annual Budget
  • Briefly describe the history of the organization.
  • Is your organization fiscally sponsored? If so, please provide fiscal sponsor name and EIN, if applicable.
  • Description of network, community, or individuals that the marine debris project targets. Please indicate if the project addresses environmental justice (including racial and/or socio-economic injustices).
  • Marine species conserved.
  • Please list at least three past successes
  • Why is this work needed to improve marine debris conservation or management?
  • How will grant funds be used to protect marine environments from debris?
  • Please list at least three anticipated results expected during the grant term (one year).

If you have any questions please email