Summer Sea Turtle Sustainability Grant

Enter to win a $5,000 grant to help sea turtles!

Through the Summer Sea Turtle Sustainability Grant, Turtle Island Restoration Network and SEE Turtles seeks to support worldwide research and conservation projects relating to a global priority for sea turtle conservation: nesting beaches. 

A $5,000 grant will be awarded to the organization who receives the most votes. In addition, one participating organization will be chosen randomly from the contestants to receive a $1,000 grant! 

Nominations are now open! If you are working to improve the status of sea turtle nesting beaches, please nominate your organization!

Organization Nominations must be completed online and submitted by April 25, 2020. Nominees will be announced May 1, 2020. Voting will begin on May 4, 2020 and end on June 1, 2020. Winners will be announced by June 5, 2020 and funds will be sent out within 10 business days.

To be notified of when voting starts, please join our email list!


  • 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 conduct projects relating to sea turtle nesting beaches. 
  • Olive ridley projects on beaches with an average of less than 100 nests per year are not eligible. 


  1. Nominate Your Organization. Organizations must nominate their group on the entry form by April 25, 2020 for consideration and participation.
  2. Nominees Announced. Organizations that meet the eligibility requirements will be notified of their voting status by May 1, 2020 via the e-mail address provided on the entry form.
  3. Voting Begins. Voting will begin on May 4, 2020 and end on June 1, 2020. 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
  4. Winners Announced. Winners will be announced by June 5, 2020 and funds will be sent out within 10 business days. The winning organizations will be promoted through TIRN & SEE Turtles 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 seven days of transmission; (2) the return of an email notification as undeliverable; (3) failure to provide Turtle Island Restoration Network and SEE Turtles with satisfactory proof of non-profit status.

Application Guidelines

In your application, please be able to answer the following questions/requirements:

  • Organization Name
  • Organization Location
  • Mission Statement
  • Organization Website
  • Organization EIN (for U.S. groups)
  • 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 nesting beach project targets 
  • Turtle species conserved
  • Threats to sea turtles in this area
  • Average number of nests per species
  • Average number of hatchlings per species
  • Please list at least three past successes
  • Why is this work needed to improve nesting beach conservation or management?
  • How will grant funds be used to conserve nesting beaches?

Official Contest Rules

Click here to read the Official Contest Rules.

If applicants have additional questions or need more guidance after reviewing these guidelines, please contact Rebekah Staub at

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