Shark Awareness & Protection Grant Contest

Through the Shark Awareness & Protection Grant Contest, Turtle Island Restoration Network seeks to support global research and conservation projects relating to a marine species that serves a vital role in ocean ecosystems: sharks.

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! 


  • 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 sharks. Some examples of activities could include direct policy advocacy, campaign work, hands-on conservation and research.
  • Nominated organizations can be located outside of the United States.


Nomination Period. Organizations must nominate their group on the entry form by August 1, 2021 for consideration and participation.

Nominees Announced. Organizations that meet the eligibility requirements will be notified of their voting status by August 2, 2021 via the e-mail address provided on the entry form.

Voting Period. Voting will begin on August 3, 2021 and end on August 22, 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 August 5, 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.)

  • Organization Name
  • Organization Location
  • Mission Statement
  • Organization Website
  • Organization EIN
  • Number of Employees
  • Number of Volunteers
  • Number of Members
  • Annual Budget
    • Less than $100K
    • $100-249K
    • $250-499K
    • $500K-1 million
    • $1-2 million
    • Over $2 million
  • 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 shark project targets. Please indicate if the project addresses environmental justice (including racial and/or socio-economic injustices).
  • Shark species conserved.
  • Threats to sharks in this area.
  • Please list at least three past successes.
  • Why is this work needed to improve shark conservation?
  • How will grant funds be used to protect sharks?
  • Please list at least three anticipated results expected during the grant term (one year).

Click here to nominate your organization.

If you have any questions please email