Summer Sea Turtle Sustainability Grant of 2021

Deadline extended! Nominations accepted until June 28, 2021.

Through the Summer Sea Turtle Sustainability Grant of 2021, Turtle Island Restoration Network seeks to support sea turtle research and conservation projects in the United States.

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! 

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.
  • Nominated organizations must use funds within one year to conduct projects relating to sea turtle conservation, research, and/or effective solutions.
  • Nominated organizations must have an annual operating budget of $1 million or less.
  • Nominated organizations must conduct sea turtle projects in the United States.


Nomination Period. Nominations will be accepted starting May 24, 2021. Organizations must nominate their group on the entry form by June 28, 2021 for consideration and participation.

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

Voting Period. Voting will begin on July 1, 2021 and end on July 31, 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 July 7, 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
    • $100-250K
    • $250-500K
    • More than $500K
  • 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 sea turtle project targets. Please indicate if the project addresses environmental justice (including racial and/or socio-economic injustices).
  • Sea turtle species conserved.
  • Please list at least three past successes
  • Why is this work needed to improve sea turtle conservation or management in the U.S.?
  • How will grant funds be used to protect sea turtles in the U.S.?
  • Please list at least three anticipated results expected during the grant term (one year).

Click here to fill out the nomination application. Please note you will be unable to save this application and return to it. We recommend preparing your answers before starting the application.

Questions? Contact Elizabeth Purcell at