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 and have clear conservation outcomes for priority species though we will also consider new and innovative outreach and educational programs with clear results. Funding will be offered for projects for up to 3 years, renewed annually based on achieving pre-determined metrics. The first round of grants will be limited to Latin America with the possibility of opening to other regions in future years.

Application Process:

  • Pre-proposals will be accepted until March 1st, 2017. Download the pre-proposal form below. 
  • Applicants will be notified by March 15th about submitting a full proposal. Up to five projects will be selected for full proposals.
  • Full proposals will be due by April 8th, 2017.
  • 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 Las Vegas or by phone/Skype if not attending.
  • Final decisions will be made by mid-May.
  • 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).
  • 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.


  • Nesting beach conservation projects will receive priority, but innovative educational and outreach projects will also be considered.
  • The first round of projects will be limited to Mexico, Central America, South America, and Caribbean nations and territories.
  • 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 and/or innovative programs that are not currently receiving significant financial support from outside sources.
  • Current Billion Baby Turtles grantees are eligible but we would only fund expansion of current work or new nesting areas.
  • Scientific research programs are not eligible; this fund is specifically for conservation programs.