Funded by a portion of revenues from Florida’s Sea Turtle Specialty License Plate, the Sea Turtle Grants Program distributes funds each year to support sea turtle research, conservation and education programs that benefit Florida sea turtles. Approximately 70% of the funding generated by sales of the tag goes to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Marine Turtle Protection Program to support research and management activities related to sea turtles. Approximately 30% is distributed to the Sea Turtle Grants Program. The Sea Turtle Grants Program is administered by the non-profit Sea Turtle Conservancy.

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2024 – 2025 Funding Cycle:
* Please only submit 8 hard copies, not 10, of your grant proposal and supporting materials. Please also make sure that the digital version of the cover sheet, budget and body of your project proposal is in MS Word format, not PDF format. Supporting documents, including research proposals, can be uploaded as PDF files.

* All digital files must be labeled with the Project Manager’s Name, a Short Project Name, and the document name. Example: JohnSmith_ProtectingSeaTurtles_CoverSheet.doc

* The digital version of the cover sheet does not need to be signed.

* Digital copies of the full application should be submitted through an online submission form, not by email, CD or flash drive. When submitting the digital version of your application, please use the Sea Turtle Grants Program Digital Submission Form.

Due Dates for 2024 – 2025 Funding Cycle:

Deadline for Completed Proposals
Completion of review of Proposals
Proposals provided to Grant Committee
Committee Meeting to Award Funds*
November 17, 2023 (Friday, by 5 PM)
January 26, 2024
February 2, 2024
March, 2024 (exact date TBD)

Funded Projects will begin upon execution of contract, anticipated to be May 1, 2024, and be completed within 1 year.
* Grant projects that require Marine Turtle Permits must have the final permit approved by the date of the Committee Meeting to be considered for funding.

Proposal Guidelines & Application Forms:

Sea Turtle Grant Guidelines & Application (MS Word)

Sea Turtle Grant Guidelines & Application (PDF)

Sea Turtle Grant Cover Sheet (MS Word)

Sea Turtle Grant Budget Form (MS Word)

Funding to Support Ongoing Permit Holder Activities:

2024 – 2025 Mini-Grant Registration Form

Completed Grant Applications must be received on or before 5:00 PM, Friday, November 17, 2023 at the address below:

Sea Turtle Grants Program
Sea Turtle Conservancy
4581 NW 6th St
Suite A
Gainesville, FL 32609