Desert Tortoise Council: Regular Grants Program

Desert Tortoise Council

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Grant amount: US $500 - US $10,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Individuals Organizations

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research, Project / Program

Location of project: Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Counties in California: Imperial County, Inyo County Show all

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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Overview:

NOTE: Timing of Submissions: Grant Requests may be submitted at any time; however, because the Board of Directors requires at least 30 days to review requests prior to voting, and because voting only may be accomplished at Board meetings (held three times per year), response times may vary. The Grants Committee Chairperson will notify the applicant of anticipated response time at the time of submission.

Regular Grants Program

The Desert Tortoise Council encourages activities and research that benefit desert tortoises and/or their habitats, provide information or service to the public, or address other appropriate conservation issues in manners consistent with the goals and objectives of the Desert Tortoise Council.

The Desert Tortoise Council will consider Grant Requests from qualified individuals or organizations for research or other activities on topics related to the biology, conservation, or management of desert tortoises; the development and dissemination of educational material about desert tortoises; or in support of other imperiled tortoises, turtles, and ecosystems. All Grant Requests are evaluated and awarded as funds are available, at the sole discretion of a majority vote of the Board.

Grant Request Policy

The Desert Tortoise Council (Council) encourages activities and research that benefit desert tortoises and/or their habitats, provide information or service to the public, or address other appropriate conservation issues in manners consistent with the goals and objectives of the Council as provided in the bylaws, including:

  • Bylaws, Article II, Section 2, c. To support, and be an advocate of, such measures as will contribute to ensuring the continued survival of desert tortoises and the maintenance of their habitats in a natural condition;
  • Bylaws, Article II, Section 2, d. To stimulate and encourage studies on the ecology, biology, management, and protection of desert tortoises;
  • Bylaws, Article II, Section 2, e. To gather and disseminate information on the desert tortoise and its habitat, and to be an advocate of science-based management;
  • Bylaws, Article II, Section 2, f. To maintain active public information and conservation education programs; and
  • Bylaws, Article II, Section 2, g. To support conservation actions for the protection of other tortoises, turtles, and ecosystems, as appropriate.

Consistent with the Council’s interest in conservation activities and research, the Council, through its Board of Directors (Board), will consider Grant Requests from qualified individuals or organizations for research or other activities on topics related to the biology, conservation, or management of desert tortoises; the development and dissemination of educational material about desert tortoises; or in support of other imperiled tortoises, turtles, and ecosystems. All Grant Requests are evaluated and awarded as funds are available, at the sole discretion of a majority vote of the Board. Guidelines for submitting a Grant Request for funding by the Council follow.

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Eligibility:

  • Generally, Grant Requests of $500 to $10,000 will be considered as appropriate to the project and the availability of funds. Higher levels of funding may be considered on a case‐by‐case basis.

Preferences:

  • Priority consideration for funding will be given to:
    • Projects that are in response to a specific emergency situation that may result in tortoise mortality and/or loss of habitat.
    • Projects that have the potential to address far‐reaching issues.
    • Projects that address a current management issue that is important for recovery and is not being addressed by public agencies or other entities.
    • Projects that can be implemented quickly and provide demonstrable results.
    • Projects for which Council funding would leverage other funding sources.s.