Desert Tortoise Council Grants

Desert Tortoise Council

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

Next anticipated deadline: Mar 1, 2019

Later anticipated deadlines: Oct 1, 2019

Applicant type: Individuals Organizations

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

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

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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On behalf of the Desert Tortoise Council, the Board of Directors will accept grant requests for appropriate projects benefiting the conservation of desert tortoises (Gopherus agassizii, G. morafkai, G. evgoodei and G. flavomarginatus).  

The Desert Tortoise Council encourages activities and/or research benefitting the desert tortoise and/or its habitat, to provide relevant information to the public, and to address other specified related conservation issues, 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, 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 desert tortoise biology, conservation, or management; the development and dissemination of educational material about the desert tortoise; or in support of other 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.

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  • Grant Requests submitted to the Council for funding must demonstrate a benefit to the desert tortoise, its habitat, or other conservation issues.
  • 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.


  • 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.
  • The Board will evaluate all suitable proposals but is particularly interested in proposals that address current management issues including:
    • Analysis of management techniques that reduce corvid and/or canid predation pressure on juvenile tortoises.
    • Analysis of survivorship at the long-term translocation site or other translocation sites where at least five years of post-release data are available.
    • Analysis of the effects of road fencing on tortoise populations, i.e., have tortoises returned to former ‘mortality sinks?’ Also, has fencing reduced connectivity?
    • Analysis of the effects of habitat restoration on tortoise populations, i.e., have tortoises returned to restored areas that were previously not used due to disturbance?
    • Assessment and/or monitoring of the implementation or failure to implement mandatory conservation measures associated with past development projects.
    • Development of Best Management Practices that would benefit desert tortoise conservation or enhance recovery.
    • Monitoring of the efficacy of recovery actions that have been implemented.

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