November 2005

TSA Announces Seed Grant Program
Request for Proposals

The IUCN Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) is issuing a request for proposals for small conservation grants.  The purpose of this seed grants program is to support small ($1,000 - $2,000) turtle conservation focused initiatives carried out by range state nationals that generate genuine conservation outcomes.  This program is intended to help generate interest and expertise in turtles and their conservation, and to initiate projects that could grow and become strengthened through additional support.  This program is also designed to provide ?emergency support? on short notice when a rapid response is indicated.  Special consideration will be given graduates of the Asian Scholarship Program, TSA turtle husbandry and veterinary training workshops (Singapore, Hong Kong), TSA field techniques workshop (Lucknow, India) and other training opportunities provided by Asian Turtle Coordinator Doug Hendrie.  Funding for this program is provided through a grant from the Batchelor Foundation to the TSA.

Funding priorities will be given to those proposals that address priority species and critical needs.  Priority species are those listed under the IUCN Red List as either Endangered or Critically Endangered, or identified in the Global Action Plan for Conservation of Tortoises & Freshwater Turtles, 2002 - 2007, by the Turtle Conservation Fund (  Examples of critical needs include assurance colony development, conservation biology research, range country capacity building, and trade monitoring. 

Please send a one to two-page proposal documenting specific goals of the project and a separate one page itemized budget (Times New Roman, font size 12, and one inch margins).  Proposals should contain: (1) Name, affiliation and contact information of proposer(s), (2) Project title, (3) Description of the intended work with localities and species involved, (4) Start date and schedule of the project, (5) Explanation of how the project will further the TSA?s mission and what projected conservation outcome(s) will be generated (6) Budget breakdown, including details of additional funding obtained or sought from elsewhere, (7) Letters of support from collaborating partners or institutions are encouraged; student applicants must include a letter of support from a faculty adviser, (8) Any other pertinent information (i.e., permits to conduct said work), and (9) resume(s) with relevant experience of proposer(s).

Preferably, proposals should be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word format to:
or by parcel post to Brian D. Horne, Dept of Biological Sciences, Ohio University, Athens Ohio 45701, USA
Proposals must be received or post-marked by 31 January 2006. Announcement of granting decisions will occur at the end of February 2006.