Turtle Conservation Fund
Next Proposal Deadline: 1 November 2008

The Turtle Conservation Fund (TCF) is a partnership initiative of Conservation International / Center for Applied Biodiversity Science (CI/CABS;, IUCN/SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group (TFTSG;, IUCN/SSC Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA;, and the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria?s Shellshock Campaign (EAZA; TCF administers a turtle conservation and research grants program. Awards are granted to organizations or individuals for specific conservation or research projects dealing with tortoises or freshwater turtles, but not marine turtles,
with either partial or full support as funding allows. Awards at the present time are approximately in the $2000 to $5000 range per project, with occasional funding up to $10,000.

Priority for funding is given to projects that focus on species that are already highly threatened (Critically Endangered or Endangered) as determined by the IUCN Red List (

TCF?s highest priority species targeted for funding are listed below.

Award recipients enter into contractual agreement with one of the above partners to produce the proposed work. Award recipients are also encouraged to publish at least partial results of the supported research in the international scientific turtle journal, Chelonian Conservation and Biology, published by TCF Alliance Partner Chelonian Research Foundation (CRF;

For further information and application guidelines go to

TCF Targeted Species List

  • Apalone spinifera ater
  • Astrochelys radiata
  • Astrochelys yniphora
  • Batagur affinis (southern Malay Peninsula and Sumatra)
  • Batagur baska (northeastern India and Bangladesh, perhaps into Myanmar)
  • Batagur borneoensis
  • Batagur kachuga
  • Batagur trivittata
  • Chelodina mccordi
  • Chitra chitra
  • Chitra indica
  • Chitra vandijki
  • Cuora aurocapitata
  • Cuora bourreti
  • Cuora glabinifrons
  • Cuora mccordi
  • Cuora pani
  • Cuora picturata
  • Cuora trifasciata
  • Cuora yunnanensis
  • Cuora zhoui
  • Dermatemys mawii
  • Elusor macrurus
  • Erymnochelys madagascariensis
  • Geochelone platynota
  • Heosemys depressa
  • Leucocephalon yuwonoi
  • Mauremys annamensis
  • Nilssonia lethii
  • Nilssonia nigricans
  • Pelochelys bibroni
  • Pelochelys cantori
  • Pelochelys signifera
  • Podocnemis lewyana
  • Psammobates geometricus 
  • Pseudemydura umbrina
  • Pyxis arachnoides
  • Pyxis planicauda
  • Rafetus swinhoei
  • Siebenrockiella leytensis
  • Terrapene coahuila
  • Testudo kleinmanni