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    Turtle Conservation Fund (TCF)
    REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

    Next Proposal Deadline:
    1 December 2017

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    The Turtle Conservation Fund (TCF) awards grants 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.

    Grants focus on projects regarding 1) species listed as IUCN Critically Endangered, 2) species that are on the TCF Priority Species List (recently revised, see below), or 3) species other than those listed, provided a convincing rationale is included why the species’ conservation status merits funding from the TCF. The maximum amount of each grant is US $5000, but smaller grant requests are also encouraged (up to $1000 each) to support pilot conservation initiatives for tortoise and freshwater turtle species that are currently either IUCN Red Listed as Critically Endangered or Endangered (or on the TCF Priority Species list--see below), or species that may become priority species with an increase in the state of knowledge about the status of their populations or the threats they currently face (principally species currently classified on the Red List as Not Evaluated or Data Deficient).

    TCF’s highest priority species targeted for funding are listed below (list recently revised).

    Award recipients enter into contractual agreement with one of our partner organizations (Conservation International, Chelonian Research Foundation, or Turtle Conservancy) 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, co-published by TCF partners Chelonian Research Foundation and Turtle Conservancy (http://www.chelonianjournals.org/?code=chrf-site).

    For further information and application guidelines go to http://www.turtleconservationfund.org
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    Turtle Conservation Fund
    Priority Species List

    Species included in this list are Critically Endangered (CR) or proposed as CR (by IUCN Red Listing Workshops). Listed exceptions include Acanthochelys pallidipectoris (Chaco Side-necked Turtle), Chitra indica (Indian Narrow-headed Softshell Turtle), Elusor macrurus (Mary River Turtle), Centrochelys sulcata (African Spurred Tortoise), Kinosternon angustipons (Narrow-bridged Mud Turtle), Myuchelys georgesi (Bellinger River Sawshelled Turtle), Terrapene coahuila (Coahuilan Box Turtle), and Terrapene (carolina) yucatana (Yucatan Box Turtle).
    In addition, the Turtle Conservation Fund (TCF) recognizes that the conservation status of many turtle species, particularly those inhabiting Sub-Saharan Africa, is poorly known, and will consider applications for projects to improve our understanding of the survival prospects of these species, particularly Homopus solus (Nama Padloper), Kinixys erosa (Serrated Hinge-back tortoise), and Pelusios broadleyi (Turkana Mud Turtle) during the 2017 funding cycles. Such projects should clearly describe why a particular species or region might warrant priority funding from the TCF.

    Dermatemydidae
    Dermatemys mawii (Central American River Turtle) – Belize, Guatemala, Mexico

    Kinosternidae
    Kinosternon angustipons (Narrrow-bridged Mud Turtle) – Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama
    Sternotherus depressus (Flattened Musk Turtle) – USA

    Emydidae
    Glyptemys muhlenbergii (Bog Turtle) – USA
    Terrapene coahuila (Coahuilan Box Turtle) – Mexico
    Terrapene (carolina) yucatana (Yucatan Box Turtle) – Mexico

    Geoemydidae
    Batagur affinis (Southern River Terrapin) – Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand
    Batagur baska (Northern River Terrapin) – Bangladesh, India, Myanmar
    Batagur borneoensis (Painted Terrapin) – Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand
    Batagur kachuga (Red-crowned Roofed Turtle) – Bangladesh, India, Nepal
    Batagur trivittata (Burmese Roofed Turtle) – Myanmar
    Cuora aurocapitata (Yellow-headed Box Turtle) – China
    Cuora bourreti (Bourret’s Box Turtle) – Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam
    Cuora flavomarginata(Yellow-margined Box Turtle) – China, Japan, Taiwan
    Cuora galbinifrons (Indochinese Box Turtle) – China, Laos, Vietnam
    Cuora mccordi (McCord’s Box Turtle) – China
    Cuora mouhotii (Keeled Box Turtle) – China, India, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam
    Cuora pani (Pan’s Box Turtle) – China
    Cuora picturata (Southern Vietnam Box Turtle) – Vietnam
    Cuora trifasciata (Chinese Three-striped Box Turtle, Golden Coin Turtle) – China, Hong Kong, Laos, Vietnam
    Cuora yunnanensis (Yunnan Box Turtle) – China
    Cuora zhoui (Zhou’s Box Turtle) – China, Vietnam
    Heosemys annandalii (Yellow-headed Temple Turtle) – Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam
    Heosemys depressa (Arakan Forest Turtle) – Myanmar
    Leucocephalon yuwonoi (Sulawesi Forest Turtle) – Indonesia
    Mauremys annamensis (Annam Pond Turtle) – Vietnam
    Mauremys mutica (Yellow Pond Turtle) – China, Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam
    Mauremys nigricans (Red-necked Pond Turtle) – China, Vietnam
    Orlitia borneensis (Malaysian Giant Turtle) – Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia
    Sacalia bealei (Beal’s Eyed Turtle) – China, Hong Kong
    Siebenrockiella leytensis (Philippine Forest Turtle) – Philippines

    Platysternidae
    Platysternon megacephalum (Big-headed Turtle) – Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam

    Testudinidae
    Astrochelys radiata (Radiated Tortoise) – Madagascar
    Astrochelys yniphora (Ploughshare Tortoise, Angonoka) – Madagascar
    Centrochelys sulcata (African Spurred Tortoise – only in-situ projects eligible) – Benin, Burkina Faso, CAR, Chad, Eritera, Ethiopia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan
    Geochelone platynota (Burmese Star Tortoise) – Myanmar Gopherus flavomarginatus (Bolson Tortoise) – Mexico
    Gopherus flavomarginatus (Bolson Tortoise) – Mexico
    Kinixys homeana (Home’s Hinge-back Tortoise) – Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Togo, Zaire
    Malacochersus tornieri (Pancake Tortoise) – Kenya, Tanzania
    Manouria emys (Asian Giant Tortoise) – Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand
    Psammobates geometricus (Geometric Tortoise) – South Africa
    Pyxis arachnoides (Spider Tortoise) – Madagascar
    Pyxis planicauda (Flat-tailed Tortoise, Flat-shelled Spider Tortoise) – Madagascar
    Testudo kleinmanni (Egyptian Tortoise) – Egypt, Israel, Libya

    Trionychidae
    Apalone spinifera atra (Black Spiny Softshell Turtle, Cuatro Cienegas Softshell Turtle) - Mexico
    Chitra chitra (Asian Narrow-headed Softshell Turtle) – Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand
    Chitra indica (Indian Narrow-headed Softshell Turtle) – Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan
    Chitra vandijki (Burmese Narrow-headed Softshell Turtle) – Myanmar, Thailand
    Cyclanorbis elegans (Nubian Flapshell Turtle) – Chad, Ghana, Nigeria, Sudan, Togo
    Nilssonia formosa (Burmese Peacock Softshell Turtle) – China, Myanmar,
    Nilssonia leithii (Leith’s Softshell Turtle) – India
    Nilssonia nigricans (Black Softshell Turtle, Bostami Softshell) – Bangladesh, India
    Pelochelys cantori (Asian Giant Softshell Turtle, Cantor’s Giant Softshell Turtle) – Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam
    Rafetus swinhoei (Red River Giant Softshell Turtle, Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle, Swinhoe’s Softshell Turtle) – China, Vietnam

    Chelidae
    Acanthochelys pallidipectoris (Chaco Side-necked Turtle) – Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay
    Chelodina mccordi (Roti Island Snake-necked Turtle) – Indonesia, Timor-Leste
    Elusor macrurus (Mary River Turtle) – Australia
    Mesoclemmys hogei (Hoge’s Side-necked Turtle) – Brazil
    Myuchelys georgesi (Bellinger River Sawshelled Turtle) – Australia
    Pseudemydura umbrina (Western Swamp Turtle) – Australia

    Podocnemididae
    Erymnochelys madagascariensis (Madagascan Big-headed Turtle) – Madagascar
    Podocnemis expansa (Giant South American River Turtle, Giant Amazon River Turtle, Arrau) – Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Venezuela
    Podocnemis lewyana (Magdalena River Turtle) – Colombia

    The TCF is aware that Gopherus agassizii (Mojave Desert Tortoise - USA) is proposed for an assessment as Critically Endangered; however, the TCF is unlikely to fund applications for Desert Tortoise work, and recommends that prospective applicants for projects concerning this species check into grants available from the Desert Tortoise Council [http://deserttortoise.org] and other sources.
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