The Desert Tortoise Council provides grants and funding to individuals, students, and organizations for projects and programs aimed at providing scientific research, management, and conservation actions that benefit desert tortoise populations and their habitats. The Council’s Grants Committee oversees the evaluation of grant proposals and requests for the following funding opportunities:
This program funds activities and research that benefit desert tortoises and/or their habitats, provide information or service to the public, or address other appropriate conservation issues.
The David J. Moraka Memorial Research Award was established in memory of the late Dr. David J. Morafka, distinguished herpetologist and authority on North American tortoises. The Morafka Award supports research that contributes to the understanding, management, and conservation of tortoises of the genus Gopherus in the southwestern United States and Mexico: G. agassizii, G. morafkai, G. evgoodei, G. berlandieri, and G. flavomarginatus. The award amount is US $2,500.
The Desert Tortoise Council recently established the Linda J. Allison Memorial Grant. Applications will be accepted for research that (1) investigates the demography of tortoises in the southwestern United States and northern Mexico (i.e., Gopherus agassizii, G. morafkai, G. evgoodei, G. berlandieri, and G. flavomarginatus), (2) conducts robust statistical analysis/modeling of population data with quality control/validation, and (3) contributes to the understanding, management, and conservation of tortoises. The award amount is US $2,500.
The Glenn R. Stewart Travel Fund honors the DTC’s co-founder. This Fund supports students working with North American Gopherus tortoises by assisting with travel costs to attend and participate in the Desert Tortoise Council Symposia. The Fund will support up to US $500 (each) in travel costs for up to two students annually.