Grant Application

Use the following links to download the:

Standard Grant Application
Application Instructions
Project Selection Criteria
Non Profit Pre-Award Questionnaire
Conservation Corps Review Form


Napa River Ecological Reserve

Photo: Napa County Regional Park & Open Space District

The Coastal Conservancy accepts grants applications from government agencies and nonprofit organizations on an ongoing basis. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Conservancy staff prior to submitting an application.

Prospective applicants must discuss their projects with Conservancy staff prior to completing or submitting this application. Please contact the appropriate Program Manager from the list below, listed from North to South:

North Coast: Del Norte County to coastside Sonoma and Marin Counties: Karyn Gear: or 510-286-4171

San Francisco Bay Area: Nine Bay Area Counties, excluding the coastside of Sonoma, Marin, and San Mateo Counties: Matt Gerhart: or 510-286-0317

Central Coast: coastside San Mateo County to Santa Barbara County: Trish Chapman: or 510-286-0749

South Coast: Ventura County to San Diego County: Megan Cooper: or 510-286-4172

Continuous Submission Dates

Proposals will be accepted on a continuous basis. In addition, periodically grant rounds will be advertised and applications will be accepted for projects of a particular type or for specific locations.

Please submit your application electronically, including all attachments to the email address of the regional manager listed above. If you are unable to email the application, you may mail a CD that contains your application saved as a Microsoft Word document, and your digital photos and maps (photos should be saved as .jpg files; maps should be saved as .pdf or .jpg files). If you are unable to send a CD, please contact us to discuss alternate ways to submit your electronic files. Please note: all information that you submit is subject to the unqualified and unconditional right of the Conservancy to use, reproduce, publish, or display, free of charge. Please indicate if crediting is requested for any of the photos and/or maps.

If you are mailing the digital application, please send it to:
State Coastal Conservancy
1515 Clay Street, 10th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612

Grant Amounts

There are no established minimum or maximum grant amounts. The Coastal Conservancy will base the size of awards on project needs, benefits and competing demands for existing funding.

Eligible Applicants

Government agencies (federal, state, local, and special districts) and certain nonprofit organizations are eligible for funding. Eligible nonprofit organizations must exist under the provisions of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Eligibility of nonprofit organizations is defined by whether an organization’s articles of incorporation (and IRS letter) demonstrate that the organization’s purposes are consistent with Division 21 of the Public Resources Code, the Coastal Conservancy’s enabling legislation.

Eligible Activities

The Coastal Conservancy may fund property acquisition and project planning, design, and/or construction in accordance with Division 21 of the Public Resources Code. Projects should meet the goals and objectives in the Conservancy’s Strategic Plan, and be consistent with the purposes of the funding source, typically bond funds. In addition, project applications should provide information that will enable consideration of any applicable criteria specified in the Project Selection Criteria and Guidelines established by the Conservancy’s board. Regional planning, research, monitoring, and assessments will generally be considered only when directly tied to the furtherance of on-the-ground projects.

California Conservation Corps

The Coastal Conservancy encourages all applicants to consider using the California Conservation Corps for construction projects. Applications for Prop 1 funding for restoration and ecosystem protection projects must include a completed Corps Consultation Review form.

Grant News

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    SACRAMENTO – Today, the Board of the State Coastal Conservancy awarded over $12.5 million in grants for the protection and restoration of California’s coast and the San Francisco Bay.  Grantees included public agencies, cities and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations whose purposes are consistent with the Conservancy’s enabling legislation. Among the grants awarded were $3.9 million to […] (Read more on Coastal Conservancy Awards...)
  • Climate Ready Grant Round
    The Conservancy announces a new Climate Ready grant solicitation; applications are due July 1, 2019. Climate Ready grants fund nature-based solutions for climate adaptation. This round will fund planning and implementation of managed retreat, natural shoreline infrastructure, living shorelines and habitat enhancement projects. This round is funded by the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, and projects must facilitate greenhouse […] (Read more on Climate Ready Grant...)
  • SF Bay Area Prop 68 Draft Climate Adaptation Grant Guidelines
    Prop 68 provides funding to assist coastal communities with adaptation to climate change, including $14 million allocated to the San Francisco Bay Area Conservancy Program of the Coastal Conservancy (“Prop 68 SF Bay Climate Funds”). This chapter of Prop 68 requires that the Coastal Conservancy (“Conservancy”) develop competitive grant guidelines. The draft guidelines are posted here. […] (Read more on SF Bay Area...)
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