2022 Explore the Coast Grants Application Period Now Open

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The California State Coastal Conservancy announces the availability of grants to public agencies, federally-recognized tribes and indigenous communities, and nonprofit organizations for programs that facilitate and enhance the public’s opportunities to explore California’s spectacular coast and San Francisco Bay shoreline.

The ocean, coast, and beaches have long been recognized and used as spaces of joy, relaxation, and healing for many Californians. The ability to experience the coast without fear of physical barriers, feelings of not belonging, or financial challenge is crucial to how individuals cultivate their lifelong connections with the coast. The Explore the Coast grant program seeks to provide enjoyable coastal experiences for people and communities who face challenges or barriers to accessing or enjoying the coast (“ETC Priority Communities”).

ETC Priority Communities may include but are not limited to lower-income individuals and households, people with disabilities, people of color, indigenous communities, immigrant communities, foster youth, and other historically excluded communities who face societal challenges or barriers to accessing or enjoying the coast.

Projects should also meet one or more of the following priorities:

  • Provide an enjoyable experience at the coast.
  • Reduce economic, physical, operational, or societal barriers to accessing or enjoying the coast.
  • Inspires ongoing coastal resource stewardship ethic through active learning and interactive activities.

Approximately $9 million is available for this grant round.  Applicants may request a grant amount of up to $200,000 for a 2-year project or $100,000 for a 1-year project. 

Webinar

The Conservancy will hold a webinar on January 21, 2022, 2 pm – 3 pm to walk through the Explore the Coast Grant Program and address questions regarding the application. Potential project applicants are encouraged to attend. The registration link for the webinar is here. The recorded webinar will be posted on scc.ca.gov afterward.

Technical Assistance- Office Hours

The Conservancy will offer two one-hour Technical Assistance “Office Hour” sessions where SCC staff will answer more specific grant questions and provide guidance with application preparation to potential applicants via zoom meeting. Break-out rooms will be an option for one-on-one assistance.

  • February 3, 2022, 4 pm – 5 pm Technical Assistance Office Hour link can be found here.
  • February 24, 2022, 11 am – 12 pm Technical Assistance Office Hour link can be found here.

RFP and Application Documents

The Explore the Coast grant application can found below:

Submit completed application as a Word document to grants@scc.ca.gov by Friday, March 11, 2022, by 5 pm.

Click here to learn more about the Explore the Coast Grant Program. 

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