Call for Applications to Serve on the Explore the Coast Advisory Board

 

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California’s ocean, coast, and beaches have long been recognized and used as spaces of joy, relaxation, and healing. The State Coastal Conservancy’s Explore the Coast (ETC) grant program seeks to provide coastal experiences for people and communities who face challenges or barriers to accessing or enjoying the coast (“ETC Priority Communities”). ETC Priority Communities include lower-income individuals and households, people with disabilities, people of color, immigrant communities, foster youth, and others. Since 2013, this program has distributed over $18.2 million through nearly 296 separate ETC grants throughout California to connect more people to state’s spectacular coast. Through these grants, tens of thousands of Californians have been able to experience the coast, often for the first time.

The Advisory Board

To better achieve ETC program’s goals, the Conservancy created an Explore the Coast Advisory board. Our goal is that through the ETC Advisory Board, we will improve the ETC grant program by harnessing diverse stakeholders’ insights and experience and will share decision-making power with the communities served by the program. The Advisory Board began in 2019 and consists of about 10 members who provide their expertise on outdoor recreation programming and equity. The Conservancy is soliciting applications for new Advisory Board members that would serve at least a single term lasting two years. Advisory Board members are invited upon satisfactory participation on the Board to serve for two terms in a row (total of four years).

Each year, the Coastal Conservancy allocates hundreds of thousands of dollars to programs that connect ETC Priority Communities to the coast.  Our aim is to equitably distribute this funding and maximize the impact of every dollar spent.  To better achieve these goals, the ETC Advisory Board advises Conservancy staff on the application process, review of applications, and ongoing administration of the grant program.

The work of the Advisory Board includes the following:

  • Reviewing ETC grant applications, and providing guidance on project selection
  • Providing recommendations on how Coastal Conservancy staff can better communicate future Explore the Coast grant opportunities to a broader audience, and provide technical assistance for applicants
  • Reviewing and commenting on the grant materials and selection criteria for future grant rounds to help the ETC program better achieve its goals.

Time Commitment

We are asking Advisory Board Members to commit to at least one two-year term on the board. Each year, the level of commitment over the course of the year is roughly as follows:

  • Participate in three 2-hour planning phone calls (including an initial orientation call) throughout the year.
  • Spend approximately 10 hours of personal time reviewing grant applications prior to the project selection meetings.
  • Participate in a full day in-person project selection and program assessment meeting, or several hybrid in-person meetings. While in-person participation is preferred, if an advisory board member cannot participate in person, arrangements will be made for them to participate by phone or Zoom.

The Coastal Conservancy will reimburse travel costs at state rates to attend the application review meeting if it’s held in-person. The Coastal Conservancy will offer an annual stipend of $350 to Advisory Board members.

 

Anticipated Board Schedule      
January 9, 2023 by 5pm Application Deadline
April 5 – 7, 2023

 

Initial Orientation Call

 

April 10 – May 5, 2023

 

Application Review Period

 

May 15 – 25, 2023

 

Project Selection Meeting #1

 

May 15 – 25, 2023

 

Project Selection Meeting #2

 

Oct. – Nov., 2023

 

Fall Advisory Board Meeting

 

Oct. – Nov., 2023

 

Advisory Board Reviews Next Round RFP

Note: Dates above indicate a range for tentative date(s). Final date(s) will be selected at a later time.

 

Eligibility

To avoid a conflict of interest, Advisory Board members cannot be employees or board members of current or prospective Explore the Coast grant recipient organizations. Advisory Board members that have another form of close relationship with an ETC grantee will be asked to recuse themselves from discussion of that organization’s application(s).

Desired Qualifications

Coastal Conservancy staff seek Advisory Board members from across California who reflect the state’s diversity (including racial, ethnic, income, gender, language, as well as physical and cognitive disability diversity), and with expertise in the following areas:

  • Designing and implementing culturally relevant programming for populations that may face barriers to accessing the coast (including communities of color, Native American communities, low-income communities, or persons with physical and/or cognitive disabilities)
  • Embedding mental, cognitive, and physical wellness into programming
  • Public access and outdoor recreation
  • Environmental education or youth leadership programs
  • Environmental equity
  • Leading and/or practicing cultural humility
  • Community engagement
  • Monitoring and evaluation of non-profit programming
  • Public and private financing

 

To Apply:

If interested, please fill out this linked application by Monday, January 9, 2023 COB. Please be aware that your submittal will be a public record subject to disclosure under the Public Records Act.

If you have questions about the ETC Advisory Board and would like more information to help you decide whether to apply, please contact Coastal Conservancy Project Manager, Carol Martinez at carol.martinez@scc.ca.gov.

 

CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE APPLICATION

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