Coastal Stories 2023 Request for Proposals (RFP) Now Open!

The Coastal Conservancy announces its 2023 Coastal Stories grant program Request for Proposals.

Through this program, we intend to make the outdoors more inclusive and welcoming for all Californians by fostering representation of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), people with disabilities, immigrant communities, low-income communities, and other historically excluded groups in outdoor spaces – through storytelling.  Learn more about the Coastal Stories program here. 

All projects must present a story connected to publicly-accessible outdoor spaces within our jurisdiction in a way that will reach the public. We seek to fund projects that plan, develop, and implement storytelling installations or materials (such as murals, signage, monuments, or guides) that represent communities and voices of historically excluded communities. We encourage proposals for community-led projects that show strong community and landowner partnerships and that use creative forms of historical, ecological, and cultural storytelling.

 The Conservancy held an informational webinar on Wednesday, February 15, 2023, from 12 PM-1 PM to walk through the Coastal Stories Grant Program and address common questions regarding the application.  A recording can be found here. 

If you would like a 30-minute consultation with a staff member, please email along with your project idea and location(s).

The Request for Proposals (RFP) can be downloaded here. 

Pre-proposals are due by 5 pm on Friday, March 31, 2023, via email to

 Applicants invited to submit a full proposal or asked to provide further information on their project will be contacted by May 18th, 2023.

The RFP was updated February 23, 2023 because the anticipated funding source requires prioritization of matching contributions.

Return to Coastal Stories program page here.

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