Coastal Stories Grant FAQ

Who is eligible?

Federally-recognized tribes, nonprofit organizations, and public agencies are eligible for funding. To be eligible, a nonprofit organization must qualify under the provisions of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Other community-based organizations and tribes that are not federally-recognized may apply with a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor.


What sort of projects will be funded?

Projects that research, develop, and/or present diverse stories, and/or present stories directed towards visitors whose stories and perspectives have been historically excluded from publicly-accessible outdoor spaces. All projects must present a story connected to outdoor spaces in a way that will reach the public.

Examples of eligible projects:

  • Developing and implementing storytelling products including but not limited to signage, monuments, audio tours, maps, guides, and video/audio linked to QR codes.
  • Hiring artists and/or community members to design and implement murals or other visual art installations.
  • Hiring a historian or community members to research and write content, and developing storytelling products with this content.
  • Adding storytelling/ interpretive elements onto existing waterfronts, public accessways, interpretive centers, installations/education exhibits, etc.
  • Projects that use creative forms of storytelling not listed here are also encouraged to apply.


Examples of ineligible projects include:

  • Hiring historians or community members to write content, without presenting this content in a way that will reach its expected audience.
  • Primarily social media campaigns/content.
  • Projects that provide excursions to the coastal. Please see the Conservancy’s Explore the Coast grants for this type of funding.
  • Construction projects that do not involve storytelling. Please note, however, that the Conservancy has funded hundreds of projects to build new trails, trailheads and other amenities (beach stairways, bathrooms, overlooks, etc.) through other funding programs. Please contact us directly if you are pursuing this type of project.


What is the maximum and minimum grant award?

There are no maximum or minimum grant amounts for this funding; however, it is anticipated that most grants will be up to $200,000. The budget for the requested amount should reflect the scale and effort required to implement the project.



Will advance payments be available?

If needed, a special arrangement for advance payment can be provided for small organizations and/or community based organizations. If your project is selected to receive funding, please let your point of contact know that advance payment needs to be arranged.


How do grantees report project progress and success?

Please visit the Conservancy “For Grantees Page” for detailed instructions and template for progress reports that accompany requests for disbursements:


Can grant funding cover transportation, food, interpretation, etc?

Grant funding can cover transportation and food related to community engagement. Grant funding may cover interpretation of the project materials and for community engagement.


Are matching funds required?

Projects are not required to have matching funds, but projects with matching contributions will get priority in the evaluation.  If an applicant’s project is selected for an award, the applicant will need to document the matching contribution during the implementation of the project.


The proposed funding requires that “priority shall be given to projects that include a commitment for a matching contribution. Contributions may be in the form of money, property, or services.”  Matching contributions could include funding or staff time (contributed by the applicant, project partners, or volunteers), donations of materials, or other services defined by the applicant. Match does not mean equal contribution and for the purposes of this grant program there is no threshold or minimum required for the matching contributions.


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