Coastal Conservancy Grants
The Coastal Conservancy helps achieves its mission through awarding grants to public agencies, federally-recognized tribes, and nonprofits to undertake projects that further its goals. For more information about the kind of work the Coastal Conservancy engages in, please see: Conservancy Projects.
The Coastal Conservancy accepts grant applications on an ongoing basis. The pre-proposal application and instructions are posted here.
A list of current grant opportunities, some with deadlines, is here.
Information about Proposition 1 grant rounds is posted here.
What the Conservancy Funds
The Conservancy funds projects that help it achieve the goals and objectives of its Strategic Plan (2018-2022). The goals are listed below; refer to the plan for additional detail on specific objectives. Projects that help achieve multiple objectives will receive higher priority for funding. The Conservancy will fund most stages of a project including: pre-project feasibility studies, property acquisition, planning (for large areas or specific sites) and design, environmental review, construction, monitoring, and, in limited circumstances, maintenance.
- Develop the California Coastal Trail as a major recreational amenity, tourist attraction, and alternative transportation system.
- Expand the system of coastal public accessways, open-space areas, parks, and inland trails that connect to the coast.
- Revitalize coastal and inland waterfronts that provide significant public benefits and promote sustainable economic development.
- Expand environmental education efforts to improve public understanding, use, and stewardship of coastal resources.
- Protect significant coastal resource properties, including farmland, rangeland, and forests.
- Enhance biological diversity, improve water quality, habitat, and other natural resources within coastal watersheds.
- Enhance coastal working lands, including farmland, rangeland, and forests.
- Enhance the resiliency of coastal communities and ecosystems to the impacts of climate change.
- Improve public access, recreation, and educational facilities and programs within the Santa Ana River Parkway.
- Protect and enhance natural habitats and connecting corridors, watersheds, scenic areas, and other open-space resources of regional importance in the Santa Ana River watershed.
- Identify and prioritize long-term resource and recreational goals for the San Francisco Bay Area.
- Protect and enhance natural habitats and connecting corridors, watersheds, scenic areas, and other open-space resources of regional importance in the Bay Area.
- Improve public access, recreation, and educational facilities and programs in and around San Francisco Bay, along the coast, the ridgelines, in urban open spaces, and natural areas.
- Protect Bay Area working lands and support farmers and ranchers in implementing stewardship of the natural resources on their lands.
- Provide leadership, partnership, and assistance to organizations engaged in conservation and public access within the Conservancy’s jurisdiction.
- Ensure that the work of the Conservancy promotes environmental equity and justice.
- Implement a sustainable funding strategy for the Conservancy’s projects and programs.
- Organize the Conservancy’s structure to align staff resources with the Conservancy’s sources of funding and Strategic Plan objectives.
- Ensure full transparency and accountability, including external communications about the Conservancy’s purposes, actions, and accomplishments.
- Coastal Conservancy Awards Over $26.7 Million for Coastal Protection, Restoration of Bay Wetlands, Beach Wheelchairs, and Explore the Coast programBoard approves funding to support coastal projects and programming Sausalito, CA – Today, the Board of the California State Coastal Conservancy awarded $26.7 million in grants including $20 million for the first phase of the 1,600-acre restoration of Bel Marin Keys Unit V in Novato, funding for beach wheelchairs at 18 coastal sites, and support […] (Read more on Coastal Conservancy Awards...)
- California Sea Otter Fund: Grant Applications Due September 6, 2019The State Coastal Conservancy is now accepting applications for its 2020 Sea Otter Recovery Grants. The grants will be funded by the California Sea Otter Fund, which is one of the state’s voluntary tax check-off funds that allows taxpayers to contribute additional money for use towards the recovery of California sea otter populations. Public agencies […] (Read more on California Sea Otter...)
- Explore the Coast Overnight Project Pre-proposal SolicitationThe California State Coastal Conservancy is excited to announce the Explore the Coast Overnight project pre-proposal solicitation. The Explore the Coast Overnight Program aims to expand opportunities for all Californians to stay overnight and experience the coast. Through this program the Conservancy is now soliciting pre-proposals for planning, design, permitting, and/or construction of lower-cost coastal […] (Read more on Explore the Coast...)