Coastal Conservancy Grants

Lake Merritt Sailboat Center

Photo: Mary Small

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.

Grant Opportunities

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.

Strategic Plan Goals

  • 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.

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