Explore the Coast Grants
Explore the Coast Grant Program
The Conservancy’s Explore the Coast Grant program encourages all Californians to explore and experience our spectacular coast.
There is no minimum grant size but the maximum grant award is $50,000. If funding is available, the Conservancy will offer these grants every year. Since 2013, the Conservancy has awarded over $6 million in 200 separate grants (updated Fall 2019).
Explore the Coast grants fund a wide range of programs that bring people to the coast. Several projects fund transportation for school groups from inland areas to the ocean or San Francisco Bay, particularly people from underserved communities and those with disabilities who otherwise have fewer opportunities to visit the coast. Many projects provide environmental education about the ocean, coast, and San Francisco Bay to K-12 students, targeting schools in low-income communities. This grant program seeks to fund projects that meet one or more of the following priorities:
- Provides a coastal experience for people that may face challenges getting to or enjoying the coast (such as lower-income people, people with disabilities, English as a Second Language (ESL) communities, students from Title 1 schools or others).
- Creates opportunities for people to visit the coast for the first time.
- Provides a valuable recreational, environmental, cultural, or historic learning experience.
- Increases stewardship of coastal resources.
The Explore the Coast Grant Program benefits from the guidance of an Advisory Board, which represents the interests and needs of communities served by this grant program. The Advisory Board counsels Conservancy staff on the application process, review of applications, and ongoing delivery of the Explore the Coast grant program. To learn more about the Advisory Board and its current members, click here.
Funding for Explore the Coast grants comes from the Environmental License Plate Fund, from the Coastal Access Account and other sources.
Programs that teach Californian’s to value the state’s coastal resources or programs that combine education with beach maintenance and habitat restoration projects should also consider applying for a Coastal Commission Whale Tail Grants.
- Request for Disbursement FormThe Request for Disbursement Form can be found here. Please download it, fill it out, and submit the document with an original signature, printed single-sided in Portrait orientation. Please note that because an original signature is required, electronic copies of RFDs will not be accepted. See RFD instructions for more information. Please also refer to the COSTS AND DISBURSEMENTS section of […] (Read more on Request for Disbursement...)
- Grant Application and Award ProcessContact the Regional Manager for your geographic area. They will advise you on submitting an application for ongoing grant programs or for a scheduled grant round with an upcoming deadline. (a). If you are applying for ongoing grant funding, develop a pre-proposal and submit to the Regional Manager. After the pre-proposal is reviewed, you will […] (Read more on Grant Application and...)
- Grant Process InstructionsThe instructions for the Coastal Conservancy grant process can be found here: SCC Instructions Grant Application 2019 (Read more on Grant Process Instructions...)