Technical Assistance

The Coastal Conservancy staff is here to help your project succeed.  We have developed a number of tools and resources for applying for grants, managing grants, and delivering your project.

Applying for Grants

Information on the Conservancy’s Grant Programs can be found here.  The Conservancy regularly hosts webinars on accessing our funding. Sign up for our mailing list here to be notified when these webinars are scheduled.

The Conservancy regularly hosts webinars on how to access our funding. The most recent webinar was held in September 2023. Please see the Conservancy’s Funding Webinar, slides, and Q&A document linked in this text for details on how to access funds via our grant programs. For more information about our grant programs, please visit the Conservancy’s Grants page.

For information on how to access other sources of funding, please view the State, Federal, and Regional Funding Forum webinar that the Coastal Conservancy participated in with  the EPA, NOAA, and the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority in May of 2023.

For assistance on writing a successful grant application, please view the Conservancy’s  grant writing skills webinar and also review our Strategic Plan and then our Project Selection Criteria pages to check that you project idea is a good fit for Conservancy funding.

We also offer consultations on project ideas. To request a  consultation, please contact a Regional Manager in the location(s) that your project will occur (North Coast, SF Bay Area, Central Coast, and South Coast) using the information on the Contact Us page. Please note the counties that are listed within each region to determine the best contact.

Please sign up for our mailing list to be notified when webinars are scheduled and when Requests for Proposals are released for the Conservancy’s grant programs.

Managing your Grant

Following each Board meeting, the Conservancy hosts an onboarding webinar for new grantees.  After your grant funding has been approved by the Board, you will be invited to one of these webinars. A recording of a Grantee Onboarding webinar from January 2024 can be found here.

Below are recordings from a 2021 Coastal Stories grant program onboarding that give useful guidance for managing most SCC grants.  Detailed guidance can be found in the Grantee Manual.

  1. Grant Agreement
  2. Conditions Precedent
  3. Notice to Proceed
  4. Work Program
  5. Work Program Budget
  6. Plan for Acknowledgment
  7. How to Get Paid – Invoicing
  8. Progress Reports
  9. Request for Disbursement (RDF)
  10. Backup Documentation – Materials, Equipment, and Travel
  11. Backup Documentation – Subcontractors
  12. Project Completion


Making your Project a Success

Please stay in touch with your Conservancy Grant Manager throughout your project.  The documents below aim to help you understand and meet our expectations.

Tips for Meaningful Community Engagement

Tips for Equitable Workforce Development in Environmental Conservation Projects


Materials in Spanish/ Recursos y Documentos en Español

Several of the Conservancy’s key documents are available in Spanish here:

Recursos y Documentos en Español

La agencia estatal para la Conservación de la Costa (Coastal Conservancy) está al servicio de todos los californianos. La mayor parte de la información y los materiales de nuestro sitio web están escritos en inglés, lo que no refleja la diversidad lingüística de nuestro estado. Para obtener información en otros idiomas distintos del inglés, póngase en contacto con


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