CA - Explore the Coast grant program

The California State Coastal Conservancy (Conservancy) announces the availability of grants to public agencies, tribes and nonprofit organizations for programs that facilitate and enhance the public’s opportunities to explore California’s spectacular coast. The Explore the Coast grant program seeks to provide coastal experiences for people and communities who face challenges or barriers to accessing or enjoying the coast (“ETC Priority Communities”).

ETC Priority Communities may include but are not limited to lower-income individuals and households, people with disabilities, people of color, immigrant communities, foster youth, and others.

This grant program seeks to fund projects that meet one or more of the following priorities:

  • Provides an enjoyable experience at the coast.

  • Reduces economic, physical, operational, or societal barriers to accessing or enjoying the coast.

  • Inspires ongoing coastal resource stewardship ethic through active learning and interactive activities.

Approximately $1,400,000 will be awarded in this grant round. There is no minimum grant amount; the anticipated maximum grant amount is $50,000.

Applications must be submitted via email to by Monday, March 30, 2020.

We recommend potential applicants review this linked Sample Grant Terms document when considering applying for Explore the Coast Grants.

The Conservancy will hold a webinar on Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 11 am – 12 pm to walk through the Explore the Coast Grant Program and address common questions regarding the application. Potential project applicants are encouraged to attend. If you want to attend the informational webinar, please register at this link.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to discuss their projects with Conservancy regional managers prior to submitting applications. Contact us if you think you may need grant writing assistance.

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