Climate Ready Grant Program

State of California Coastal Conservancy

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Anticipated deadline: Jul 2, 2019

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in California: Alameda County, Contra Costa County, Del Norte County, Glenn County, Humboldt County Expand all

Location of residency: California

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The California State Coastal Conservancy’s Climate Ready Program is soliciting proposals for projects that use nature-based solutions to adapt to impacts of climate change. These grants seek to encourage local governments and non-governmental organizations to take action to prepare for a changing climate by advancing planning and implementation of projects that lessen the impacts of climate change, especially within disadvantaged communities.

The State Coastal Conservancy has $3.8 million available for Climate Ready grants. There are no set minimum or maximum grant amounts, but the Conservancy anticipates funding 5-10 projects.


The State Coastal Conservancy (“Conservancy”) is a state agency that works with local communities to implement multi-benefit projects that enhance coastal resources.

The Climate Ready program was launched in 2013 to help California communities meet the challenge of a changing climate. The program has awarded grants to more than 40 projects to assist communities in increasing their resilience to climate change impacts such as sea level rise, urban heat islands, extreme weather events, wildfire, and poor air quality. More information and examples of projects that have been funded by the Climate Ready program in the past can be found here

This round of Climate Ready grants is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment– particularly in disadvantaged communities. For more information, visit the California Climate Investments website

Eligible Projects – Purpose of this Solicitation

See full solicitation details here.

The Conservancy seeks to support multi-benefit projects that use natural systems to assist communities in adapting to the impacts of climate change impacts. The unavoidable impacts of climate change are well-documented and include: sea level rise, extreme heat, wildfire, poor air quality, drought, flooding and other extreme weather events.

Climate adaptation is a response to these impacts that reduces their effect on vulnerable communities and the natural resources we all depend upon. This solicitation seeks to support climate adaptation projects, with an emphasis on projects that enhance natural systems and benefit disadvantaged communities.

Examples of the kinds of projects eligible for funding include, but are not limited to:

  • Nature in Cities
    • Projects that create more sustainable and livable communities by improving natural areas and expanding green spaces. These projects can infiltrate storm water, recharge groundwater, improve water quality, sequester carbon, and enhance ecological function of creeks, streams, and wetlands. Projects may reduce urban heat island effects, improve air quality, increase walkability, reduce vehicle miles traveled, and create safe public green spaces and trails.
  • Wetland Restoration
    • Projects that restore coastal and riparian wetlands. These projects can create wildlife habitat, enhance the ability of marsh species to migrate inland, improve recreational opportunities, and improve water quality. Wetland restoration can reduce risk of coastal flooding from sea level rise. Floodplain restoration can reduce river flooding caused by increased storms.
  • Nature-Based Solutions for Shoreline Protection
    • Projects that increase shoreline resilience to sea level rise while restoring ecological function and creating habitat. These projects may involve installation of dunes, relocating development, conserving open space, and subtidal restoration including kelp, eelgrassand oyster beds.
The Conservancy seeks to implement on-the-ground projects, especially projects that can serve as pilots or models for future climate adaptation efforts. Planning grants will be considered when the planning is an essential step to develop a specific project and there is a clear plan for future project implementation.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Nonprofit organizations, tribes and public agencies are eligible for funding.
  • To be eligible, a nonprofit organization must qualify under the provisions of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and the organization’s purposes must be consistent with Division 21 of the Public Resources Code, the Coastal Conservancy’s enabling legislation. 
  • The Conservancy supports projects within coastal draining watersheds, in the entirety of the nine-county Bay Area region, and in the jurisdiction of the Santa Ana River Conservancy.
    • This includes the counties of Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino, Sonoma, Napa, Marin, Solano, Contra Costa, Alameda, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego.
    • A map of the Coastal Conservancy’s jurisdiction is posted here