Coastal Conservancy Grants

State of California Coastal Conservancy

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program, Capital Project, Research

Location of project: California

Location of residency: California

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Overview:

NOTE: Prospective applicants must discuss their projects with Conservancy staff prior to completing or submitting this application.

The Coastal Conservancy helps achieves its mission through awarding grants to partner organizations to undertake projects that further its goals.

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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Eligibility:

  • Eligible applicants:
    • Government agencies (federal, state, local, and special districts) and certain nonprofit organizations are eligible for funding.
    • Eligible nonprofit organizations must exist under the provisions of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
    • Eligibility of nonprofit organizations is defined by whether an organization’s articles of incorporation (and IRS letter) demonstrate that the organization’s purposes are consistent with Division 21 of the Public Resources Code, the Coastal Conservancy’s enabling legislation.
  • Eligible activities: 
    • The Coastal Conservancy may fund property acquisition and project planning, design, and/or construction in accordance with Division 21 of the Public Resources Code.
    • Projects should meet the goals and objectives in the Conservancy’s Strategic Plan, and be consistent with the purposes of the funding source, typically bond funds.
    • In addition, project applications should provide information that will enable consideration of any applicable criteria specified in the Project Selection Criteria and Guidelines established by the Conservancy’s board.
    • Regional planning, research, monitoring, and assessments will generally be considered only when directly tied to the furtherance of on-the-ground projects.
  • Prospective applicants must discuss their projects with Conservancy staff prior to completing or submitting this application.