Coastal Resource and Public Access Program

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  • Grant
  • Loan
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The State Coastal Conservancy issues grants on an on-going basis to non-profit organizations, public agencies, and federally-recognized tribes for projects that restore and protect the California coast, increase public access to it, and increase communities’ resilience to climate change.


The State Coastal Conservancy accepts grant applications on an ongoing basis for projects that benefit public access, natural resources, working lands, and climate resiliency on the California coast.

The Conservancy funds a wide variety of capital improvement projects along the California coast, in the San Francisco Bay Area, along the Santa Ana River, and in coastal watersheds, to increase availability of beaches, parks and trails for the public, protect and restore natural lands and wildlife habitat, preserve working lands, and increase community resilience to the impacts of climate change.

Our jurisdiction runs the length of the California coast and includes the San Francisco Bay Area, the Santa Ana River corridor, and coastal watersheds.

Projects that achieve multiple objectives will receive higher priority for funding. Projects that serve disadvantaged communities, as defined by the funding source, will also receive higher priority for funding.

The Conservancy will fund most stages of a capital improvement project including: pre-project feasibility studies, property acquisition, project planning including community involvement, design, environmental review, permitting, construction, and project-related monitoring. We typically do not fund operation and maintenance activities.

For more information about projects funded by the Conservancy, please visit:

The Conservancy Project Page Map Collaborator Our Board Meeting Archive Our Strategic Plan

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency
  • Tribal Government

The State Coastal Conservancy can make grants to government agencies (federal, state, local, and special districts), federally-recognized tribes, and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations with purposes consistent with Division 21 of the Public Resources Code.

Eligible Geographies:

Our jurisdiction runs the length of the California coast and includes the San Francisco Bay Area, the Santa Ana River corridor, and coastal watersheds.

Matching Funding Requirement:

Matching fund requirements vary by funding source.

Important Dates

Application deadline The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantmaker. Time listed as “00:00” equates to midnight.
Expected award announcement The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
Period of performance The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
Typically 3-4 years.

Funding Details

Total estimated available funding The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
Expected number of awards A single grant opportunity may represent one or many awards. Some grantors may know in advance the exact number of awards to be given. Others may indicate a range. Some may wish to and wait until the application period closes before determining how many awards to offer; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Estimated amount per award Grant opportunities representing multiple awards may offer awards in the same amount or in varied amounts. Some may wish to wait until the application period closes before determining per-award amounts; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Letter of Intent Required? Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
Yes ( see Description for details )
Requires Matched Funding? Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
Funding Source: The funding source allocated to fund the grant. It may be either State or Federal (or a combination of both), and be tied to a specific piece of legislation, a proposition, or a bond number.
  • State

Funding Source Notes:

Propositions 12, 40, 68, 84, Habitat Conservation Fund, and General Fund.

Funding Method: The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Reimbursement(s)

Funding Method Notes:

Funding is disbursed in arrears and requires a complete request for disbursement form.

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.


For questions about this grant, contact: