Division of Boating and Waterways Public Beach Restoration Program FY21

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Closed (9 total applications submitted)
Opportunity Type:
  • Grant
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The restoration, enhancement, and nourishment of public beaches through the cost-effective engineered placement of sand on the beach or in the nearshore environment.


The Public Beach Restoration Grant Program was created in 1999 via the Public Beach Restoration Act (Harbors and Navigation Code 69.5-69.9, AB64–Ducheny). Carefully planned beach restoration can minimize the erosive forces of ocean waves to protect vital public infrastructure and accommodate the recreational needs of visitors to California’s beaches. This program is also consistent with the California Natural Resources Agency’s Shoreline Erosion Protection Policy (1978) favoring beach nourishment as a method of erosion control.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Public Agency

Local, regional, state, and federal government agencies.

Eligible Geographies:

Projects must be on the open coastline or within the San Francisco Bay.

Matching Funding Requirement:

DBW can fund up to 85 percent of non-federal costs for projects at non-state beaches. DBW can fund up to 100 percent of the non-federal costs for projects at state beaches. (Harbors and Navigation Code sections 69.6(a)(4-5).) However, DBW cannot fund projects located entirely on state beaches through this program; such projects must go through the capital outlay process instead.

Important Dates

The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantmaker. Time listed as “00:00” equates to midnight.
The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
3 Years

Funding Details

The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
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.
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.
$40,000 – $1,500,000
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another 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:

There is no predetermined amount of funds or number of awards that will be available through this program in any fiscal year. Projects are approved and funded individually through the annual state budget process.

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:

DBW will not reimburse grantees prior to satisfactory completion of work unless a federal project participant requires advance payment.

How to Apply

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


For questions about this grant, contact:
Casey Caldwell, 1-916-327-1787, casey.caldwell@parks.ca.gov