WHALE TAIL® Grants help people connect to the California coast and its watersheds through experiential education, stewardship, and outdoor experiences. WHALE TAIL® Grants focus on reaching communities that have historically received fewer marine education and stewardship opportunities, and strive for a broad geographic distribution throughout California.
The California Coastal Commission's WHALE TAIL® Grants fund projects that connect children and the general public to the California Coast and its watersheds through experiential education, stewardship, and outdoor experiences. Eligible project fall into one or more of the following four categories: 1) youth education programs, 2) programs for educating the general public, 3) climate change education and stewardship, 4) shoreline cleanup and enhancement programs. We strongly encourage projects that engage communities that have historically received fewer opportunities for coastal and marine education and stewardship, and applicant organizations based in and composed of the communities they are engaging. Grants can take place anywhere in California, coastal or inland. Interested parties complete and submit a full application by the deadline. Grants up to $50,000 may be awarded, with at least 25% of funds awarded during a cycle for amounts of $20,000 or less. We expect to award around 45 grants during the 2021/2022 funding cycle. Planning grants are not awarded. A walk-through of the application process will take place on zoom on October 6, 2021, 3:30pm.
Applications are due November 5, 2021.
- Public Agency
- Tribal Government
Eligible applicants are non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations, projects of a non-profit fiscal sponsor, schools or districts, government entities, Federally Recognized Tribes and other California Native American Tribes as defined by Governor’s Executive Order B-10-11.
Grant projects must engage audiences within California, with a priority for communities that have historically received fewer opportunities for coastal and marine education and stewardship.
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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