WHALE TAIL® Grants

Portal ID:
2064
Status:
Closed (168 total applications submitted)
Opportunity Type:
  • Grant
Last Updated:
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Details

Purpose:

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.

Description:

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.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Individual
  • Nonprofit
  • 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.

Eligible Geographies:

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.

Important Dates

Application deadline The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantor.
Expected award announcement The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
February 2022
Period of performance The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
up to about 2 years

Funding Details

Total estimated available funding The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
$1,500,000
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.
Dependent
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.
$1 – $50,000
Letter of Intent Required? Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
No
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.
No
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:

Funds come from the purchase of WHALE TAIL® License Plates and donations to the Protect Our Coast and Oceans Fund on the State Tax Form. In 2021 additional funds were allocated from the California state budget.

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)

How to Apply

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

Resources

For questions about this grant, contact:
Annie Kohut Frankel, 1-415-597-5888, Annie.Frankel@coastal.ca.gov