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Grants to Local California Governments and Jurisdictions for Coastal Environmental Research and Planning Projects

Local Coastal Program Assistance Grant Program: Competitive Grants


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Funding Source
California Coastal Commission
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Geographic Focus
USA: California

Important Dates
Deadline: 09/16/22 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to California local governments and coastal jurisdictions to develop coastline plans or update existing plans. Funding is intended for research and planning projects that address issues including climate change and sea level rise. The purpose of the grant is to advance coastal resiliency.

Eligible projects are those that are designed to assist local governments in assessing impacts and planning for coastal resiliency, including adapting to the impacts of climate change and sea level rise, and which contain an LCP planning component. Grant funds may be used for technical, economic, policy, and other analyses, feasibility studies, vulnerability assessments, adaptation plans, outreach and coordination efforts, and activities related to LCP adoption and submittal. LCP planning components may include development of a new LCP, a comprehensive LCP update, an LCP amendment (e.g., updates to coastal hazards policies; incorporation of new sea level rise related policies or programs), targeted LCP changes (e.g., changes to LCP policies/zoning to allow for implementation of identified sea level rise adaptation strategies or climate resiliency projects; updates to previously adopted SLR policies in response to continued planning), or similar activities undertaken through a Public Works Plan (PWP) process.

Applications will be evaluated for their ability to advance coastal resiliency efforts in the context of LCP planning. This may include:

  • Completion of technical, economic, policy, or other analyses meant to assist in understanding, planning for, and adapting to climate change and sea level rise, and increasing coastal resiliency, including but not limited to general vulnerability assessments, studies to evaluate impacts based on evolving science (e.g., extreme sea level rise, groundwater change), feasibility and design studies for nature-based adaptation or other specific strategies, and development of monitoring programs
  • Planning work and/or related studies to support development of regional, neighborhood, site, or asset specific adaptation approaches, including phased adaptation/adaptation pathways, such as for a Shoreline Management Plan, a Coastal Hazards Response Plan as required by a Coastal Development Permit, or similar
  • Planning work and/or focused outreach efforts to increase public awareness and participation in climate change and sea level rise planning activities, particularly among vulnerable communities
  • Planning work to address environmental justice concerns, particularly related to climate change and sea level rise planning activities, and to ensure equitable protection of coastal resources and provision of public coastal access and lowercost recreation for everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, or place of residence
  • Completion of land use plan and/or zoning work to achieve certification of a new Local Coastal Program (or an Area of Deferred Certification) or planning and/or zoning work to significantly update certified LCPs (or LCP segments) in whole or in part to provide for coastal resiliency, or to reflect changed conditions, new information and scientific knowledge, new programs and policies, or other significant changed circumstances


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
These grants are intended to provide assistance to local governments responsible for developing and amending Local Coastal Programs, and such local governments must be the primary applicant and grantee. Coastal jurisdictions may also partner together in support of regional planning efforts and/or grant funds may be used to support relevant stakeholder groups to achieve specific project goals. Local governments are eligible to apply for projects that were not previously funded.

Pre-Application Information
The 8th round of the Commission’s competitive LCP Grant Program is now open.
Grant applications are due by Friday, September 16, 2022 at 5 pm.

If the governing body of an applicant cannot adopt a resolution similar to Attachment A of the application by the submission date, the applicant can submit the proposal with a draft resolution, provide a date for when the governing body will consider adoption of the resolution and submit the adopted resolution by 5 pm, Friday, October 28, 2022. All other materials must be submitted by the September 16 deadline. Applications will not be deemed complete until an adopted resolution is received. Applications that do not contain a final, adopted resolution by 5 pm, October 28, 2022 will not be considered for funding.

The Commission anticipates awarding the eighth round of grants in November 2022.

Applications must be emailed or mailed; faxed responses will not be considered.

For supplemental materials, see URL for Full Text (RFP), below.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Term of Contract
Staff anticipates that most projects will be completed by approximately June 30, 2026, though shorter or longer projects will be considered.

Contact Information
Please submit the completed application form, including all attachments, via email to

If you are unable to submit via email, you may mail a CD and hard copy to the Coastal Commission at the address below. Please coordinate with Kelsey Ducklow via email prior to mailing hard copy application materials.
Kelsey Ducklow
California Coastal Commission
455 Market St., Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 904-2335

Questions regarding specific project proposals should be directed to the LCP grant coordinator for the respective County:
For Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino, Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Luis Obispo Counties, please contact Awbrey Yost at:, or call (707) 826-8950.

For Sonoma, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Orange Counties, please contact Brittney Cozzolino at:, or call (415) 904-5271.

For Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, please contact Karen Vu at:, or call (415) 904-5268.

For Los Angeles and San Diego Counties, please contact Mary Matella at:, or call (415) 904-6093

For district-specific questions, please see page 8 of the Application Form, in Supporting Documents, below.

General inquiries may be directed to

California Coastal Commission
455 Market Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94105-2421
(415) 904-5200
Fax (415) 904-5400

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