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Grants to California Nonprofits and Agencies to Mitigate
the Impact of Climate Change in Eligible Regions

Climate Ready Grant

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California State Coastal Conservancy

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07/01/19 11:59 PM Receipt


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Grants to California nonprofit organizations, tribes, and government agencies for projects to lessen the impact of climate change along California’s coast and in San Francisco Bay. Priority will be given to projects including managed retreat, living shorelines, natural shoreline infrastructure, and habitat enhancement. Funding is intended to encourage local governments and non-governmental organizations to prepare for a changing climate by advancing planning and implementation of projects that lessen the impacts of climate change. The Conservancy is prioritizing projects located in and benefitting a low-income or disadvantaged community.

When current and future conditions prevent adequate function of infrastructure, managed retreat strategies are employed to relocate the infrastructure and proactively protect communities. The Conservancy expects to fund planning or implementation of public infrastructure retreat or removal projects.

Through the Climate Ready Program, the Conservancy is seeking projects that will increase shoreline resilience to sea level rise, with priority given to those that restore ecological function and create habitat. These projects may involve installation of dunes, wetland restoration, conservation of open space, and subtidal restoration including kelp, eelgrass and oyster beds.

Managed retreat projects that will be considered by the Conservancy include but are not limited to active infrastructure relocation, disused structure removal, or replacement of hard-surfaced stabilization techniques with living shorelines. Examples include removing and relocating a section of road or bike path currently prone to high tide flooding, or removal of buildings to provide for wetland restoration.

The Conservancy will consider planning projects as well as implementation of on-the-ground projects, especially projects that can serve as pilots or models for future climate adaptation efforts.

Funding Requirements:
Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund Requirements: In order to meet GGRF’s legislative purposes, projects must facilitate the achievement of reductions of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and further the purposes of the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 and related statutes.

Disadvantaged or Low-Income Communities: Approximately 35 percent of the total funds will support projects that are located in and provide benefits to disadvantaged or low-income communities. Benefits to disadvantaged and low-income communities must be clearly identified in the proposed project.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 148360

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Number of Grants:

The Conservancy anticipates funding 3-5 projects.

Estimated Size of Grant:

There are no set minimum or maximum grant amounts.

Term of Contract:

Applicants should assume that their project could start as early as January 2020. Funds must be spent by March 1, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit organizations, federally recognized tribes, and public agencies are eligible for funding. To be eligible, a nonprofit organization must qualify under the provisions of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and the organization’s purposes must be consistent with Division 21 of the Public Resources Code, the Coastal Conservancy’s enabling legislation.

The Coastal Conservancy requires that all nonprofit organizations complete a pre-award questionnaire every two years. The purpose of this questionnaire is to help ensure that the non-profit organizations have adequate fiscal controls to receive and manage state grant funds. The Conservancy seeks to identify potential issues prior to awarding a grant to ensure grantees have procedures in place at the start of a grant project.

Eligible Project Locations
The Conservancy’s jurisdiction is set forth in Division 21 of the Public Resources Code. Generally, the Conservancy supports projects within coastal draining watersheds, the entirety of the nine-county Bay Area region, and in the jurisdiction of the Santa Ana River Conservancy Program. Projects may be located in counties such as Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino, Sonoma, Napa, Marin, Solano, Contra Costa, Alameda, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego.

Pre-Application Information:

The proposal solicitation period for this round of funding will be from April 25th until July 1st, 2019. Grant applications must be submitted during the solicitation period. Grant applications must be received by 11:59 pm on July 1, 2019.

The Board meeting at which projects will be considered is anticipated to be in December 2019. The Conservancy will notify applicants whether their project is being recommended for funding in the fall of 2019.

The Conservancy reimburses grantees for expenses after they are incurred. This means the grantee will have to cover the costs of the project between the time the expenses are incurred and they get paid by the Conservancy

Applicants are welcome to consult with Conservancy staff during the project solicitation period, prior to submitting their applications. Pre-proposal consultation will be available to any potential applicant but is not required. Conservancy staff will be available to discuss projects and proposal-related questions, but they will not be able to review full proposals before they are submitted.

For a consultation, please email a short description of your project (1-2 paragraphs including specific location information) and a consultation request to appropriate Regional Manager.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Completed applications should be emailed to

If you are unable to email your application, you may send the electronic files on a CD or other common electronic storage device. Mail the files to:
State Coastal Conservancy
1515 Clay Street Suite 1000
Oakland, CA 94612

Questions about the application or process may be directed to
Dan Hossfeld
Climate Ready Sea Grant Fellow

The Regional Managers are listed from North to South:

North Coast - Del Norte County to coastside Sonoma and Marin Counties:
Karyn Gear

San Francisco Bay Area - Nine Bay Area Counties, excluding the coastside of Sonoma, Marin, and San Mateo Counties:
Matt Gerhart

Central Coast - Coastside San Mateo County to Santa Barbara County:
Trish Chapman

South Coast - Ventura County to San Diego County:
Megan Cooper

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