||The Advancing Nature-Based Adaptation Solutions grant program seeks to support planning, design, permitting, implementation, education, and/or community-based restoration activities to address the risks and impacts of climate change and sea level rise; and to further advance nature-based adaptation solutions to protect and enhance the Marin County bay shoreline and natural resources. These funds can be used to support the following types of projects:
Small to moderate size, high-priority restoration projects located within Marin County that advance regional baylands ecosystem habitat goals, particularly ‘living shoreline' concepts, including restoring native oyster and eelgrass habitats, sand beaches, tidal marshes, and other shoreline habitats;
Education and engagement of the public, especially underserved youth and communities more directly impacted by sea level rise, in restoration efforts, where possible;
Capacity building among critical partners in order to translate scientific data and analysis into practical solutions for broader implementation.These grants are made possible by funding from the Buck Family Fund of the Marin Community Foundation to address the impacts of climate change, specifically sea level rise, and particularly on low-income communities and communities of color in Marin County.
Up to $750,000 is available in 2016 for awards through this competitive grant program. The minimum grant amount is anticipated to be $50,000; the maximum grant amount is anticipated to be $250,000. All applicants must submit a proposal application. The Coastal Conservancy requires a task-based budget and schedule with proposal submissions. Proposals will be evaluated and the top-ranked proposals will be approved in early 2017.