Coastal Stories grant program

What’s your Coastal Story? How does your community connect to the outdoors? And who carries the untold histories and stories of California?

Through this program, SCC intends to make the outdoors more inclusive and welcoming for all Californians by fostering representation of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), people with disabilities, immigrant communities, low-income communities, and other historically excluded groups in outdoor spaces – through storytelling.  Learn more about the Coastal Stories program here. 

All projects must present a story connected to publicly-accessible outdoor spaces within our jurisdiction in a way that will reach the public. We seek to fund projects that plan, develop, and implement storytelling installations or materials (such as murals, signage, monuments, or guides) that represent communities and voices of historically excluded communities. We encourage proposals for community-led projects that show strong community and landowner partnerships and that use creative forms of historical, ecological, and cultural storytelling.

The Conservancy will hold an informational webinar on Wednesday, February 15, 2023, from 12 PM-1 PM to walk through the Coastal Stories Grant Program and address common questions regarding the application. The registration link for the webinar is through this link.

Funding Agency

State Coastal Conservancy



one million available with most grants likely up to $200,000

Funding Cycle

Application Deadline

March 31, 2023