Explore the Coast

The California State Coastal Conservancy announces the availability of grants to public agencies, federally-recognized tribes and indigenous communities, and nonprofit organizations for programs that facilitate and enhance the public’s opportunities to explore California’s spectacular coast and San Francisco Bay shoreline.

The ocean, coast, and beaches have long been recognized and used as spaces of joy, relaxation, and healing for many Californians. The ability to experience the coast without fear of physical barriers, feelings of not belonging, or financial challenge is crucial to how individuals cultivate their lifelong connections with the coast. The Explore the Coast grant program seeks to provide enjoyable coastal experiences for people and communities who face challenges or barriers to accessing or enjoying the coast (“ETC Priority Communities”).

ETC Priority Communities may include but are not limited to lower-income individuals and households, people with disabilities, people of color, indigenous communities, immigrant communities, foster youth, and other historically excluded communities who face societal challenges or barriers to accessing or enjoying the coast.

Projects should also meet one or more of the following priorities:

Provide an enjoyable experience at the coast.
Reduce economic, physical, operational, or societal barriers to accessing or enjoying the coast.
Inspires ongoing coastal resource stewardship ethic through active learning and interactive activities.

Approximately $9 million is available for this grant round. Applicants may request a grant amount of up to $200,000 for a 2-year project or $100,000 for a 1-year project.

Funding Agency

California State Coastal Conservancy



up to $200,000 max

Funding Cycle


Application Deadline

February 27, 2023