Whale Tail Grants

WHALE TAIL grants support programs that teach California’s children and the general public to value and take action to improve the health of the state’s coast and ocean. Adopt-A-Beach programs, as well as other beach maintenance and coastal habitat restoration projects that have an educational component, are also eligible for these grants. WHALE TAIL grants focus on reaching communities that are poorly served in terms of marine and coastal education.

Projects must relate to the coast and ocean and may fall into one or more of the following categories: 1) youth education programs, 2) programs for educating the general public or adults, 3) climate change education and stewardship, 4) shoreline cleanup and enhancement programs (such as Adopt-A-Beach). Projects that engage communities who have historically received fewer opportunities for coastal and marine education and stewardship, and applicant organizations based in and composed of the communities they are engaging are encouraged.

Grant cycles are announced in September.  This 2023 November date is based on past years.  Check their website for latest information.

Funding Agency

California Coastal Commission




max 50,000

Funding Cycle


Application Deadline

November 3, 2023