California Coastal Conservancy Nonprofit Assistance


Contact Information


The Coastal Conservancy acts with others to preserve, protect and restore the resources of the California Coast. Their vision is of a beautiful, restored and accessible coastline.

Funding Interests

Trails and other public access to and along the coast, natural resource protection and enhancement in the coastal zone or affecting coastal areas, restoration of coastal urban waterfronts, protection of coastal agricultural land, and resolution of land use conflicts.

Geographic Focus


Types of Support

Grants for projects and project management and advice about forming and running a nonprofit.

Grant Size

$10000 to $2000000

Requirements & Limitations

Must be a nonprofit and certified under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code and must have among its principle purposes the preservation of land for educational, recreational and open space opportunities.

Application Process

Call or send an email to the appropriate geographic program coordinator (to the upper right) or, if you have previously worked with another staffer, contact that person. Janet Diehl, the Conservancy's Nonprofit's Program Manager can help you get started. Contact her at (510) 286-4164 or Have the following information ready: 

  • What you want to accomplish. 
  • Where, and what sort or approximate amount of assistance you need. 



Applications are accepted anytime. The Coastal Conservancy's board meets six times per year.

Recent Grants

Grant 1

Grantee: Humboldt County
Amount: $105000
Purpose: Funding was given to remove seven fish-blocking culverts in coastal streams. Once the barriers are removed, about 7.5 miles of spawning area will be opened up to Coho salmon, steelhead trout and cutthroat trout. The project is part of a larger effort by five northwestern California counties, spurred on by groups like California Trout and other advocates, to replace dozens of culverts that hinder fishes' attempts to get upstream and reproduce.

Grant 2

Grantee: Nature Conservancy
Amount: $

Funding was provided for one of the largest conservation deals ever accomplished on the North Coast. The Nature Conservancy and the California Coastal Conservancy created a partnership for the acquisition and permanent protection of the Garcia River Forest in Mendocino County. Under the control of the two conservation organizations, the nearly 24,000-acre landscape will remain a working forest, making the property the first large-scale timber operation owned and operated by a nonprofit environmental group.

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