California Consulting Publishes Coastal/Waterways Grants

Coastal/Waterways Grants 

California Ocean Protection Council: SB 1 Grant Program 

Deadline: Track 1 (Pre-planning and Planning) will be due Friday, March 22, June 28th, and  October 4th 2024 at 5:00 p.m. PT 

Track Two proposals (Projects in the Implementation Project Phase) will be accepted through a  competitive process starting in mid-late 2024 

Amount: Track 1: $200,000 - $1,500,000; Track 2: $1,500,000 - $10,000,000 Match: Encouraged, but not required 


In 2021, Governor Newsom signed Senate Bill 1 (Atkins, 2021) into law. Senate Bill 1 (SB 1)  directs the state to provide funding to local and regional governments to develop sea-level rise  (SLR) adaptation plans and implementation projects. In 2022 and 2023, OPC received $37.5  million and $54.5 million respectively to support the implementation of SB 1, with an additional  $10 million anticipated in the 2024-2025 budget. Ultimately, OPC’s SB 1 SLR Adaptation Planning  Grant Program (SB 1 Grant Program) aims to provide funding for coastal communities to develop  consistent SLR adaptation plans and projects to build resilience to SLR along the entire coast of  California and San Francisco Bay. 

SB 1 Grant Program 

The SB 1 Grant Program contains two funding tracks: one for pre-planning and planning phases  (Track One), and one for the project phase (Track Two). 

Track 1 

Track One proposals (projects in the Pre-planning, Data Collection, and Planning Phases) are now  being accepted through a rolling, quarterly process. 

See the SB 1 Grant Program Solicitation (PDF) for details on this funding opportunity. Applicants  must use the SB 1 Track 1 Proposal Template and Instructions (.docx), and be sure to address the  minimum criteria listed in the SLR Adaptation Criteria. 

California Coastal Conservancy 

Deadline: Ongoing 

Amount: There are no maximum or minimum grant amounts for this funding; however, it is  anticipated that most grants will be between $200,000 and $5,000,000. 

Match: No 

The Coastal Conservancy funds a wide variety of projects along the California coast, San  Francisco Bay, and in coastal watersheds to increase availability of beaches, parks and trails for  the public, protect and restore natural lands and wildlife habitat, preserve working lands, and  increase community resilience to the impacts of climate change. 

The Conservancy will fund most stages of a project including: pre-project feasibility studies,  property acquisition, project planning including community involvement, design, environmental 

review, permitting, construction, and project-related monitoring. We do not fund operation and  maintenance activities. 


NOAA: Community-Based Restoration Grant Program 

Deadline: FY2024 NOFO not yet released, but will be sometime soon (est.) Amount: $150,00 to $2,000,000 

URL: restoration-projects 

Match: No matching requirement. However, applicants are strongly encouraged to combine  NOAA Federal funding with formal matching contributions or informal leverage from a broad  range of sources in the public and private sectors to implement restoration. Eligibility: Likeminded organizations from all sectors, including non-profits, state agencies,  tribal organizations, and local governments. 

URL: restoration 

Summary: NOAA’s Community-based Restoration Progeam provides funding and technical  assistance for restoration projects that ensure fish have access to high-quality habitat. The goal of  these projects is to recover and sustain fisheries—particularly those species managed by NOAA  Fisheries, or those listed as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Since  its start in 1996, the Community-based Restoration Program has contributed technical assistance  and nearly $217 million to more than 2,200 coastal habitat restoration projects. These projects  have restored more than 93,000 acres of habitat and opened more than 4,300 stream miles for  fish migration. Projects range from improving access to habitat by restoring coral reefs to  rebuilding coastal wetlands. NOAA most typically supports implementing priority habitat  restoration actions that have already been identified in applicants’ recovery plans for threatened  and endangered species. In addition to benefiting fisheries, habitat restoration yields community  and economic benefits such as increased coastal resiliency, commercial and recreational  opportunities, decreased safety hazards, and reduced maintenance costs. NOAA also offers  technical support in navigating project planning and design, environmental compliance, project  management, monitoring, etc. to help our partners overcome technical challenges and build  solutions that boost fish populations, recover threatened and endangered species, and support  resilient coastal communities. 

California State Water Resources Control Board: Facilities Planning Grant Program Deadline: Spring 2024 (est.) 

Amount: The grant amount will be established in the financing agreement. 

i. The grant will be based on the reasonable, estimated construction cost1 for the project unless  the final construction cost for the project is known at the time the financing agreement is  executed.  

ii. The grant will be established as 35 percent of the reasonable, estimated construction cost for  the project or the final construction cost for the project, if known at the time the financing  agreement is executed, up to the maximum established by the State Water Board in the CWSRF  IUP or as otherwise limited by the State Water Board.  

iii. The grant amount will not be increased or decreased after it is established in the financing  agreement, provided the project is completed.  

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The Water Recycling Funding Program (WRFP) provides grants to assist public agencies with  facilities planning studies to determine the feasibility of using recycled water to offset the use of  fresh/ potable water from the state and/ or local supplies.  

U.S. Department of Transportation: Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP) Deadline: Spring 2024 (est.) 

Amount: min $1mil, no max 

Match: Yes infrastructure-development/2019-port-1 

The PIDP statute, codified at 46 U.S.C. 54301, establishes the port and intermodal improvement  program to improve the safety, efficiency, or reliability of the movement of goods through ports  and intermodal connections to ports. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (Pub. L. 117- 58, November 15, 2021) (“Bipartisan Infrastructure Law” or “BIL”) appropriated $450 million to  the PIDP for FY 2023 to make discretionary grants for eligible PIDP projects. The Consolidated  Appropriations Act, 2023 (Pub. L. 117-328, December 29, 2022) (“FY 2023 Appropriations  Act”) appropriated an additional $212,203,512 for the FY 2023 PIDP, for a total of  $662,203,512 appropriated to PIDP in FY 2023. MARAD intends to retain up to two percent of  this funding ($13,244,070.24) for grant administration and oversight as permitted under 46  U.S.C. 54301(a)(11)(A) 

Division of Boating and Waterways: Pumpout/Dump Station Installation Grant Deadline: June 30, 2024 (est.) 

Amount: $6,000 

Match: Yes – 25% 

Eligibility: Public and private marina owners 


Summary: The Pumpout Facility Grant Program funds the operation and maintenance of  pumpout and dump stations on Caifornia’s Waterways. 

PG&E Better Together: Nature Positive Innovation 

Deadline: June 30th, 2024 (est.)

Amount: $100,000 

Match: Varies communities/ 

The Better Together Nature Positive Innovation grant program, funded by The PG&E  Corporation Foundation (Foundation), is requesting proposals of $100,000 to fund five projects  (one in each region of PG&E’s service area) in 2023 that address a specific environmental  stewardship focus area: 

● Land Stewardship 

● Air Quality 

● Water Stewardship 

CA DWR- Dam Safety and Enhancements Grant Program 

Deadline: Release TBD- Late May or June 2024 

Amount: There is currently $47.5 million available for this program with grant amounts TBD.  Match: 50% (Local cost share reduction up to 30%)  

Eligibility: Any California public agency, nonprofit organization, public utility agency, mutual  water company, or private entity that owns a state jurisdictional dam and associated facilities. The Dam Safety and Climate Resilience Local Assistance Program (DSCR) provides State  funding for repairs, rehabilitation, enhancements, and other dam safety projects at existing State  jurisdictional dams and associated facilities that were in service prior to January 1, 2023. This  program was established in June 2023 through Senate Bill 122. The program was originally  introduced during the public comment period as the Dam Safety and Enhancements (DSE)  program. DWR has reverted to the original program name as stated in Senate Bill 122: Dam  Safety and Climate Resilience Local Assistance Program. There is currently $47.5 million  available for this program. 

DSCR projects should provide some or all of the following public benefits. They are listed below  in order of priority:  

1. Protection of public safety. 

2. Restoration of water storage. 

3. Flood risk reduction. 

4. Enhancement of water supply reliability. 

5. Enhancement, protection, or restoration of habitat for fish and wildlife. 6. Protection of water quality. 

DSCR projects eligible to receive funding under the program include the following: - Dam repairs to allow water storage to full capacity. 

- New spillway and spillway repair projects at existing dams. 

- Dam and reservoir seismic retrofit projects. 

- Enhancement of water supply and downstream flood risk reduction such as  implementation of Forecast-Informed Reservoir Operations. 

- One-time projects to remove sediment resulting from wildfires or extraordinary storm  events. 

- Improvements to appurtenances to address dam safety-related deficiencies identified by  the department.

No funds shall be awarded for raising dams, increasing reservoir space, or otherwise increasing  water impoundment. 

Additional Eligibility Criteria  

- Projects should address dam safety related deficiencies and deficiencies that have  resulted in reservoir restrictions being implemented 

- Projects must take into account the current and future impacts of climate change,  including the economic damages and financial liabilities associated with those impacts,  when planning, designing, building, operating, maintaining, and investing in state  infrastructure, per Public Resources Code section 71155. 

- Projects must promote State planning priorities, which are intended to promote equity,  strengthen the economy, protect the environment, and promote public health and safety in  the State, including in urban, suburban, and rural communities, as detailed in Government  Code § 65041. 

- Projects must provide workforce education and training, contractor, and job opportunities  for disadvantaged communities, where practicable.  

- Commit to provide operation and maintenance of the project for the expected life of the  dam following completion of repairs, rehabilitation, or enhancements.  

- Act in accordance with the state’s dam safety program 

California Division of Boating and Waterways: Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) Deadline: August 2024 (est.) 

Amount: Up to $300,000 for Tier I, up to $1.5 M for Tier II 


● Enhance access to recreational, historic, cultural and scenic resources 

● Strengthen community ties to the water’s edge and economic benefits 

● Promote public/private partnerships and entrepreneurial opportunities 

● Provide continuity of public access to the shore 

● Promote awareness of transient boating opportunities 

CCC: Explore the Coast 2024 

Deadline: January 2025 

Amount: up to $100,000 

Match: Not Required 

Eligibility: Public agencies, federally recognized tribes, and nonprofit organizations are eligible  for funding. To be eligible, a nonprofit organization must qualify under the provisions of Section  501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Other community-based organizations and tribes or  California Native American communities that are not federally recognized may apply with a  501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor. 


Summary: Applicants should apply for projects that aim to start in late 2024 or early 2025 and  aim to be completed by December 2027. The Conservancy will base the size of the award on  each project’s needs, its overall benefits, and the extent of competing demands for funds. The California State Coastal Conservancy (Conservancy) announces the availability of grants to  public agencies, federally recognized tribes and California Native American 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. Furthermore, joyful memories of the coast can organically inspire stewardship.  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").  

Division of Boating and Waterways: Shoreline Erosion Control Grant Program Deadline: February 2025 

Amount: $100,000 to $1 million 

Match: Yes - 50% 

Eligibility: Federal, state, regional and local government agencies by providing funding for  projects that stop or reverse the impact of erosion on California’s shoreline. URL: 

Summary: This shoreline erosion control grant will provide funding to study problems of beach  erosion, while constructing projects that stabilize beaches and shoreline areas either through the  strategic placement of sand or via hard structures like seawalls, groins, and rock revetments in  concentrated areas to protect vital public infrastructure. 

Division of Boating and Waterways: Public Beach Restoration Grant Program Deadline: February 2025 

Amount: $100,000 to $1 million 

Match: Yes - 15% 

Eligibility: Local, regional, state, and federal government agencies located on the open coastline  or within the San Francisco Bay. 


Summary: The Public Beach Restoration Grant Program helps to fund restoration,  enhancement, and nourishment of public beaches through the cost-effective engineered  placement of sand on the beach or in the nearshore environment. Carefully planned beach  restoration can minimize the erosive forces of ocean waves to protect vital public infrastructure  and accommodate the recreational needs of visitors to California’s beaches. 

Boat Launching Facility 2023/2024 Grant 

Deadline: February 2025 

Amount: $7 Million Average 

Match: No 


Funds engineering, construction, inspection, permits, construction contingencies, and other  project related costs. 

CA Division of Boating & Waterways' Ramp Repair and Modification Grant Program Estimated Deadline: February 2025 

Amount: Up to $1.5M 

Eligibility: Public boat launching facilities that are owned/operated/maintained by local  government agencies and who have been previously funded DBW 

Match Requirement? No ramp-repair-and-modification-grant-program 

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The Statewide Ramp Repair and Modification Grant Program provides grant funding to public  agencies to quickly restore safe and convenient public boating access by correcting public health  and safety issues caused by unexpected damage due to flood, accidents, wildfires or by extending  existing boat ramps as needed due to drought conditions at DBW-funded boat launching  facilities. Typical grant-funded items include repairing or replacing boat ramps, boarding floats,  restroom and parking facilities for vehicles with boat trailers. 

California Coastal Conservancy: Coastal Stories Grant Program 

Deadline: March 2025 

Amount: Up to $175,000 

Eligibility: Federally recognized tribes or tribally led nonprofits, nonprofit organizations, and  public agencies are eligible for funding. To be eligible, a nonprofit organization must qualify under  the provisions of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Other community-based  organizations and tribes that are not federally recognized may apply with a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor. Match: there is no threshold or minimum requirement for matching contributions. 

These are the priorities of the Coastal Stories grant program: 

● Promote a sense of belonging in outdoor spaces by presenting perspectives that include  BIPOC and/or other historically excluded communities. 

● Engage representatives of BIPOC and/or other historically excluded communities to  develop and share their coastal perspectives and stories. 

● Improve educational content in California’s outdoor spaces by correcting one-sided  histories, retelling stories in more appropriate and inclusive ways, and developing new  content that shares untold stories. 

● Use creative forms of interpretation and storytelling. 

We will fund planning and preparation activities such as hiring historians/ storytellers/ artists,  community engagement, designing materials, acquiring permits and permissions, and  installation, creation, or implementation of project. Please see our Inclusive Interpretive Material  Guidelines for specific suggestions on producing inclusive content. 

Videos from the Onboarding webinar on how to manage your Coastal Stories grant can be found  here.  

National Coastal Resilience Fund 

Deadline: Spring 2025 

Amount: For planning and design projects, estimated average awards are typically in the range  of $100,000 to $1 million. For RestorationImplementation projects, average awards are typically  in the range of $1 million to $10 million. Larger scale and/or higher impact projects are  prioritized across all project categories. 

Match: Not required, but encouraged The National Coastal Resilience Fund restores, increases and strengthens natural infrastructure to  protect coastal communities while also enhancing habitats for fish and wildlife. Established in  2018, the National Coastal Resilience Fund invests in conservation projects that restore or  expand natural features such as coastal marshes and wetlands, dune and beach systems, oyster  and coral reefs, forests, coastal rivers and floodplains, and barrier islands that minimize the  impacts of storms and other naturally occurring events on nearby communities. 

Surrendered and Abandoned Vessel Exchange (SAVE) 

Deadline: April 2025 

Amount: Reimbursement  

Match: Yes, 10% 

The SAVE grant program is designed to remove, reduce and prevent abandoned recreational  vessels from entering our waterways. Administered by the California State Parks Division of  Boating and Waterways (DBW), grants are awarded annually to qualified local public agencies  statewide. The SAVE program, formerly called the Abandoned Watercraft Abatement Fund and  the Vessel Turn In Program enacted in 1998 and 2010 respectively, has provided millions of  dollars in grants and has successfully removed thousands of vessels. 

Division of Boating and Waterways: Boating Safety & Enforcement Equipment Grant  (BSEE) 

Deadline: April 2025 

Amount: $12,000 to $148,000 

Match: No 

Eligibility: Local government agencies who can demonstrate a need for boating safety and law  enforcement equipment pursuant to the application assessment criteria. Grants are for local  boating safety and law enforcement only. 


Summary: Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) provides grants to local government  agencies to purchase boating safety and law enforcement equipment through the Boating Safety 

and Enforcement Equipment Grant Program (BSEE). Examples of allowable marine patrol  enforcement equipment: 

● Law Enforcement Patrol Boats 

● Marine Patrol Equipment 

● Personal Watercraft (PWC) 

● Search and Rescue Equipment 

● Dive Gear 

● Engines, repowers, and replacements