Small grants for community-based wetland restoration and education projects

View the Program and Application Guidelines for the 2018-2019 Community Wetland Restoration Grant Program here to see if your organization and project are eligible and how to apply. For any questions, please contact Shawn Kelly of Earth Island Institute at or 805-628-9459.

The required Application Template can be found here.  After downloading the template and completing the application, please use the Apply button on the right hand side of this page to submit.

The Community Wetland Restoration Grant Program (CWRGP) is a program of the Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project (WRP) that is jointly managed by the State Coastal Conservancy and Earth Island Institute. The program provides annual funding for community-based restoration projects in coastal wetlands and watersheds in the Southern California region.

The CWRGP helps to further the goals of the WRP Regional Strategy in several ways:  the program builds local capacity to plan and implement wetland restoration projects, promotes community involvement in wetland restoration activities, and fosters education about wetland ecosystems.  Projects funded through the program must include strong educational and community involvement components, and are designed to be completed in one or two years.

Each year, CWRGP solicits proposals from nonprofit organizations, university departments, local government agencies, and other eligible organizations.  Proposals are reviewed by a technical advisory committee that includes staff from the State Coastal Conservancy, Earth Island Institute, the Wildlife Conservation Board, and other WRP partner agencies.  CWRGP typically funds 10 to 12 projects per year with an annual budget of approximately $200,000.

Over the past 16 years, the CWRGP has contributed over $3,500,000 in funding to 150 successfully completed community-based projects.  Initiated by the State Coastal Conservancy, Earth Island Institute funded the CWRGP from 2002-2012. From 2012 to 2014, the State Coastal Conservancy and the Wildlife Conservation Board also funded the CWRGP.  Earth Island Institute continued funding the Program in 2015 and 2016. Going forward, the Wildlife Conservation Board, the State Coastal Conservnacy, and the Earth Island Institute will be funding the CWRGP for the next three years.  The CWRGP welcomes partnerships with agencies, foundations, and individuals to bring new funding and resources to this critical and highly successful program.