Small grants for community-based wetland restoration projects with an educational component

The Community Wetland Restoration Grant Program (CWRGP) provides funding annually for community-based restoration projects in coastal wetlands and along coastal streams in the Southern California region.

View the Program and Application Guidelines for the 2019-2020 Community Wetland Restoration Grant Program here to see if your organization and project are eligible and how to apply. The next Program deadline will likely be in early 2020. For any questions, please contact Evyan Sloane of the State Coastal Conservancy at  or 510-286-4162.

The required Application Template can be found here.  After downloading the template and completing the application, please use the Apply button at the bottom of this narrative to upload and submit the application.

The CWRGP’s purpose is to further the wetland recovery goals of the Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project’s (WRP) Regional Strategy 2018; build local capacity to plan and implement wetland restoration projects; promote community involvement in wetland restoration activities; and foster education about wetland ecosystems.  Projects funded through the program must include educational and community involvement elements as strong components of the project.

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

Over the past 17 years, the CWRGP has successfully completed 151 community-based projects with over $ 4 million spent or currently obligated on project implementation.  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 Conservancy, and the Earth Island Institute will be funding the CWRGP for the near future.  The CWRGP welcomes partnerships with agencies, foundations, and individuals to bring new funding and resources to this critical and highly successful program.