The California State Coastal Conservancy awarded over $7 million to 15 projects to protect and restore the California coast and San Francisco Bay, and increase public access to these natural resources.
Included in the awards were 21 Explore the Coast grants to nonprofit organizations and public agencies. Now in its seventh round, the conservancy’s Explore the Coast grant program funds programs that give unique coastal experiences to communities that face barriers to access.
Staff estimates that the 21 projects funded in the 2020-21 Explore the Coast grant program will engage over 8,000 people through field trip projects. Of these 8,000, project partners estimate that the program will serve over 7,500 low-income Californians, 6,800 people of color, approximately 3,000 people for whom English is not their first language, and at least 400 people with disabilities.
All programs will follow COVID-19 safety precautions.