California Coastal Conservancy Climate Ready Grant Program

The California Coastal Conservancy’s Climate Ready program focuses on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, protecting coastal resources, and preparing communities along the coast and within the San Francisco Bay for the current and future impacts of climate change. The 4th round of grants are offered in the form of Technical Assistance to help vulnerable communities develop Climate Ready Projects. The purpose of this grant program is to increase the resilience of communities along the coast of California or in the San Francisco Bay Area that lack capacity due to systemic inequities. 

CA SB 1066 effective January 1, 2013 gave the Coastal Conservancy explicit authority to work with its partners on projects to address the effects of climate change, including those that:

  • prepare our communities for extreme weather events, sea level rise, storm surge, beach and bluff erosion, salt water intrusion, and flooding;
  • address threats to coastal communities, natural resources and infrastructure; and
  • reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The Coastal Conservancy provides funding for 'Climate Ready' projects. Climate Ready grants can support a wide range of activities including vulnerability assessments, development and implementation of adaptation strategies, science-based scenario planning, and demonstration projects that help inform others about successful and cost-effective adaptation strategies. The funded projects are expected to maximize public benefits to the coast while reducing greenhouse gas emissions, reducing hazards that threaten coastal communities or public infrastructure, preserving and enhancing coastal wetlands and other natural lands, conserving biodiversity and providing recreational opportunities that support greenhouse gas reduction goals.

Through three Climate Ready Grant rounds, the Conservancy has awarded $7.3 million for 42 projects; as well as the Conservancy is working on dozens of other Climate Ready Projects focused on sea level rise adaptation planning, natural infrastructure, rangeland and agricultural adaptation, carbon sequestration, and urban greening.  

Local Coastal Program Sea Level Rise Grants are funded by the Ocean Protection Council and administered by the Coastal Conservancy and the Coastal Commission. The purpose of these grants is to provide resources to update Local Coastal Programs and other plans under the Coastal Act to address future impacts of sea level rise.

Example adaptation pilot projects from the Climate Ready program include the San Pedro Creek Restoration (Pacifica State Beach Managed Retreat), Surfer's Point Managed Retreat Project, and San Francisco Bay Living Shorelines.  



Publication Date: 2017

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