Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Grants and Funding Opportunities. California


Grants and Funding



 Climate Action Funding Resource Guide


EPA’s Climate Action Funding Resource Guide was released as a follow-up to its “Investing in America: Climate Action Funding Fair” held last month. Visit the companion webpage here to view funding opportunities from several federal agencies. More information here.


Coastal Habitat Restoration and Resilience Grants


NOAA announced the availability of up to $45 million in funding from IIJA and IRA for projects that will advance coastal habitat restoration and climate resilience priorities of tribes and underserved communities. Learn more about NOAA's restoration and resilience grants here.


BayCAN Funding Tracker

The BayCAN Funding Tracker is a growing database of curated grants especially for the Bay Area's adaptation community from a range of public and private organizations and agencies. The tracker is updated regularly. To share relevant funding opportunities please contact Michael at or Neena at


California Resilience Challenge

Due: Sept. 29, 2023


The California Resilience Challenge is a statewide effort, led by businesses, utilities, and a diverse range of partners, to build local and regional climate resilience and to support a shared vision for a resilient California in the face of increasing climate threats. The Challenge is providing grants for diverse, replicable and innovative climate change adaptation planning projects across California. These projects will reflect California’s diverse geography and showcase leadership in climate change adaptation. The California Resilience Challenge has assembled a Grant Fund of approximately $1 million. The sources of the Grant Fund include businesses and utilities. Read the California Resilience Challenge RFP.


National Adaptation Forum Call for Proposals Deadline Extended!

Due: Sept. 29, 2023


The 6th National Adaptation Forum is taking place in Saint Paul, Minnesota from May 14-16, 2024. The National Adaptation Forum Call for Proposal deadline has been extended to Friday, September 29, 2023. This deadline will not be extended again. Proposals can be submitted on any topic related to climate adaptation. In addition, the Forum Committees and ASAP peer learning groups have identified several Special Session topic areas of particular interest to the Forum. Now is the time to start brainstorming proposal ideas and contacting potential speakers so you'll be ready to submit. Learn more and submit your proposal here.


CAL FIRE Business and Workforce Development Grants 

Due: Sept. 30, 2023


The Wood Products and Bioenergy Team (Wood Products) is part of CAL FIRE’s Climate and Energy Program. Wood Products awards funding for California business and workforce development projects that support healthy resilient forests and the people and ecosystems that depend on them. Two project types are eligible for grant funding: business development and workforce development in California. Research proposals that have the potential to facilitate an immediate benefit to California’s forest-sector businesses and/or workforce will also be considered. Projects may include planning, organizational and business capacity building, and workforce and infrastructure development as components of proposed projects. Learn more and apply for the grant here.


Application period for CalEPA's new Environmental Justice Action Grants Program

Due: Oct. 13, 2023


The California Environmental Protection Agency’s (CalEPA) grant proposal solicitation for the new Environmental Justice Action Grants Program is now open! CalEPA will accept applications from: federally recognized tribes; 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations; and organizations receiving fiscal sponsorship from 501(c)(3) organizations. The CalEPA EJ Action Grants will aim to lift the burden of pollution, natural disasters, and toxic waste for those most vulnerable to their effects. CalEPA will not award more than $300,000 per project, or $500,000 per applicant per fiscal year. Grants may be for up to 24 months. Learn more and apply for the grant here


Landowner Support for Forest Resilience Program

Due: Oct. 21, 2023


USDA announced $150 million in IRA funding to help underserved and small acreage forest landowners connect to emerging voluntary climate markets, aimed at providing economic opportunities for landowners and incentivizing improved forest health and management. The full Notice of Funding Opportunity is available here.


WHALE TAIL® Grants Are Now Open!

Due: Nov. 6, 2023


The California Coastal Commission's WHALE TAIL® Grants support experiential education and stewardship of the California coast and its watersheds. Grant projects can engage youth or adults and can take place anywhere in California. Education and stewardship projects relating to climate change as it impacts the coast and ocean are eligible and encouraged. Shoreline cleanup and coastal habitat restoration projects that have an educational component are also eligible for these grants. Learn more and apply for the grant here.




Investing in Adaptation


Explore adaptation grants and financial analysis resources on the Investing in Adaptation topic page, on the Adaptation Clearinghouse at


The California Grants Portal


The California Grants Portal is an access portal to all grants and loans offered on a competitive or first-come basis by California state agencies.


OPR Federal Grant Resources


The OPR Federal Grant Administrator provides technical assistance and resources for finding, applying, and managing federal grants.


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