The goal of the Whale Tail Grants Program, an initiative of the California Coastal Commission, is to support projects that teach California’s children the value of the state’s coast, marine life and watersheds. Funded projects should fall into one of the following categories: Adopt-A-Beach programs, youth programs, or programs for the general public. Priority is given to projects that reach communities that are poorly served in terms of marine and coastal education. Applicants may request any amount up to $50,000. The next round of funding will open this summer.
The California Wildlands Grassroots Fund, administered by the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment, supports nonprofit organizations that show a demonstrated ability and commitment to conserve California’s natural landscapes, ecosystems, plants, and wildlife. Grants averaging $1,000 to $3,000 are provided to small nonprofit organizations. Youth groups have benefited, the foundation gave $4,000 to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area Endangered Species Big Year, an environmental education and restoration program for high school students in San Francisco. Deadlines vary by program.