State and Local Funding Roundup: California

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.

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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