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52 State Funded Projects to Help Public Explore California Beaches and Coast

Published on: October 27, 2013


Pictured is Santa Barbara coast with Goleta Pier in the background. Santa Barbara region received three coastal grants totalling $67,000 for education & outreach programs, and marketing materials to explore Gaviota coast.

The Coastal Conservancy, a California state agency founded in 1976, awarded 52 grants totaling $1.3 million at its October 3, 2013 meeting. With a staff of about 75 and annual budget of $50 million, the agency awarded grants to serve agency goals such as protecting and improving the coastal waters, helping people get to the coast by building trails, stairways, acquiring land and easements, and helping cities revitalize urban waterfronts.

Who got money for what?  Here’s the full list>

  • San Diego County’s Ocean Discovery Institute  got $35,000 for an explorers program giving 3rd through 6th graders exposure to ocean science.
  • Maritime Museum of San Diego got $20,000 to host the Festival of Sail 2014.
  • Crystal Cove Alliance (Orange County) got  $50,000 for SNAP! (Science and Nature at the Park) program.
  • Ocean Institute of Dana Point got $20,000 to host the Toshiba Tall Ships Festival.
  • Heal the Bay got $20,000 for Stoked on the Coast! video contest.
  • KCETLink got $48,000 for Coastal Trail Then & Now – From San Diego to San Luis Obispo, a web-based “Docu-logue”.
  • City of Santa Barbara got $27,000 for web-based coastal education and outreach.
  • Central Coast State Parks Association got $10,000 for transportation for underserved students.
  • McCabe Elementary in Mendota, Fresno County, got $16,853 for field trips.
  • Point San Luis Lighthouse Keepers got $24,000 for multi-media informational materials.
  • Museum Foundation of Pacific Grove got  $20,000 for Long-term Monitoring Program and Experimental Training for Students.
  • Santa Cruz’s O’Neill Sea Odyssey got $10,000 for bus transportation.
  • Santa Cruz County got $20,000 for two Open Streets Santa Cruz County events.
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