Community Grants

Community Grants


Community Grants Program encourages and inspires community projects that help implement at least one Action Plan listed in the CCMP, Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan.

Grant applicants may request up to $5,000 in funding. Deadlines for proposal submittals are the first Friday in March and September. Applicants are notified by mid-May and mid-November for each grant cycle.

All projects should seek to:

1.  Engage the community
2.  Create public awareness and participation
3.  Implement an Action Plan from the Management Plan
4.  Use cost-effective measures to implement projects &
5.  Leverage funds through other community partnerships

The Management Plan includes 58 Action Plans which address nine Priority Issues. Applicants are encouraged to review the Management Plan to ensure their proposed projects are relevant to one or more of the Action Plans. Applicants are required to consult with the Morro Bay National Estuary Program staff prior to the application deadline regarding proposed projects. Click here to contact staff about your idea for a community grant proposal.

Please note that the application instructions and procedures have changed as of June 2017.

Community Grant Application Instructions (PDF)
Community Grant Application Cover Sheet (PDF)
Need some ideas? Click here for examples of past funded projects.


If you have ideas for large-scale project partnerships (more than $5,000) with the Morro Bay National Estuary Program to protect and restore the estuary, we’d like to hear them. Please contact us with your idea.


Morro Bay National Estuary Program brings together citizens, local governments, non-profits, agencies, and landowners to protect and restore the Morro Bay estuary.

Protecting and Restoring the Morro Bay Estuary.