Community Projects

Community Grants

Our Community Projects Program encourages and inspires work that helps to implement at least one Action Plan listed in our Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (or CCMP). The CCMP is the document that helps to guide the Estuary Program’s work to protect and restore Morro Bay.

Although typically applicants may request up to $5,000 in funding for their community project, for the Spring 2019 round of funding, the maximum award amount is $3,800. There are two application cycles each year, and the deadlines for proposals are the first Fridays of March and September. Applicants are notified of their project’s status approximately two months after the deadline.

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 seven 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.

Please note that the application instructions and procedures have changed as of June 2017. Applicants are now required to consult with Estuary Program staff prior to the application deadline regarding proposed projects. Please call us at 805-772-3834.

Community Project Application Guidelines (PDF)
Community Project 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 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.