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  Explore the Coast Advisory Board Applications due Jan 22!
January 8, 2021

Application Deadline Extended - Due Jan 22, 2021

We are still accepting applications for our Explore the Coast Advisory Board!

Started in 2019, the Explore the Coast Advisory Board guides and provides input to the State Coastal Conservancy’s Explore the Coast (ETC) grant program. The program seeks to provide coastal experiences for people and communities who face challenges to accessing or enjoying the coast. Over the past seven years, this program has distributed over $6.4 million through nearly 218 ETC grants throughout California to connect more people to state’s spectacular coastal resources.

Time Commitment
We are asking Advisory Board members to commit to at least one two-year term on the board. The level of commitment over the course of each year includes:

  • Participation in three 2-hour planning phone calls (including an initial orientation call)
  • Spending approximately 10 hours of personal time reviewing grant applications prior to the review meeting
  • Participation in the ETC grant proposal review meeting (while in-person participation is preferred, if an advisory board member cannot participate in person, arrangements will be made for them to participate by phone or zoom)


The Coastal Conservancy will offer an annual stipend of $350 to Advisory Board members who need financial assistance to participate.

Desired Qualifications
Coastal Conservancy staff seek Advisory Board members from across California who reflect the state’s diversity (including racial, ethnic, income, gender, language, and physical ability diversity), and with expertise in the following areas:

Designing and implementing culturally relevant programming for populations that may face barriers to accessing the coast (including communities of color, Native American communities, low-income communities, or persons with physical disabilities)

  • Outdoor recreation
  • Environmental education or youth leadership programs
  • Environmental equity
  • Community engagement
  • Monitoring and evaluation of non-profit programming

To avoid a conflict of interest, Advisory Board members cannot be employees or board members of current or prospective Explore the Coast grant recipient organizations. Advisory Board members that have another form of close relationship with an ETC grantee will be asked to recuse themselves from discussion of that organization’s application(s).


To Apply:
For more information, please visit the full Call for Applications here.

If interested, please fill out this linked application by January 22, 2021. Please be aware that your submittal will be a public record subject to disclosure under the Public Records Act.

If you have questions about the ETC Advisory Board and would like more information to help you decide whether to apply, please contact Fanny Yang, Project Development Analyst, at

California State Coastal Conservancy | 1515 Clay Street, 10th Floor, Oakland, CA 94612



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