Hello! Coastal Fund is updating its grant application and process ahead of our Fall 2021 grant cycle. Please contact Sarah at sarahs (at) as.ucsb.edu if you are preparing an application and have questions.

Announcement from the Board regarding COVID-19 and our Spring 2021 Grant Cycle:

To our friends and partners,

The Coastal Fund Board recognizes that current national and global conditions are both worrisome and uncertain, and that it may be some time before we return to a level of normalcy. The majority of UCSB classes, staff, and faculty are operating remotely through at least the fall quarter. We at the Coastal Fund are trying to move forward and remain as flexible as possible.

Keeping that in mind, Coastal Fund is still holding the Spring 2021 grant cycle with some changes. Refer to the deadlines listed below for applying, but for the foreseeable future all meetings and grant presentations will be conducted via Zoom to maintain social distancing and to accommodate members who are not staying near campus this quarter. Because we will not be meeting in person, we encourage applicants to submit any additional supplemental material they feel might be helpful along with their applications; we will enable screen-sharing as needed during presentations for applicants who would like to present slides or other visuals during the meetings. Meetings will be held Tuesday evenings per usual. 

In addition, Coastal Fund will continue to work with our partners who have already received funding and either need to adjust their project scope or timeline due to local restrictions. Please contact us with any questions. 

Further, for the winter quarter, our Coastal Service Program will be on hiatus in order to keep our students and partners safe. 

We thank everyone for their efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19, and will share updates on when we can begin reconvening in person.

For questions, contact coastalfund(at)as.ucsb.edu or sarahs(at)as.ucsb.edu.

Spring Major Funding Applications are due April 9, 2021

This application is intended for proposals seeking more than $1,000. If seeking $1,000 or less, please see Minor Funding Protocol. While Coastal Fund does not set a limit on the amount of funding an applicant may request, applicants should note that we typically allocate $150,000 amongst 15-20 projects each quarter and most projects funded through our Major Grant program range from $3,000 to $15,000.

** All grant applications and related forms can be submitted to coastalfund(at)as.ucsb.edu **

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Major Funding Application
Budget Worksheet
Reallocation Request
Extension Request
Intern Evaluation
Major Funding Final Report

Eligibility requirements:

  1. Requested amount must be more than $1000.
  2. Project must advance the Coastal Fund Mission and take place within the Santa Barbara watershed.
  3. Project must be overseen or sponsored by UCSB, a registered non-profit or a government agency.

Applying for a Major Funding grant:

  1. Check the Funding Guidelines and Cycles pages for information on our policies, the current funding cycle and our virtual workshop.
  2. Attend a Grant Application Workshop (optional) to learn about Coastal Fund and its policies and funding priorities, and helpful tips for preparing your application. Workshop times are listed on the Funding Cycles page. If you are unable to attend a workshop, you can view the power point presentation file we use here. ** During the pandemic and Coastal Fund’s remote operations, we have provided a virtual grant workshop here **
  3. Fill out the Major Funding Application and Budget Worksheet and submit both to coastalfund(at)as.ucsb.edu along with the sponsoring organization’s most recent 990 (not needed for UCSB entities or government agencies) and any additional documentation. Please submit all documentation as separate files, do not merge into a single document.
  4. The Coastal Fund Administrative Assistant will contact you with a date that you may present your project to the Board. All presentations occur during Coastal Fund weekly meetings, which are Tuesday evenings. Applicants are allocated half an hour during which time they are expected to present their project and answer any Board questions.
  5. The Coastal Fund Board will review all applications and make funding decisions at the end of the quarter.
  6. If funded, you will be provided with a grant agreement listing the requirements for grant recipients, all approved amounts, and any additional stipulations or adjustments to the project. Sign the agreement and return it to Coastal Fund via email or by dropping it off at our office.

Implementing a Major Funding grant:

  1. Associated Students will process all grant checks and they will be available a few weeks after grant agreements are returned.
  2. If you would like help in recruiting interns, please let us know and we can advertise any openings in our newsletter or social media.
  3. Conduct your project according to the approved application, taking any adjustments from the Board into account.
  4. Around the mid-way point of the designated project timeline, a Coastal Fund Outreach and Education Coordinator will reach out for a check-in to ask about the project and see if there is any support we can provide.
  5. If over the course of your project you need to reallocate funding from one budget line item to another, fill out and submit a Reallocation Request. If you will not complete your project by your approved end date, fill out and submit an Extension Request.
  6. At the conclusion of your project, have any Coastal Fund sponsored interns complete an Intern Evaluation.
  7. Complete the Major Funding Final Report within 30 days of the project completion and return it to Coastal Fund along with any unspent funds, proof of expenditures and accounting, copies of any publicity material or awards, and any additional documentation.

Please feel free to contact coastalfund(at)as.ucsb.edu with any questions.

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Major Funding Application
Budget Worksheet
Reallocation Request
Extension Request
Intern Evaluation
Major Funding Final Report

** All grant applications and related forms can be submitted to coastalfund(at)as.ucsb.edu. **