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Restoration Initiatives

Supporting community-based wetland restoration initiatives


The Wetland Recovery Project's Community Wetland Restoration Grant Program: Request for Proposals

Nonprofit organizations and local agencies are eligible to apply. Proposals are reviewed by a committee that includes a representative from each of the following counties: Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego. Typically projects are selected and can begin receiving funds by early summer.

The Earth Island Institute’s Restoration Initiatives Fund provides funding to the Community Wetland Restoration Grant Program of the Southern California Wetlands Recovery project. Grants are given to projects that are located in Southern California, Santa Barbara, California to Tijuana, Mexico.

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The Wetland Recovery Project’s (WRP) Request for Proposals (RFP) for the 2015-16 Community Wetland Restoration Grant program has passed. We expect to solicit our next grant proposal in January of 2016. Check back here for updates!, under “What’s New”. The Program provides grants of $1,000 to $30,000 for community-based restoration projects in coastal wetlands and watersheds in the southern California region. The purpose of the Program is to further the goals of the WRP Regional Strategy; build local capacity to plan and implement wetland restoration projects; promote community involvement in wetland restoration activities; and foster education about wetland ecosystems.

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The RFP materials include program information, application guidelines, and a proposal template. Contained in the application guidelines are the criteria that will be used to evaluate proposals, and the schedule for review and approval of potential projects. Projects funded in past cycles of the Program can be found on the WRP website: under “Projects and Planning”, then “Community Wetland Restoration Grants Program”. Moreover, documentation, including proposals, progress reports, photographs, and a short video, from a number of highlighted Community Wetland Restoration Grant Program projects, can be found on the Community Wetland Restoration Grant Program section of the WRP website. These materials may be helpful to an applicant. Please contact Shawn Kelly at 805-984-9531 or if you have any questions about the Program or application process. Thank you for your interest and we look forward to working with you on your important community wetland restoration initiatives.

Visit the Community Wetland Restoration Grants application page.

Please Contact the Community Wetland Restoration Manager, Shawn, for more information!

Shawn Kelly: (805) 984-9531 or at