For Immediate Release: 11/18/2021

Division of Boating and Waterways Now Accepting Applications for Shoreline Erosion Control and Public Beach Restoration Grants


SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) is now accepting grant applications for shoreline erosion control and public beach restoration projects. The deadline to submit applications for funding in fiscal year 2023/24 is Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021 by noon.

Shoreline erosion control and public beach restoration grants assist federal, state, regional and local government agencies by providing funding for projects that stop or reverse the impact of erosion on California’s shoreline. Generally, agencies use shoreline erosion control grants to build structures that protect public infrastructure in developed shoreline areas against wave erosion, and they use public beach restoration grants to strategically place sand on eroded beaches. In fiscal year 2019/20, DBW provided $750,000 in funding for a shoreline erosion control project in Pacifica and $231,000 for a public beach restoration project in San Clemente.

Grant funding is available through a competitive process. To apply for a grant, an agency must submit a formal application to DBW requesting funding for a specific phase of a project (feasibility study, design, or construction) along with a resolution from its governing body authorizing the application for grant funding. Projects are authorized through the state budget process. Funding for fiscal year 2023/24 is expected to be authorized for individual projects in June 2023.

Applications for both grant programs must be submitted to DBW through its Online Grant Application System (OLGA). Prior to applying, the division encourages new applicants to view a 45-minute webinar that provides detailed instructions on creating an account in OLGA as well as navigating the application system.

During the last application cycle, DBW hosted a one-hour webinar discussing the grant programs and application requirements. For the current cycle, DBW is hosting a one-hour question and answer session to help potential applicants write competitive applications.

Below is detailed information on this public resource:

Date:   Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021
Time:   2 – 3 p.m.
Location:   Online, via Microsoft Teams
  R.S.V.P.: Casey Caldwell, via email at

Please R.S.V.P. for this session by noon on Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. It is recommended that potential applicants watch last year’s webinar beforehand.

Sections 65 through 67.4 of the Harbors and Navigation Code (HNC) authorizes DBW to study erosion problems, act as shore protection advisor to all agencies of government, and plan, design and construct protective works when funds are provided by the Legislature. In addition, HNC Sections 69.5-69.9 authorize the division to pursue and promote federal and local partnerships to restore, enhance, and nourish publicly owned beaches through the cost-effective engineered placement of sand on the beach or in the nearshore environment.

Additional information about the application process is available on DBW’s website at For questions on the application process, please contact DBW Project Manager Casey Caldwell at (916) 902-8824.

Left: Beach restoration activities in Orange County. Right: Completed erosion control structure in Santa Cruz County. Photos from Division of Boating and Waterways.

Left: Beach restoration activities in Orange County. Right: Completed erosion control structure in Santa Cruz County. Photos from Division of Boating and Waterways.

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