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California Beach Restoration and Erosion Control Programs

The general objectives of these programs are to preserve and protect the California shoreline, minimize the economic losses caused by beach erosion and maintain urgently needed recreational beach areas. This can be achieved by:

  • Cosponsoring the construction of beach erosion control projects with local and federal agencies,
  • Improving present knowledge of oceanic forces, beach erosion and shoreline conditions, and
  • Using this knowledge to prevent future erosion.

California's coast, one of our most precious resources, is a naturally eroding shoreline. It is both economically and socially important to minimize the loss of the State's beaches and to preserve its coastal resources. When erosion threatens to damage valuable public infrastructure, or there is not enough beach width to accommodate the recreational needs of the local population and the State's many visitors, beach erosion control projects at carefully selected places can slow the erosion.

Much of the natural sand that replenishes the beaches has been prevented from reaching the coastline by increasing urban development and flood control projects, especially in southern California. On the other hand, hundreds of millions of cubic yards of sand have been supplied to the shoreline over the past 50 years, mainly in southern California, as a byproduct of coastal projects such as harbors, sewer plants and power plants. This vast quantity of sand has widened many beaches well beyond their natural size. The beaches from Santa Monica south to Palos Verdes in the Los Angeles area, and those from Coronado to Silver Strand near San Diego, provide excellent examples of beaches widened by nourishment.


Beach Restoration and Erosion Links

Fiscal Impact of Beaches in California
Coastal Data Information Program
California Beach Restoration Study
Beach Erosion Control Law
California Public Beach Restoration Act


California Shoreline Erosion Control & Public Beach Restoration Grants

Application Deadline
February 1, 2018 for Fiscal Year 2019-20 funding

Grant Application Procedure

Grant application questions and instructions for submission can be found here.

Minimum requirements for consideration are available here.

Grant application ranking methodology can be found here.

DBW requires resolutions from all governing bodies formally requesting grant funding from DBW. DBW will accept an applicant's resolution separately from the rest of the application package, but DBW must receive the resolution no later than April 1, 2018.

Each individual project must be approved through the State budget process. Once DBW begins reviewing the applications, they will become part of the State's confidential budget-making process, and DBW will be unable to provide updates on the status of applications. However, we will send letters to applicants to acknowledge receipt of complete applications, and we will contact applicants during the review process if we need additional or updated information about a project. When the Governor’s budget is released in January 2019, it will include a list of projects that are proposed to the Legislature for grant funding in fiscal year 2019/20. The State budget will be finalized in June 2019. DBW typically prepares grant agreements for approved projects several months thereafter.

DBW grant funds are not available to grantees until a fully executed grant agreement is in place. DBW will not fund any project work that occurs before that time. 

For more information, please contact Casey Caldwell at casey.caldwell@parks.ca.gov or (916) 327-1787


Frequently Asked Questions

A: A list of recent grant recipients and amounts is available here.
A: No. In recent years, the smallest grants for study projects have been in the $40,000-$50,000 range. The largest annual grants for beach restoration projects have been in the $5 million-$6.5 million range.
A: There is no preset amount of funding. Grants are authorized project by project through the State budget process. State budget priorities – and available financial resources – can change from year to year, so DBW cannot forecast the total amount per year available.
A: There is no preset number of projects that can or will be funded. The number varies based on need, merits of proposed projects, and funding availability.
A: The programs are authorized in statute. However, there is no dedicated revenue source for these programs, and the extent of funding authorized for them is not known until each year’s final state budget is enacted.
A: Approved in-kind services will generally include straight personnel time and actual costs of materials paid for by the local agency that are directly attributable to the project. DBW must pre-approve all in-kind services in writing.