Caring for our Coasts Gulf Region Grant Program

Restore America’s Estuaries is excited to partner with CITGO to facilitate the Caring for our Coasts grants to organizations and groups hosting locally-based volunteer events in the Gulf of Mexico region. These grants are intended to provide coastal groups with funding to host beach clean-ups, estuary restoration, or other educational/outreach events.

Download the 2023 Caring for our Coasts RFP

Eligibility: 

  • Applicants must be a non-profit, government entity, or community organization with an annual operating budget of under $10 million dollars.  
  • Funded project must be located in the Gulf of Mexico region.

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Potential for this funding to increase event capacity
  • Expected impact of the event on local communities and ecosystems
  • Demonstration of community engagement and outreach
  • Funding need
  • Special Consideration will be given to high-ranking proposals from diverse groups, or partner with diverse groups, that have traditionally been under-engaged with coastal conservation efforts or are new to competitive grant funding

For more information on this program, or if you need assistance completing your application, please email applications@estuaries.org.

Apply Here Printable Application

In 2022, with the help of Citgo, this program awarded $30,000 to nine organizations. More than 1,500 volunteers donated 5,200 hours of time at 39 different events. They restored or preserved 20 acres, planted 4,776 native trees and plants, and collected 23,737 lbs of trash along 362 miles of shoreline.