Congratulations on receiving a Whale Tail® Grant!

At this time, please submit invoices, reports, and other grants correspondence by email rather than postal mail whenever possible. Your Grants Coordinator can be reached at

Below are some items to help you comply with your contract requirements during the course of your project.

  • A funding credit icon for you to use on flyers, booklets, or any other printed or visual materials that will be created as part of the program receiving funding. Funding for our grants program is made entirely possible by sales of the WHALE TAIL® License Plate and donations to the Protect Our Coast and Oceans Fund on the California state tax return, and your contracts include language requiring acknowledgement of support from the Coastal Commission and funding sources, including using the graphic where possible.
  • A copy of our invoicing instructions for reimbursement. Please share this document with financial staff who will be working on submitting invoices. This guidance document includes detailed instructions and our typical reporting requirements. For your specific final report requirements, please consult your contract.
  • A example invoice format, with additional tips on completing a Whale Tail® Grant invoice.
  • An electronic copy of a blank travel expense claim form for you to complete, print, sign, and attach to your invoice if you are billing for travel expenses.
  • Our document, Making Your Program Evaluation Work for You. It provides steps you can take and resources you can consult if you're looking for ways to start, improve, carry out, or conclude your evaluation process. This guide was developed in response to a significant number of grantees telling us they would appreciate some technical assistance in this area. Chris Parry, Public Education Program Manager, wrote this document. She is also available for individual consultations. If you've read this document and want to have a follow-up conversation about your particular project, you are welcome to contact her. She can be reached at (415) 904-5208 or by email.
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