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Wild Rivers Coast Alliance is a grant making department of Bandon Dunes Golf Resort.  Our grant funding efforts are supported by the net proceeds from Bandon Preserve, a 13-hole par-3 golf course at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort.

Our focus is to fund community projects on the South Coast of Oregon that are committed to triple-bottom-line results (conservation, community, and economy) and prioritize approaches that blend innovative ecological initiatives while driving economic opportunity.

Our priorities include supporting and promoting healthy fish and species habitats, working landscapes and seascapes, sustainable tourism, community collaboration, and sustainable businesses and nonprofits.

Our grant making is focused on the South Coast of Oregon within the 10 watersheds from the Coquille to the Winchuck Rivers.

To apply for a Wild Rivers Coast Alliance grant, see the process information below.



The purpose of the WRCA small grants program is to be more responsive to needs that make a positive impact on south coast communities in Oregon. The grants can be used for a variety of capacity or project work. All requests will adhere to the triple bottom line for benefit of conservation, community and economy of the south coast. Innovation and vision of a thriving south coast is encouraged.  Those serving communities in the Coquille Watershed, south through the Winchuck Watershed (Southern Coos & Curry Counties) are eligible to apply for a small grant. If you are a for-profit business applying for a grant, you must show how the requested funding will benefit the south coast community.

Range of Grants: Up to $5,000 (open until small grant funding allocation has been utilized)

Program Details:

  1. Address a WRCA funding priority
    1. WRCA Strategic Initiatives are attached
  2. Explain how your project will address our triple-bottom-line mission to improve our communities and strive to advance regional efforts with a focus on community, conservation, and economy.
    1. Community
      1. Examples: support from multiple entities including end users
    2. Conservation
      1. Examples: tree planting, uses less water or power, etc.
    3. Economy
      1. Examples: create positive environment for economic activities
    4. How will your project promote positive change through the projects and their implementation?
    5. Small Grant program excludes event sponsorships, debt retirement or operating deficits, and propagandizing or influencing elections or legislation.

Program Process:

  1. Fill out online application. See below for directions and link to access the online system
  2. WRCA will respond (with questions and/or approval) within 4-8 weeks of a completed and submitted application
  3. Small Grant Report to be completed upon finalization of project

Contact with Program Questions:

Marie Simonds


Directions for Accessing the

Online Grants System

The Wild Rivers Coast Alliance uses an online application and reporting process to manage grant records and to provide a simple, consistent point of contract for grantees.  This process is designed to give you an easy-to-access platform for making grant requests and sharing grant reports.

Please visit WRCA’s online grants management system by following the link below:


Applicants will then be asked to complete the following steps:

  1. First Time Users: If this is your first opportunity to use our system, you will need to register your organization. Please follow the steps below:
    1. Select Create a New Account. Since this will be your first opportunity to use our system, you will need to register your organization.
    2. Create the Organizational Profile. You will be asked to enter the contact information for your organization.
    3. Choose a password. After you have registered, you will be taken to a Set Password Page to create a password.  After entering the password, click
    4. Select Apply on the menu on the left side of the homepage.
    5. Click Apply for “Wild Rivers Coast Alliance Small Grants Program”.
    6. Follow the application instructions to begin your application.
  1. If you have previously created an account, please follow the steps below:
    1. Log-in using your email address and your last name (all lowercase) as your password.
    2. Select Apply on the menu on the left side of the homepage.
    3. Click Apply for “Wild Rivers Coast Alliance Small Grants Program”.
    4. Follow the application instructions to begin your application.

Contact with Questions Regarding the Online Grants Management System:

Christy Day



Our organization’s grant making for medium and large grants is by invitation only and happens once in the spring and once in the fall.  If your organization is interested in becoming a grantee of Wild Rivers Coast Alliance, please follow the process below.


If your organization or business’s mission aligns with Wild Rivers Coast Alliance, we would like you to formally introduce yourself. Please fill out our Introduction Form below if you are an organization or business located in or doing work on Oregon’s South Coast. Introduction forms may be submitted to WRCA at anytime.

Click Introduction Form to open the document.  Hover over the header, and click the download arrow.  This will save the document to your computer. Next, open the document, fill it out, and email your submission to grants@wildriverscoastalliance.com.


Your organization or business can be invited to submit a Letter of Inquiry by a WRCA Steering Committee member or staff. Invited applicants are encouraged to submit LOIs that meet and truly embody the combination of WRCA’s overarching priorities of conservation, community and economy. We are particularly interested in innovative approaches that are transformative and coastal in scale. WRCA’s priorities include working landscapes and seascapes, sustainable tourism, and local entrepreneurs on the Southern Oregon Coast.

Please know that Wild Rivers Coast Alliance will not accept an unsolicited Letter of Inquiry. Solicitations for Letters of Inquiry happens twice per year, once in the early spring and once in the fall.

If you have any questions filling out these forms or to submit your completed form, please email grants@wildriverscoastalliance.com.


A submitted Letter of Inquiry will be reviewed by the WRCA Steering Committee and Staff. Once reviewed, WRCA will send invitations to prospective grantees to submit full proposals. Once a full grant application is submitted, it may take up to eight weeks to receive notification regarding funding.