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SB-367 State Coastal Conservancy: grants: educational projects and programs.(2019-2020)



SECTION 1.

 Section 31111 of the Public Resources Code is amended to read:

31111.
 In implementing this division, the conservancy may fund and undertake plans and feasibility studies, and may award grants to public agencies and nonprofit organizations for these purposes. do all of the following: 
(a) Prepare plans and feasibility studies.
(b) Provide technical assistance.
(c) Award grants to public agencies and nonprofit organizations for the purposes of subdivisions (a) and (b).

SEC. 2.

 Section 31119 of the Public Resources Code is amended to read:

31119.
 (a) (1) The conservancy may undertake educational projects and programs for adults and for  pupils in kindergarten to grade 12, inclusive, relating to the preservation, protection, enhancement, and maintenance of coastal resources, and may  and  award grants to nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and public agencies for those purposes, subject to the limitations contained in subdivision (b). agencies, including federally recognized Indian tribes, for the purposes set forth in subdivisions (b) and (c). 
(2) An educational grant program established pursuant to paragraph (1) shall comply with all of the following:
(A) Funds provided for the educational program may be used for planning and implementation or development of marine science education programs.
(B) An educational program shall meet State Board of Education adopted content standards.
(C) The conservancy may consult with the Superintendent of Public Instruction prior to awarding grants pursuant to this section.
(D) A grant recipient shall use a portion of any funding provided for an educational program to promote maximum participation of pupils and schools, by providing scholarships or grants for this purpose.
(E) (2)  A nonprofit organization  organization, educational institution, or public agency, including a federally recognized Indian tribe, that receives a grant under this subdivision  shall comply with all of the following as a condition of receiving a grant: requirements: 
(i) (A)  Document increased pupil participation in its educational programs.
(ii) (B)  Provide outreach to low-income, underserved, and noncoastal areas. areas of the state. 
(iii) (C)  Maintain any data necessary for evaluation,  the evaluation of a project or program funded with a grant,  as determined by the conservancy.
(3) No General Fund moneys shall be used for grants awarded pursuant to this subdivision to public educational institutions, including community colleges.
(4) An educational program for pupils in kindergarten to grade 12, inclusive, shall deliver knowledge and skills that support the State Board of Education’s adopted content standards.
(b) Educational projects and programs funded and undertaken under subdivision (a) may include all of the following:
(1) Projects and programs relating to the preservation, protection, enhancement, maintenance, and enjoyment of coastal resources.
(2) Onsite and distance learning facilities pursuant to subdivision (c), activities, and instructional programs that support the delivery of science, history, and social science content, that further paragraph (1), including any of the following:
(A) Projects and programs that assist pupils in acquiring core knowledge and developing critical thinking skills.
(B) Projects and programs that encourage pupils to have direct contact with history, including programs that focus on the history and stewardship of the ocean and coastal resources.
(C) Projects and programs that link science to technology and societal impacts, including community health, population, natural resources, environmental quality, natural and human-induced hazards, and other global challenges.
(D) Projects and programs that support social-emotional learning and development, such as team-building and leadership skills.
(c)  The conservancy may also award grants for the construction and improvement of structures and facilities used for the educational projects and programs described in subdivision (b).
(b) (d)  The conservancy is not required to take any action under subdivision (a), unless and until new funds from sources not currently available to the conservancy are made available by the Legislature for the purposes described in subdivision (a). No  shall not spend  more than 10 percent of the funds provided received  for the educational  grants for educational projects and  programs under subdivision (a) may be used for the costs of the conservancy in administering the projects. No General Fund money may be used to fund a grant awarded pursuant to subdivision (a) to a local public educational agency or community college. for grant administrative costs, including any costs related to administering any of those projects and programs. 

SEC. 3.

 Section 31122 is added to the Public Resources Code, to read:

31122.
 Funds not otherwise restricted may be awarded by the conservancy, on and after January 1, 2020, for funding grants to nonprofit organizations that offer scientific, educational, or heritage programs that focus on the history and stewardship of the ocean and coastal resources.