In 2021, Congress provided up to $284 million in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) for coastal and estuarine protection, including for land conservation through NOAA’s Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program (CELCP - pronounced “kelp”). NOAA announced a portion of these funds in summer 2022 and we expect another round in early 2023, with more funding rounds planned. Attendees will learn about this new coastal land protection funding opportunity: How the funds have been distributed to date, lessons learned to date, how to prepare for the next funding rounds and what makes a successful CELCP project. In its previous iteration, CELCP funding was an important source of matching funding for land trust priorities in coastal areas, ensuring permanent protection of more than 110,000 acres from 2002-2019. This new infusion of IIJA funds into the CELCP program is a renewed conservation tool that will support additional coastal and estuarine protection in priority conservation areas. Discussion will include reflections on a project on the central Oregon coast, where a regional land trust, a federally recognized tribe, county planners and state agency staff collaborated on the acquisition of an ecologically and culturally important headland.