The California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) was established to improve the management and protection of ocean and coastal resources and ecosystems. One of the many ways OPC achieves this purpose is by supporting innovative research that directly informs and improves the stewardship of ocean and coastal resources. While we hope our grant guidelines are clear and straightforward to use, we wanted to offer this 1-pager resource to help potential grant applicants navigate the differences between the Proposition 1 and Proposition 84 grant programs, both of which currently have open solicitations for proposals. Applicants may apply to both Proposition 1 and Proposition 84 competitive grant programs simultaneously.
Round 2 of OPC Proposition 1 grant funding opened on December 18, 2017 and closed on February 23, 2018.
The priority issue areas for Round 2 of Proposition 1 funding were: marine managed areas; coastal and ocean water quality impacts; fisheries; and climate change adaptation. See the Grant Guidelines and Grant Proposal Solicitation for more details on funding priorities.
FORMS AND TEMPLATES
The Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (Prop 1) was approved by voters in November 2014 (California Water Code (CWC) Division 26.7). Funding from Prop 1 is intended to fund projects that provide more reliable water supplies, restore important species and habitat, and develop a more resilient and sustainably managed water system (water supply, water quality, flood protection, and environment) that can better withstand inevitable and unforeseen pressures in the coming decades.
Prop 1 Chapter 6, “Protecting Rivers, Lakes, Streams, Coastal Waters, and Watersheds”, allocates $30 million to the OPC for a competitive grant program for multibenefit ecosystem and watershed protection and restoration projects in accordance with statewide priorities, CWC §79730 and §79731(d). It is the intent of the OPC to fund projects that meet Prop 1 criteria and fulfill of the mission of the OPC to ensure that California maintains healthy, resilient, and productive ocean and coastal ecosystems for the benefit of current and future generations.
More information about Proposition 1 can be found at the California Natural Resources Agency’s Bond Accountability Website.
If you have questions about the OPC Proposition 1 grant program, contact us via email at: OPC_Prop1grants@resources.ca.gov