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Prop. 84: Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2006

Proposition 84 funds may be used for a wide range of purposes including scientific research, adaptive management, and conservation of marine resources.

Proposition 84 Competitive Grant Program

The California Ocean Protection Council is pleased to announce a new solicitation for preliminary research proposals that address the OPC’s priority topic areas:

  • Ocean acidification and hypoxia, and other changes in ocean conditions from a changing climate
  • Sustainable fisheries and aquaculture
  • Sea-level rise adaptation and coastal resilience
  • Coastal sediment management
  • Marine pollution
  • Marine renewable energy

This competitive grant program is made possible by funding from Proposition 84, and is being administered by California Sea Grant College Program (California Sea Grant) and the University of Southern California Sea Grant Program (USC Sea Grant). The solicitation for preliminary proposals opened on January 10, 2018 and closes with the application deadline on March 15, 2018.

Please go to the California Sea Grant or USC Sea Grant websites to review the call for pre-proposals, eligibility, pre-proposal submission instructions, and other information. As mentioned above, the competitive grant program is being administered by California Sea Grant and USC Sea Grant, and the only way to submit a pre-proposal is through eSeaGrant.

On August 7, 2017, the OPC approved the development and implementation of a competitive grant program using Proposition 84 funds. An OPC staff memo and presentation from the November 1, 2017 meeting, provide an overview of the program.

The Proposition 84 Grant Guidelines are available HERE.

A 1-Pager on the Proposition 1 and Proposition 84 Competitive Grant Programs is available HERE.


California Ocean Protection Council, USC Sea Grant, and California Sea Grant held an informational webinar on February 20, 2018 to provide details on the priority research focus areas and application process. The webinar presentation, a recording of the webinar and answers to a series of questions asked by participants during the webinar are available below


The Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Act of 2006 (Prop 84) was passed by voters in 2006 (California Public Resources Code (PRC) Division 43). Funding from Prop 84 is intended to fund projects that provide safe drinking water to Californians, protect the public from flooding, protect waters of the State from pollution and habitat destruction, protect coastal areas for future generations, and provide for sustainable and livable communities through urban greening.

Prop 84, Chapter 7 “Protection of Beaches, Bays, and Coastal Waters,” allocates $90 million to the OPC for projects consistent with the California Ocean Protection Act (PRC Division 26.5) and for development of scientific data needed to adaptively manage the State’s marine resources and reserves, the development and implementation of projects to foster sustainable fisheries, and the development and implementation of projects to conserve marine wildlife.

More information about Proposition 84 can be found at the California Natural Resources Agency’s Bond Accountability Website.


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