OPC Proposition 68 Grant Program

2022 MPA and Climate Solicitation is Now Open

Photo: Sandra Fogg

We are pleased to announce a new solicitation for grant proposals for projects benefitting California’s ocean and coast, made possible with funding from Proposition 68, Chapter 9. This is the first competitive call for Chapter 9 funds. The priority issue area for this round of Proposition 68 funding is the nexus between marine protected areas and climate resiliency for species, habitats, and people. For more details on OPC’s priorities, please review our Strategic Plan (PDF).

The Letters of Intent Form is due on July 29, 2022 by 5:00 p.m.

Applicants should carefully review OPC’s proposition 68 Grant Guidelines (PDF) and the Chapter 9 Grant Proposal Solicitation and Application Instructions (PDF). When ready to apply, applicants should download the Letter of Intent (LOI) Instructions (PDF) and the LOI Form (MS Word .docx).

Informational Webinar
An informational webinar for prospective applicants was held on July 7, 2022. The webinar recording and webinar slides (PDF) are available.

Office Hour/Q&A
An office hour/Q&A session was held on July 14, 2022. This session was available for additional questions not addressed during the informational webinar and interested applicants were welcome to attend with prepared questions.

Both the informational webinar and office hour sessions were optional, and all questions asked at these sessions are now available in this Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) document updated 7/28/2022.

Questions about this solicitation may be submitted to prop68ch9@resources.ca.gov.

2022 Coastal Resilience Solicitation is Closed

The California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) announced a new solicitation for grant proposals for projects benefitting California’s ocean and coast, made possible with funding from Proposition 68, Chapter 10. The priority issue area for that round of Proposition 68 funding was coastal resiliency and nature-based adaptation strategies to sea-level rise impacts. For more details on OPC’s priorities, please review our Strategic Plan.

The Letters of Intent were due on June 13, 2022 by 5:00 pm. 

Available documents included:

An informational webinar for prospective applicants was held on May 19, 2022

Previously Awarded Projects

Chapter 10, Round 1 (2020)

Projects selected during Round 1 of OPC’s Proposition 68 Chapter 10 Grant Program were approved at the February 16, 2021 OPC Meeting. Staff recommendations for the approved Chapter 10, round 1 projects (PDF) are available. You can also check out our Prop 68 Climate Resilience Miniseries!

Chapter 10, Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia (2021)

Four projects were approved by the OPC for the Prop 68 Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia (OA&H) solicitation at the February 23, 2022 OPC Meeting. Staff recommendations for the approved OA&H projects (PDF) are available.

Proposition 68 Grant Guidelines

Funds from Prop 68 will be used to support the priorities of all of the OPC’s program areas for the next several years. OPC adopted the Prop 68 Grant Guidelines at their May 23, 2019 meeting.  For information on the Grant Guidelines adoption, including the staff recommendation and comments received on the draft grant guidelines, please see item 5 on the OPC meeting page.

The Grant Guidelines provide an overview of the purpose of Prop 68 funds, which projects and applicants will be eligible to receive funds, OPC’s competitive and discretionary grant programs, proposed scoring criteria to assess projects, and requirements for future grantees.

OPC staff provided the Draft Grant Guidelines for public comment in January and February 2019. During the public comment period, OPC staff held workshops (PDF) in Oakland, San Diego, Eureka, Salinas, and Santa Monica – in addition to an online webinar – to present the Draft Grant Guidelines to the public and receive comments. The presentation slides (PDF)from the workshops and webinar are available.

Questions about the Prop 68 Grant Guidelines and OPC’s Prop 68 funding may be submitted to COPCpublic@resources.ca.gov.

Web Resources

The Grant Guidelines and Prop 68 solicitations refer to several web resources that applicants should use as they prepare their project proposals. These web resources are provided below.