OPC Proposition 1 Grant Program

Coastal Environmental Justice Solicitation is Open!

March 15, 2021

The California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) is pleased to announce the release of a solicitation for letters of intent on coastal projects that benefit communities entitled to environmental justice and improve water quality. Please see the solicitation for specific project types and priorities.

  • Maximum Funding Available in this round: $7.5 million
  • Minimum and Maximum Award Amounts: $100,000-$5 million (OPC strongly encourages project budgets over $250,000)
  • Maximum Project Length: Projects must be complete by December 2024 (with projects starting in 2022)
  • Letters of Intent (LOI) are due on April 23, 2021 using the LOI Template. LOIs should be submitted to OPC_Prop1grants@resources.ca.gov.

Applicants should carefully review the OPC Prop 1 Grant Guidelines, the Solicitation, and the LOI Template.

UPDATE: OPC Staff has prepared a Frequently Asked Questions 2-pager to provide guidance and best practice advice for applicants.

Informational Webinar and Office Hours

OPC staff held an informational public webinar for prospective applicants on March 29 from 2:00-3:00 PM. OPC staff presented on solicitation priorities, the application process and timeline, and received questions. Webinar recording and slides are available. See the webinar recording below. Click here for webinar slides.

OPC staff also held a virtual “office hours” webinar to answer questions from prospective applicants and provide technical assistance on April 14, 2021 from 2:00-3:30 PM. The Office Hours webinar was conducted as an open Q&A session and speakers were limited to 5-7 minutes to allow time for others to ask questions.

OPC Prop 1 Priority Areas Interactive Web Map:
Developing Partnership and Engagement Resources for Applicants

OPC is seeking projects that include community-based organizations in project implementation. Resources for developing partnerships and engagement with Communities are provided below:

Contact Information

OPC staff are also available for one-on-one consultations about project concepts, although we cannot review LOIs ahead of submission. If you would like to schedule a consultation, or if you have further questions about this solicitation and application process please email OPC_Prop1grants@resources.ca.gov.

The lead staff for this Prop 1 solicitation are Holly Wyer and Maria Rodriguez.

Prop 1 Resource Documents

OPC Adopts Proposition 1 Grant Guidelines

The California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) has adopted the revised Proposition 1 (Prop 1) Grant Guidelines at its February meeting. The Grant Guidelines focus OPC’s Prop 1 funds on projects benefitting communities entitled to environmental justice (Communities). Major revisions to the Prop 1 Guidelines included changes to OPC’s priority projects and to the scoring criteria.

Draft Grant Guidelines Webinar

OPC staff held a webinar on January 25th, 2021 from 2:00-3:00 PM, Pacific Time to present the draft revised guidelines and receive questions and public comment. Webinar slides and recording are available.

Previously Awarded Projects

Round 1 (2016)

The staff recommendations for projects approved during Round 1 of OPC’s Proposition 1 Grant Program at the June 29, 2016 meeting of the OPC are available here.

Round 2 (2018)

Eight projects were approved by the OPC during Round 2 at the July 25, 2018 meeting. Staff recommendations for Round 2 approved projects are available here. One additional project was approved by the OPC at the October 25, 2018 meeting and the staff recommendation is available here.

Round 3 (2019 and 2020)

Three projects were approved by the OPC during Round 3 at the November 13, 2019 meeting. Staff recommendations for Round 3 approved projects are available here. One project was approved at the February 26, 2020 meeting, and the staff recommendation for this project is available here.

Proposition 1 Background

The Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (Proposition 1 or “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