Proposition 1: Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014

State of California Ocean Protection Council

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Grant amount: More than US $50,000

Deadline: Mar 18, 2019

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program, Research

Location of project: California

Location of residency: United States

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The California Ocean Protection Council (OPC) was created by law in 2004 via the California Ocean Protection Act. OPC is an innovative leader on ocean and coastal protection in the state and globally. OPC’s vision is to ensure healthy, resilient and productive ocean and coastal ecosystems in California for the benefit of current and future generations. OPC is committed to ensuring that policy and management decisions affecting California’s ocean and coastal resources are based on the best available science.

The Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (Proposition 1 or “Prop 1”) was approved by voters in November 2014. Prop 1 is codified as Division 26.7 of the Water Code. Prop 1 funding is intended to fund projects that meet the goals of the state Water Action Plan. More information about Prop 1 can be found at the bond accountability website

Chapter 6 of Prop 1 allocates $30 million to OPC for a competitive grant program for multibenefit ecosystem and watershed protection and restoration projects in accordance with statewide priorities. It sets forth specific purposes of the allocation of funds to OPC, and OPC Prop 1 grants must achieve at least one of these purposes. 

OPC approved the updated Prop 1 Grant Guidelines on November 1, 2017 which are available on the OPC Prop 1 webpage. This current grant proposal solicitation - Round 3 - represents OPC’s third and last round of Prop 1 funding based on its anticipated last Prop 1 appropriation, expected in July 2019. Grant Guidelines include:

  • OPC’s Priority Issue Areas for Prop 1 grant funding;
  • Eligible project purposes and eligible grantee types;
  • Grant application review and evaluation processes;
  • Additional grant requirements; and
  • Important appendices, including Prop 1 Chapter 6 text and Prop 1 term definitions.

Please review the OPC Prop 1 Grant Guidelines and this Grant Proposal Solicitation and Application Instructions document very carefully and thoroughly before proceeding with the grant application process.

Applicants should review OPC’s four Priority Issue Areas for funding described on page 4 of the Grant Guidelines as well as the corresponding Scoring Criteria on page 11 of the Grant Guidelines.

OPC encourages applications for wetland and other habitat restoration projects such as those typically funded through Prop 1, however projects should be clear in articulating their multibenefits, in particular how a project would provide benefits in at least one of the Priority Issue Areas. Projects must also provide a clearly-articulated, long-term benefit to the public.

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