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Proposition 68 Coastal Resilience Solicitation Grant

Grants to California Agencies, Nonprofits, IHEs, and Tribes
for Projects to Preserve and Restore the Coastline

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Ocean Protection Council (OPC)

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Grants to California agencies, nonprofits, IHEs, and Tribes for projects to preserve and restore the State's coastline. Applicants must submit a Letter of Intent prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended for creative, community-based solutions that address unmet needs or gaps. OPC prioritizes projects serving disadvantaged and severely disadvantaged communities.

OPC is soliciting proposals for Proposition 68 grant funding to support projects that will address, create, or implement nature-based solutions and other sea-level rise adaptation strategies to build coastal resiliency. For more details on OPC’s priorities, please review the Strategic Plan.

OPC’s funding priorities are articulated in §35650(b)(2) of the California Ocean Protection Act and support projects that have a nexus to ocean and coastal health and achieve the following:

  • Prepare for and minimize the harmful impacts of climate change by providing funding for adaptive management, planning, coordination, monitoring, research, and other necessary activities on a local, regional, and statewide scale to minimize the adverse impacts of climate change on California’s ocean ecosystem.
  • Promote the long-term health of coastal and marine ecosystems and sustainability of marine fisheries in order to protect California’s living marine resources and the communities that rely upon them.
  • Reduce the negative impacts of land-based activity, including pollution, on coastal and marine ecosystems and the state’s coastal and ocean economy by improving management, conservation, and protection of coastal waters and ocean ecosystems.
  • Develop innovative technology and tools and provide monitoring and scientific data to improve state efforts to protect and conserve ocean resources.
  • Inform adaptive management of California’s Marine Protected Area Network
  • Serve disadvantaged and severely disadvantaged communities through involving them in management of all aspects of their coastal and ocean resources. OPC will consult with local community and environmental justice representatives, Tribes, and other frontline community members to ensure that OPC’s Prop 68 funds for disadvantaged communities are going toward their most urgent or critical needs relating to ocean and coastal management. Projects that serve disadvantaged and severely disadvantage communities may include, but are not limited to; providing equitable access to the ocean and coast; supporting local efforts to plan for and adapt to climate change impacts such as sea level rise and ocean acidification; building awareness and opportunities for community members to connect to California’s world-renowned marine protected areas; increasing community capacity to receive Prop 68 funding and manage local ocean and coastal resources; reducing plastic litter and other sources of contamination at their source; and building awareness and opportunities for community members to participate in community-led marine science efforts.
  • Allow for increased public access to, and enjoyment of, ocean and coastal resources, consistent with sustainable, long-term protection and conservation of those resources.

To achieve the priorities listed above, the types of tools and projects that will receive OPC’s Prop 68 investments will include, but not be limited to: scientific research and monitoring, including innovative tools or technology, that directly addresses state management or policy needs; restoration or other on-the-ground projects that improve ecosystem health and water quality; planning and/or implementation projects that advance climate adaptation and resiliency; and projects that provide access to the coast through infrastructure, citizen science opportunities, and education.

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GrantWatch ID#: 191664

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Minimum and Maximum Award Amounts: $100,000 - $2,000,000

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Maximum Project Length: 3 years

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Funds can be awarded to public agencies (including local, state, and federal), public or private universities, nonprofit organizations, private entities, federally recognized Indian tribes, and state Indian tribes listed on the Native American Heritage Commission’s California Tribal Consultation List. Nonprofit organizations must be 501(c)(3) as verified by the Internal Revenue Service.

The applicant must demonstrate that it can adequately administer the ongoing management and operation of the project, and that its entire operating budget is not dependent upon the underlying grant. The applicant should address the following organizational capacity and expertise elements, including but not limited to:
- Capacity to manage a state award, including the ability to clearly document accounting activities and sufficient staff dedicated to tracking and reporting financial operations associated with the award;
- Ability to address cash flow processing of reimbursement payments. Grantees implementing projects that serve disadvantaged communities may be eligible for a small fund advancement. Please see section 2.8 for details. Aside from the exception laid out in section 2.8, OPC provides funds on a reimbursement basis, and withholds 10% of the funds, to be disbursed upon project completion. There are restrictions on the types of expenses that can be claimed. All expenses are paid on a reimbursement basis within 45 days of receiving a properly submitted “Request for Disbursement” and its associated invoice, receipts, and other required documentation;
- Proof of qualified staff or contractors to carry out the project activities;
- The applicant’s governance structure, with institutional history and any operating laws or procedures, and the commitment to see the project to completion.

OPC reserves the right to reject any applicant who has a history of performance issues with past grants or other agreements with any public entity.

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Pre-proposal Conference:

An informational webinar for prospective applicants will be held on Friday, August 14th at 12:30 PM Pacific Time.

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Pre-Application Information:

Solicitation Schedule:
- Grant Proposal Solicitation Released: August 7, 2020
- Letter of Intent Due: September 21, 2020
- Selected Applicants Invited to Submit Full Proposal: October 2, 2020
- Full Proposal Due: November 13, 2020
- Application Review and Evaluation: Nov 16 – Jan 1, 2021
- Select proposals invited for interview or site visit: Jan 4 – Feb 5, 2021
- OPC staff recommend selected projects to OPC for approval: February, 2021
- Approved project finalize workplans and grant agreements: Spring, 2021

Applicants may consult with OPC Senior Climate Change program manager during the project solicitation period prior to submitting their applications. Consultation will be available to any potential applicant but is not required. OPC staff will be available to discuss projects and proposal related questions, but they will not be able to review applications before they are submitted.

Applicants must submit a Letter of Intent by 5:00 PM on September 14, 2020 to be eligible to submit a full proposal.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Letters of Intent must be submitted to

Questions about the Prop 68 Grant Guidelines and OPC’s Prop 68 funding may be submitted to

To request a consultation, please contact:
Justine Kimball, Senior Climate Change Program Manager
Tel: 1-916-653-0539

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