Prop 1 Coastal Environmental Justice Solicitation

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Closed (41 total applications submitted)
Opportunity Type:
  • Grant
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This grant round seeks to advance coastal projects that directly benefit communities entitled to environmental justice and that improve water quality through restoration, habitat enhancement, and resilience to climate change.


This solicitation seeks coastal projects that directly benefit communities entitled to environmental justice (Communities), including: disadvantaged and severely disadvantaged communities (DACs), California Native Tribes and Tribal Governments, and communities that score above 80% on CalEnviroScreen results. Priority will be given to coastal projects in or near Communities that propose restoration, habitat enhancement, and resilience to climate change, including adaptation to sea-level rise, flooding, and shoreline erosion. Additionally, OPC seeks to advance projects that are led by community-based organizations, and that provide Community workforce employment, including employment for students. OPC is accepting letters of intent (LOIs) in response to this solicitation, using our LOI template, and selected applicants will be invited back to submit full proposals. Please see below for general funding information:

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)
LOIs are due on April 23, 2021 using the LOI Template. LOIs should be submitted to

Please see OPC's Prop 1 Webpage and the solicitation for more information on solicitation priorities and opportunities for prospective applicants.

Webinar Information

OPC staff will be hosting a webinar on for prospective applicants on March 29 from 2:00-3:00 PM. This webinar will include going over the solicitation, the LOI template, and answering questions. To register for the webinar and get more information please complete the Webinar Registration Form.


Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency
  • Tribal Government

Federal agencies are not eligible to receive Proposition 1 funds.

Eligible Geographies:

For this solicitation, OPC is seeking projects that are located within or near a Community, and that are no more than 4 miles from the coast, preferably within 3 miles of the coast. Please see OPC's Priority Areas Map on the Prop 1 webpage to determine if your project is within or near a Community. Please see the solicitation for geographic requirements.



Matching Funding Requirement:

Matched or leveraged funding only "counts" if it is not from a State funding source.

Important Dates

The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantmaker. Time listed as “00:00” equates to midnight.
The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
December 2021
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
December 2024

Funding Details

The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
A single grant opportunity may represent one or many awards. Some grantors may know in advance the exact number of awards to be given. Others may indicate a range. Some may wish to and wait until the application period closes before determining how many awards to offer; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Grant opportunities representing multiple awards may offer awards in the same amount or in varied amounts. Some may wish to wait until the application period closes before determining per-award amounts; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
$100,000 – $5,000,000
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
Yes ( see Description for details )
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
The funding source allocated to fund the grant. It may be either State or Federal (or a combination of both), and be tied to a specific piece of legislation, a proposition, or a bond number.
  • State

Funding Source Notes:

Proposition 1

The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Advances & Reimbursement(s)

Funding Method Notes:

Advances may be used in specific circumstances. Please see the solicitation for more information.

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.