Grants for research, science, protection, or programs related to the Federal Sea Otter Recovery Plan or improving the nearshore ocean ecosystem, including activities to reduce sea otter mortality and for public outreach activities that encourage taxpayers to make contributions by voluntary checkoff on a tax return to the California Sea Otter Fund. The programs may also address pathogens and water and wastewater treatment technologies.
The California Sea Otter Fund is one of the state’s voluntary tax check-off funds that allows taxpayers to voluntarily contribute additional money for use towards the recovery of California’s sea otter population. A portion of the revenues are allocated to the State Coastal Conservancy for “competitive grants and contracts to public agencies and nonprofit organizations for research, science, protection, projects, or programs related to the Federal Sea Otter Recovery Plan or improving the nearshore ocean ecosystem, including, but not limited to, program activities to reduce sea otter mortality, and for public outreach activities that encourage taxpayers to make contributions by voluntary checkoff on a tax return to the California Sea Otter Fund. The projects or programs may also address pathogens and water and wastewater treatment technologies.” State Coastal Conservancy grants funded by the California Sea Otter Fund can be used for a variety of activities related to southern sea otter recovery and improving the nearshore ecosystem. Conservancy priorities for the funding are as follows: Plan and implement projects to improve or expand southern sea otter habitat; Reduce environmental stressors impacting southern sea otters; Implement critical recovery actions of the Federal Southern Sea Otter Recovery Plan; Research focusing on ways to improve or expand southern sea otter habitat or reduce stressors.
- Public Agency
- Tribal Government
Public agencies, federally-recognized tribes, and nonprofit organizations are eligible for funding. To be eligible, a nonprofit organization must qualify under the provisions of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Matching Funding Requirement:
Please note matching funds are not required; however, leverage is one of the Conservancy’s project selection criteria so the amount of matching funds will be considered in our proposal evaluation.
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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