The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response (CDFW-OSPR) is seeking grant applications to help fund projects that enhance or restore habitat for wildlife, with available funding totaling $750,000. All eligible agencies and projects are encouraged to apply.
The grants stem from the Environmental Enhancement Fund (EEF), whose selection committee includes representatives from the California Coastal Conservancy, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and CDFW-OSPR. The committee may select multiple projects. Previous EEF awards have typically ranged from $100,000 to $300,000. Applications including multi-year projects may also be submitted.
To qualify, an environmental enhancement project must acquire habitat for preservation or improve habitat quality and ecosystem function. In addition, it must meet all of the following requirements:
Be located within or immediately adjacent to waters of the state.
Have measurable outcomes within a pre-determined timeframe.
Be designed to acquire, restore, or improve habitat or restore ecosystem function, or both, to benefit fish and wildlife.
Funds come from OSPR’s EEF, funded by oil spill violations, in accordance with California’s Lempert-Keene-Seastrand Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act. Disbursement of money from the grant is contingent on the availability of funds in the EEF.