The Oregon Marine Reserve Partnership (OMRP) will be providing funds through its community grants program in 2016 to support local community efforts in creating an awareness of Oregon's marine reserves and protected areas. The goal of the program is to provide funding for community groups to implement activities associated with Oregon marine reserves near Cape Falcon, Cascade Head, Otter Rock (north of Newport), Cape Perpetua and Port Orford. Proposals should engage people, particularly those currently under represented in marine reserves, in activities that encourage people to think about and participate in Oregon’s marine reserves in unique and different ways. The OMRP strategic framework outlines a series of goals associated with marine reserve awareness, implementation and research.
"We're excited about the opportunity to connect with Oregon communities on Oregon's marine reserves and protected areas and support their efforts to showcase what we're learning about these special places," said OMRP co-chair Paul Engelmeyer, of the Audubon Society of Portland.
The OMRP will evaluate the merits of each project based on its relevance to the OMRP strategic framework, technical merit, the qualification of the applicant, project cost, demonstrated financial need, and its focus on marine reserves and protected areas.
Projects might include field trips, the production of educational materials, a community event, or other creative idea to connect with people on the science of marine reserves.
Project requests cannot exceed $5,000, and although match is not required, it is desired. The OMRP intends on disbursing a total of $30,000 in 2016. Any type of organization is eligible to receive funding.
The timeline to apply for a grant is February 1-February 28, 2016. All applicants will be notified of the grant award results by April 1, 2016.
For examples of work we have funded in the past, check here.
To apply for a grant, please complete our online form.
The Oregon Marine Reserves Partnership is a fiscally sponsored project of The Ocean Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization.