The Oregon Marine Reserves Partnership (OMRP), a consortium of nonprofit organizations that seeks to engage the public in the stewardship of Oregon’s marine reserves, announced its second year of funding for marine reserve community grants.
Oregon has five marine reserves: Redfish Rocks (Port Orford), Cape Perpetua (Yachats), Otter Rock (Newport), Cascade Head (Lincoln City), and Cape Falcon (Manzanita). Cape Falcon is the most recent reserve to be designated; it came online January 1. The reserves serve both as living laboratories, where we can learn about Oregon’s ocean environment as well as to contribute to ocean health.
OMRP seeks to award communities and community groups up to $5,000 for each project to engage people in the stewardship of Oregon’s marine reserves and protected areas through a variety of activities, from interpretive programs, to ecology camps, videos, and other activities. 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.
Eligible organizations/projects must be based in Oregon. 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.
OMRP supported six community grants in 2015, including a Ridge-to-Reef Watershed Ecology Camp and public event at Cascade Head, Cape Perpetua Visitor Center Communications Coordinator, four public events highlighting the land-sea connection at Cape Falcon as well as outreach to local homeowners and residents at Cape Falcon, and a video for Redfish Rocks.
The grant application closes February 28, 2016. Applicants can apply online at: www.oregonmarinereserves.org/community-grants.