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Partners in Conservation (PIC) Grants

Grants to East Multnomah County, Oregon Nonprofits, Schools,
and Agencies for Conservation Education Programs

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Funding Source:

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East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District (EMSWCD)

Deadline Date:

12/15/17 4:00 PM


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Grants starting at $5,000 to East Multnomah County, Oregon nonprofits, educational institutions, Native American tribes, and government agencies to support environmental conservation and education programs. Applicants for larger or more long-term grants must contact program staff prior to applying.

Projects must show a clear public benefit in the following areas: habitat restoration, watershed health, soil erosion prevention/control, soil health, water quality, water conservation, and environmental education.

Examples of projects eligible for funding include:

- On-the-ground restoration or conservation projects
- Sustainable agriculture or gardening projects
- Pollution prevention projects
- Sustainable stormwater management projects
- Engineering of a conservation project
- Monitoring
- Environmental education of youth and/or adults
- Building capacity for conservation in community-based organizations.

The District specifically encourages projects that serve or engage disadvantaged populations and diverse communities. The District also encourages projects with a plan for long-term maintenance and viability.

Two categories of grants are now available:

- PIC Grants: Intended for shorter-term projects with a one-year time frame. The minimum grant award is $5,000 and the maximum is $60,000.
- PIC Plus Grants: Intended for projects with a time frame of two to three years. The minimum grant award is $5,000 and the maximum is $100,000 per year for up to three years.

In its Strategic Plan, the EMSWCD has identified four goals for the Grants Program. The first goal addresses the intent to complement the EMSWCD core rural and urban program areas with external grant funding. The other three program goals focus on outcomes unique to the grants program that still fulfill the EMSWCD mission to help people care for land and water.

Goal 1: Complement other EMSWCD program efforts by providing grants to partners that will improve surface water quality, decrease soil erosion, enhance and protect natural habitats, and promote sustainable agriculture.

Goal 2: Reach a broad cross-section of school age children in the District with profound experiential education regarding soil and water conservation-related issues.

Goal 3: Establish an equitable distribution of sustainable community and school gardens throughout the urban areas of the District.

Goal 4: Equitably build conservation capacity in community-based organizations throughout the District.

Eligible project types:
1. On-the-ground restoration or conservation project. Examples: tree planting, invasive weed control, stream bank re-vegetation, habitat restoration/enhancement.
2. Sustainable agriculture or gardening project. Examples: establishing new school and community gardens/orchards, garden education, composting systems, use of beneficial insects.
3. Pollution prevention project. Examples: trash cleanup along a stream, toxics/pesticide reduction program.
4. Sustainable stormwater management project. Examples: parking lot bioswale, raingarden, tree planting, pavement removal.
5. Engineering of a conservation project. Examples: engineering of a soil erosion control project, stream/fish passage restoration, in-stream habitat improvements.
6. Monitoring project. Examples: evaluation of weed control or sediment control methods, water quality monitoring.
7. Environmental education of youth and/or adults. Examples: implementation of classroom or outdoor education program, workshops, training, signage.
8. Building capacity for conservation in community-based organizations. Examples: training to build conservation knowledge and technical skills, partnerships between organizations to share expertise, participation of underserved populations and communities of color.

Only a very limited number of PIC PLUS Grants will be awarded in any given year if any, and the application process is considerably more rigorous than the standard PIC process. In addition to the application, applicants may be asked to host a site visit or sit for an interview with staff/board members, provide supplemental materials, or significantly revise their application. Applicants should seriously consider all of the following criteria when determining whether to apply for a PIC Plus grant. Priority will be given to the following:
1. Projects that very closely align with the EMSWCD’s mission and priorities;
2. Large, complex, collaborative projects that involve key stakeholders;
3. Projects that demonstrate significantly enhanced opportunities and project outcomes from multi-year funding including partnerships, community involvement, on the ground delivery, and funding.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 141659

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Estimated Size of Grant:

- PIC Grants: The minimum grant award is $5,000 and the maximum is $60,000.
- PIC Plus Grants: The minimum grant award is $5,000 and the maximum is $100,000 per year for up to three years.

Term of Contract:

PIC Grants are intended for shorter term projects with a one-year time frame.
PIC Plus grants are intended for projects with a time frame of 2 - 3 years.

Applicants should not plan to commence work on projects for which EMSWCD funds may be used until after June 1st, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include:
- Non-profit 501(c)(3) organization
- Non-profit entities without 501(c)(3) status that retain a qualified fiscal agent
- Educational institutions
- Government agencies
- Native American tribes

Projects must take place within the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District service area, which includes all Multnomah County east of the Willamette River.

Ineligible entities and project types:
1. Rainwater harvesting systems or cisterns unless those components are incidental and
subordinate to a larger project.
2. Private businesses and landowners (funding and technical assistance from the EMSWCD may be available for these entities under other EMSWCD programs).
3. Buildings and capital projects unless these components are incidental and subordinate to a
larger project.
4. Capital campaigns
5. Political campaigns (EMSWCD is statutorily prohibited from supporting such activity).
6. Required mitigation projects.

Pre-Application Information:

Organizations planning to apply for a PIC Plus grant (grants for projects with a time frame of two to three years) or for a grant over $30,000 must contact Suzanne prior to submitting an application.

For grants over $10,000, applicants are expected to secure matching funds to support the project, in an amount equal to or exceeding the amount requested from EMSWCD. This match may include cash, in-kind contributions, funding from other sources, or a combination thereof.

Deadline for submission for this funding cycle (Fiscal Year 2017-18) is 4 p.m. Friday, December 15, 2017. Applications must be submitted online via ZoomGrants.

A review committee made up of EMSWCD board representatives and members of the community will participate in reviewing and ranking the 2018 PIC applications.

It is anticipated that PIC 2017 funding recommendations will be considered and decided upon at the EMSWCD Board meeting on April 2, 2018.

Payment will be made by EMSWCD on a reimbursement basis, up to the amount awarded by the District. The project budget should be seen as an estimate of anticipated expenses.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit via ZoomGrants:

Suzanne Easton, Grants Manager

East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District
5211 N. Williams Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97217

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Oregon: Multnomah County east of the Willamette River