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Partners in Conservation (PIC) Grants

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East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District (EMSWCD)

Deadline Date:

12/15/21 4:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to Oregon nonprofit organizations, agencies, educational institutions, and Native American tribes for conservation-related projects in the funding source's service area. Funding is intended for projects that will benefit the public. Projects or events must be located within the EMSWCD service area (all Multnomah County east of the Willamette River) or serve its residents.

This program provides funding to support conservation projects and conservation education in the EMSWCD service area.  EMSWCD specifically encourages projects that are led by, engage or benefit Black, Indigenous and other people of color, low-income communities, or other historically marginalized groups. In all cases, projects must show a clear public benefit in one or more of the following: environmental education, habitat restoration, watershed health, soil erosion prevention/control, soil health, water quality, water conservation.

EMSWCD has identified six goals for the Grants Program:

  • Goal 1: Complement other EMSWCD program efforts in water quality, soil health, habitat restoration and sustainable agriculture.
  • Goal 2: Increase environmental literacy of EMSWCD residents
  • Goal 3: Increase capacity and strengthen organizational structures needed to advance equitable outcomes
  • Goal 4: Establish and support sustainable school and community gardens throughout the urban areas of the EMSWCD service area.
  • Goal 5: Increase the urban tree canopy and support a sustainable urban forest.
  • Goal 6: Increase conservation benefits for communities and populations experiencing disparities in environmental health, environmental education, and natural amenities.

Eligible project types:

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

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 141659

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum grant award is $5,000 and the maximum is $100,000.

Term of Contract:

PIC grants may be awarded for projects up to two years in duration.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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

Ineligible entities and project types:
1. Private businesses and landowners (funding and technical assistance from the EMSWCD may be available for these entities under other EMSWCD programs).
2. Rainwater harvesting systems or cisterns unless those components are incidental and subordinate to a larger project.
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:

Funding Schedule and Deadlines:
1. Deadline for submission for this 2022 PIC funding cycle (Fiscal Year 2021-22) is at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, December 15, 2021. Applications must be submitted online via ZoomGrants.
2. The PIC Review Committee meetings will take place in late February/early March of 2022.
3. It is anticipated that 2022 PIC funding recommendations will be considered and final award decisions made at the EMSWCD Board meeting in April 2022.
4. Applicants should not plan to commence work on projects for which EMSWCD funds may be used until after June 1st, 2022. (Some exceptions may be made where there is sufficient advance

Only one grant application may be submitted per organization.

For grants up to $10,000, no matching funds are required. For grants over $10,000 EMSWCD requires the applicant to secure at least a 1:1 match of in kind and/or cash funding from other sources to support the project.

Payment for approved expenses will be made by EMSWCD on a reimbursement basis. Applicants can request an up-front payment of up to 30% of the total grant award amount.


Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Applicants are encouraged to call with any questions:
Contact: Andrew Brown (Grants Program supervisor)
Phone: 971-867-0614
Address: East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District
5211 N Williams Ave., Portland, OR 97217

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Oregon: Multnomah County east of the Willamette River

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