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Nature in Neighborhoods - Community Stewardship and Restoration Grant

Grants to Oregon Nonprofits, Groups, and Agencies
for Partnerships that Improve the Local Environment

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09/14/21 4:00 PM


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Grants to Oregon nonprofit organizations, groups, agencies, and neighborhood associations in eligible areas for community partnerships that improve the local environment. Applicants must submit a preliminary application prior to submitting a full proposal. Eligible projects are those that improve water quality, fish and wildlife habitat, and connect people with nature. Projects and programs must benefit Portland Metro-area residents.

The restoration and community stewardship grants are intended to support community-driven initiatives and programs. Partnerships are key to a competitive proposal. These grants are intended to serve people of all ages and abilities from all backgrounds. Organizations are encouraged to submit applications for projects benefitting, designed by, and led by Black and Indigenous communities, communities of color and other marginalized groups. 

Successful applications typically involve multiple partners actively engaged in leveraging their skills and financial or in-kind services in order to facilitate the program. Partnerships should center racial equity and lead to creative approaches that address multiple social, economic and ecological needs and desires from the community. Therefore, this grant program requires each application to have at least three partners (including applicant). Applicants may partner in multiple grant applications.

Projects must address at least one of the program goals but priority will be given to applications that meet each of the three grant program’s goals.


Funding is available for projects that:

  • Preserve and restore local fish and wildlife habitat
  • Create, support and/or deepen partnerships in local communities
  • Address inequities in the conservation movement
  • Support larger conservation initiatives
  • Increase people's awareness of the need for protecting and managing natural areas
  • Engage people in protecting and managing natural areas at the community level
  • Increase the expertise and capacity of organizations to lead habitat restoration and land management activities
  • Provide environmental resources and economic opportunities to communities of color and other historically and continually marginalized groups
  • Offer direct access to protected natural areas and the positive impacts of clean land, air, and water to communities of color and other historically and continually marginalized groups.

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GrantWatch ID#: 170542

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Small grants have a maximum award of $50,000 and large grants have a maximum award of $100,000.

Term of Contract:

After being awarded the grant, projects must be completed within 36 months (3 years).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Community groups, watershed councils, collectives, neighborhood associations, nonprofits, faith groups and service groups with nonprofit or other tax-exempt status, or with a fiscal sponsor who has that status may apply. Metro is not eligible to apply for or receive grant funds.

- Projects must occur on publicly-owned or permanently protected lands, such as land trust property, within the metropolitan-area urban growth boundary or Metro’s jurisdictional boundary (, with a few exceptions.
-- Projects on private land must be able to show a clear public and environmental benefit.
- Projects may occur at Metro sites; however, Metro may not receive grant funding.
- All projects must benefit Metro-region residents.
- Projects cannot take the place of required mitigation or penalty payments or result in direct profit or proprietary resources.
- All projects must have written landowner permission at the time of full application.

Pre-Application Information:

- April 22, 2021: Availability of grant funds announced
- May and June 2021: Community stewardship and restoration grants workshop and one-on-one opportunities
- Tuesday, 4 p.m., June 22, 2021: Community stewardship and restoration grants preapplications due to Metro
- August 2021: Successful pre-applications invited to submit full applications
- Tuesday, 4 p.m., September 14, 2021: Final applications due to Metro
- October 2021: Grant awards recommendation announced
- November 2021: Metro Council awards grants and funds become available

Applicants are encouraged to contact Metro staff to discuss the proposed program or project, partnerships and grant criteria. Staff is available to help you make your application as strong as possible. Optional information sessions and office hours to assist you with your grant proposal will be announced on the website and by email.

The application process is a two-stage process including a pre-application phase and a full application phase. Potential applicants must submit a pre-application that describes how the program meets the purpose of the grant program and is achievable. Metro accepts pre-applications via the online system ZoomGrants. Full applications will only be accepted from applicants who have been invited to apply.

Financial Requirements:
- Projects require a minimum of 1:1 match of the awarded grant funds. The match should come from other funds and/or in-kind contribution(s) of materials, services or volunteer assistance.
- First year funding match must be secured at time of final application; funding match for additional years must be identified at the time of the final application. Other Metro funding cannot be applied towards match.
- Overhead costs are reimbursable up to 10 percent of the total grant award and as match up to 10 percent of the total project cost.

These grants are available every other year.

Contact Information:

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

To apply:

For additional information, please contact Karissa Lowe, Community Grants Program Manager, or 360-261-4683.

Crista Gardner

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