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Grants to Portland area, Oregon nonprofit organizations, groups, agencies, and neighborhood associations for community partnerships that improve the region's habitat. To start the application process, applicants must first submit a pre-application. Eligible projects are those that improve water quality, fish and wildlife habitat, and connect people with nature.
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 communities of color and other historically marginalized groups.
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.
- Goal 1: Improve water quality, fish and wildlife habitat
- Goal 2: Community partnerships
- Goal 3: Economic and environmental equity
Funding is available for projects that:
- Preserve and restore local fish and wildlife habitat
- 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 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 marginalized groups.
GrantWatch ID#: 170542
Small grants have a maximum award of $50,000 and large grants have a maximum award of $100,000.
After being awarded the grant, projects must be completed within 24 months.
Community groups, watershed councils, neighborhood associations, nonprofits, faith groups and service groups with nonprofit or other tax-exempt status may apply. Metro is not eligible to apply for or receive grant funds.
Metro allows the use of fiscal agents for groups that don’t have 501(c)(3) status.
- Projects must occur on publicly-owned or permanently protected lands within the metropolitan-area urban growth boundary or Metro’s jurisdictional boundary, with a few exceptions.
- Projects may occur on Metro-owned property; however, Metro may not receive grant funding.
- All projects must benefit Metro-region residents.
- Projects on private land must be able to show a clear public and environmental benefit.
- 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.
To learn more about Metro’s restoration and community stewardship grants, attend one of the grant workshops from 5 - 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 9 or 3 - 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 10th at Metro (600 NE Grand Avenue, Portland, Oregon).
Availability of grant funds announced: November 2018
Restoration grant workshop and one-on-one opportunities: January 2019
Restoration pre-applications due to Metro: Tuesday, 4 p.m., January 29, 2019
Successful pre-applications invited to submit full applications: March 2019
Final applications due to Metro: Tuesday, 4 p.m., April 9, 2019
Grant awards recommendation announced: June 2019
Metro Council awards grants and funds become available: July 2019
Applicants are encouraged to contact Metro staff to discuss the proposed program or project, partners and grant criteria. Staff is available to help you make your application as strong as possible.
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.
- Projects require a 1:1 match. 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.
USA: Oregon: Portland Metropolitan area