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Partners in Conservation (PIC) Grants

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

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East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District (EMSWCD)

Deadline Date:

12/16/19 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. Funding is intended for projects that demonstrate a clear public benefit in the following areas: habitat restoration, environmental education, watershed health, soil erosion prevention/control, soil health, water quality, and water conservation.

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
  • Environmental education of youth and/or adults
  • Building capacity for conservation in community-based organizations.

Program Goals:

  • 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.

For additional information about program goals, see:

Low-income populations and communities of color have been disproportionately impacted by unhealthy environmental conditions and must often reside in areas comparatively lacking in natural amenities such as parks and tree cover. EMSWCD aims to respond more effectively to this historic and current reality. EMSWCD values the diversity of all residents as an integral part of the future success of  programs and organization, and of conservation efforts in the region. Moreover, they are committed to establishing meaningful and productive relationships with communities to learn how best to ensure equitable conservation outcomes and benefits. Through the Grants Program, EMSWCD looks to support projects that further the opportunities for the region’s diverse populations to participate and help shape conservation efforts.

For a list of eligible project types, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 141659

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum grant award is $5,000 and the maximum is $100,000. Larger grants (above $50,000) are more likely to be awarded to longer-term projects

Term of Contract:

The time frame for a project is up to two years. Applicants should not plan to commence work on projects for which EMSWCD funds may be used until after June 1, 2020. (Some exceptions may be made where there is sufficient advance notice.)

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.

An organization that has been awarded a grant for three consecutive years is eligible to reapply, but the application will be less competitive, all other factors being equal.

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:

The deadline for submission for this funding cycle (Fiscal Year 2019-20) is 4 p.m. Monday, December 16, 2019. Applications must be submitted online via ZoomGrants.

Only one grant application may be submitted per organization. If the applicant is a government organization, only one application may be submitted per bureau or department. The applicant may be a partner in more than one application.

It is anticipated that 2020 PIC funding recommendations will be considered, and final award decisions made at the EMSWCD Board meeting on April 6, 2020.

For grants up to $10,000, no matching funds are required. For grants over $10,000 applicants are required 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.


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