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Community Watershed Stewardship Program (CWSP) - Stewardship Grant

Grants to Portland, Oregon Nonprofits, For-Profits,
and Groups to Enhance Local Watersheds

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City of Portland, Environmental Services and Portland State University

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Deadline Date:

04/19/19 4:00 PM


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Grants of up to $12,000 to Portland, Oregon nonprofits, for-profits, groups, and associations for projects to improve watershed quality. To start the application process, applicants are required to submit a letter of inquiry. Funding is intended support residents and community groups who wish to provide watershed education or protect the City’s watersheds.

Eligible costs include but are not limited to:
-Materials and Supplies including plants*, mulch, soil, compost, tools, small equipment rentals and gravel;
-Refreshments; up to $200 dollars can be spent on snacks and drinks for volunteers and work crews;
-Staff/Professional Services; up to $3,000 dollars can be spent on staff/professional services including technical assistance, contracted services, project coordination, and youth compensation. An additional $2,000 can also be used for direct compensation to youth participants.

*Eligible plants include food plants as well as plants native to the lower Willamette Valley. Native plants must be included on the Portland Plant List.

Eligible Projects:

CWSP grants will only support work performed in the City of Portland. Because Portland sewer ratepayers fund the grants program, all grants must benefit Portland residents. Projects must be easily accessible or visible to the general public and also show a clear public benefit.

Project Categories

Eligible projects include, but are not limited to:
-Youth leadership and job skills programs—Projects that benefit both young people and the environment.
-Environment Education and Art—Could include innovative workshops, curricula, creative writing, art projects, special events, or interpretive signs.
-Pavement Removal and Urban Restoration—Projects that remove pavement or other impervious surfaces and replace it with native plants, gardens, or pervious pavement.
-Natural Areas Restoration—Projects that remove invasive species and plant native plants.
-Rain Gardens and Stormwater Management—Projects such as ecoroofs, rain gardens or swales that collect rain water from roofs and paved areas and let it soak into the ground.
-Community Gardens—Gardens can contribute to watershed health in many ways.
-Cleanup—Projects that remove trash from parks, and natural areas bene t the watershed and turn neglected places in to community assets.
-Monitoring—Projects that collect data with a commitment to use it as part of a larger watershed enhancement project.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179522

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $12,000

Term of Contract:

All grant funds must be spent between July 1 through June 30 of the grant year.

Groups can be funded for a maximum of three consecutive years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
Community groups, businesses, nonprofits, student groups, schools, faith organizations, neighborhood or business associations, and service groups within the City of Portland are eligible to apply. Groups can be funded for a maximum of three consecutive years.

Ineligible Applicants and Projects:
Government agencies are not eligible but can be project partners. Projects that take the place of required mitigation or penalty payments are not eligible for funding.

Funds cannot be spent on:
-Insecticides or herbicides;
-Alcoholic beverages; and

Pre-Application Information:

Pre-application forms are due by 4 p.m. Friday February 1, 2019.

Application deadline is 4 p.m. Friday April 19, 2019.

Projects located in Portland Parks and Recreation natural areas must contact Maija Spencer three to four weeks in advance of submitting your application.

Matching funds (donations from private and public groups) are not required but demonstrate support for your project and strengthen your proposal.

Matching funds may be in-kind or cash. In-kind donations are donations of products and services, and include volunteer time and labor. Cash donations are donations of money, generally for a specific budget item.

The application process is a two-stage process including a pre-application phase and an application phase. Potential applicants must submit a pre-application describing the proposed project and how it meets the program requirements. Following the review of pre-applications by the grant review committee, CWSP will invite selected groups to submit a full application.

The grant review committee will use the pre-application as the primary basis to determine funding eligibility and to provide feedback on how the grant can best meet CWSP goals.

Applicants who do not receive an invitation to submit a full application will be notified by CWSP.

Contact Information:

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

Submit the Pre-Application by its deadline in February to the
Community Watershed Stewardship Coordinator at:

Community Watershed Stewardship Program
Environmental Services
1120 SW 5th Avenue Room 1000
Portland, Oregon 97204

Or at:

Maija Spencer, Portland Parks and Recreation
(503) 823-5593

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Oregon: City of Portland