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East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District

2023-2024 SPACE – Small Projects and Community Events
Deadline  6/30/2024
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Description  [hide this]

The SPACE Grant Program advances EMSWCD's mission of helping people care for land and water by providing small grants for communities growing healthy food, improving water quality, restoring fish and wildlife habitat, and other related efforts. Schools, community groups, and nonprofit organizations are all encouraged to apply. By providing accessible funding for short-term projects and events, groups can undertake important smaller-scale conservation activities in the community with less lead time and administrative burden than larger grant programs. Everyone deserves the benefits of healthy soil and water and access to outdoor experiences and outdoor education and we are looking for opportunities to broaden participation and expand the impact of our grants. EMSWCD now provides SPACE grant awards of up to $2,500. Applications are reviewed by staff for eligibility and how strongly they meet the program criteria. EMSWCD's Executive Director or authorized senior staff have final approval. SPACE Grants are reviewed and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Funding decisions are usually made within three to four weeks after applying.

Requirements  [hide this]

To be eligible for SPACE Grant Program funding, the applicant must meet one of the following criteria: 1. Non-profit 501(c)(3) organization 2. Non-profit groups without 501(c)(3) status (for example, community groups, neighborhood groups, etc.) that retain a qualified fiscal sponsor 3. Educational institution 4. Government agency 5. Native American tribe. Businesses and private landowners are not eligible for this program but are encouraged to consider the EMSWCD CLIP program. The types of projects/events that are eligible for SPACE Program funding are: 1. On-the-ground habitat improvement project. Examples: native plant/tree planting, invasive weed control, erosion control, pollinator gardens. 2. Sustainable agriculture or gardening project. Examples: establishing new school and community gardens/orchards, garden education or upgrading existing gardens, composting systems, water saving irrigation, use of beneficial insects. 3. Pollution prevention project. Examples: trash cleanup along a stream, toxics/pesticide reduction workshop. 4. Sustainable stormwater management project. Examples: parking lot bioswale, rain garden, tree planting, pavement removal. 5. Monitoring project. Examples: volunteer training, monitoring events such as a bioblitz. 6. Outdoor nature education programs for youth and/or adults. Examples: classroom/outdoor programs, workshops, teacher training, signage, Earth Day event. 7. Furthering diversity, equity and inclusion in the conservation sector and through conservation projects. Example: stipends or scholarships to promote the participation of underserved populations and communities of color. 8. Building capacity for conservation in community-based organizations. Examples: training to build conservation knowledge and technical skills in staff or board, event speakers, project planning.

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Funding Schedule and Limits 1. The maximum dollar limit for requests is $2,500 per application. If funded, the amount awarded for a particular project or event will be determined by the EMSWCD. 2. Applications will be accepted and considered on a first-come, first-served basis during the fiscal year (July to June). 3. Applicants are not encouraged to submit applications for more than one project or event per fiscal year.  4. If the available funds for the SPACE Program for a given fiscal year are not committed before the fiscal year ends, additional applications may be considered. 5. Payments for approved awards can be made on a reimbursement basis or as an up-front payment. For reimbursement payments, grantees must submit copies of bills and/or receipts with their final report to EMSWCD after the completion of the project or event. For up-front payments, funds will be provided prior to the project or event, and grantees must submit copies of bills and/or receipts to EMSWCD after project completion along with their final report. 6. For awards over $600, the income may be taxable. EMSWCD will request an IRS W-9 form from applicants to which this requirement may apply and will report the income on a 1099-MISC form. Grant recipients are responsible for any tax consequences associated with the receipt of grant funds. 7. Total project budgets should normally be $10,000 or less. If your total project budget exceeds this amount, please contact a staff person to provide more information. 8. If you are awarded a grant, you may need to provide a landowner letter of approval prior to obtaining an EMSWCD’s signature on your contract. This applies if the landowner/manager is other than the applicant organization. Please see the documents section for more information and the landowner letter template.

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