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East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District
Grants Program
2024 Partners in Conservation (PIC)
CLOSED  Deadline  12/14/2023
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Partners in Conservation Grant Program  [hide this]

The East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District (EMSWCD) has established the Partners in Conservation (PIC) Grant Program to advance its mission: To Help People Care for Soil and Water through grants to other organizations in the EMSWCD service area. We specifically encourage projects that are led by, serve or engage low-income communities and communities of color. In all cases, projects must show a clear public benefit and meet the Grant Program Goals:

  1. Complement other EMSWCD program efforts in water quality, soil health, fish and wildlife habitat and sustainable agriculture.
  2. Increase conservation benefits for communities and populations experiencing disparities in environmental health, environmental education, and natural amenities.
  3. Build resilience to climate change in local communities, mitigate climate change impacts; build momentum for climate change action.
  4. Establish school and community gardens and support sustainable and culturally appropriate agriculture practices.
  5. Prepare residents for careers or education in natural resources, agriculture, nature education, or other nature-related fields by supporting mentorship, youth programs, and job skill development.
  • Funding level: a minimum grant award is $5,000 up to a maximum of $70,000.
  • Project timeframe: from short-term projects up to a maximum duration of two years.

Approximately $800,000 will be available for the PIC 2024 funding cycle. Please refer to the PIC 2024 Handbook for further details, available for download in the Library Tab. Do you have questions about ZoomGrants? Use the Help button at the top of the page. For more information, please visit ZoomGrants University or contact the Help Desk at To ensure that you are receiving emails about your grant, please add to your “safe senders list” the email address

If you have questions about your grant application or program, please contact Heather Nelson Kent, Grants Program Manager at or 503-935-5370. For more information on EMSWCD Grants Program please visit the EMSWCD website.

Eligibility and Funding Criteria  [hide this]

Eligible applicants for the PIC program:

  1. Community-based organizations with nonprofit status; 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations.
  2. Community groups without nonprofit status may apply for an EMSWCD grant with a fiscal sponsor. A fiscal sponsor is an eligible nonprofit organization that provides organizational infrastructure, insurance coverage and administrative support for managing a grant. If a group has neither federal tax exemption nor a fiscal sponsor, please contact us before applying.
  3. Government agencies or educational institutions.
  4. Native American tribes.

Projects must meet these criteria to receive PIC funding:

  1. Must be located within EMSWCD’s service area (Multnomah County lying east of the Willamette River centerline) or demonstrate direct benefit to EMSWCD residents. Click here for more information about the district and a map showing our district boundary.
  2. Grantees (and/or their fiscal sponsors) are required to carry insurance coverage and are responsible for the proper use, accounting, and reporting of grant funds. EMSWCD reports grant distributions to the IRS.
  3. Must advance the mission of the EMSWCD “To Help People Care for Land and Water.”
  4. Must address one or more of the Grant Program Goals (PIC 2024 Handbook p. 5).

Eligible project types:

  1. On-the-ground restoration or conservation project. Examples: stream bank revegetation, fish and wildlife habitat restoration and/or enhancement, weed control.
  2. Sustainable agriculture or gardening project. Examples: establishing or maintaining school or community gardens and/or orchards, native gathering gardens, composting systems, irrigation systems, and farm intern programs.
  3. Water quality project. Examples: parking lot bioswale, rain garden, tree planting, stream restoration and trash clean up.
  4. Hands-on learning about healthy soil and water, wildlife, and climate change for youth and/or adults. Examples: nature education, farm and garden education, workshops or classroom programs, training, and signage.
  5. Expanding equitable access to nature education, conservation, and sustainable ag/garden projects and programs. Examples: development of projects or programs designed for communities of color and/or other historically marginalized people, retaining and restoring cultural and community traditions related to land and water, partnership development, staff and board equity and inclusion (DEI) training.
  6. Environmental health projects in Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and other underserved and/or environmentally impacted communities; low-income communities. Examples: increase access to sustainably grown and culturally relevant food and plants, toxics/pesticide reduction, tree planting and pavement removal to reduce temperatures in developed areas.
  7. Design or engineering of a conservation project. Examples: engineering of a soil erosion control project, stream/fish passage restoration, and in-stream habitat improvements.
  8. Monitoring project. Examples: tree canopy assessment, evaluation of weed treatment or sediment control methods, and water quality monitoring.

Restrictions  [hide this]

The PIC Grant Program does not fund the following project types:

  1. Private businesses and landowners (funding and technical assistance from the EMSWCD may be available 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.

Library  [hide this]
Description File Name Date Uploaded File Type
Exhibit A_SOW 2024_PIC_FundingAgreement_ExhibitA_SOW_Template.docx 11/30/2023 8:56:12 AM DOCX
Exhibit B_Budget 2024_PIC_FundingAgreement_ExhibitB_Project_Budget_Template.xlsx 11/30/2023 8:56:28 AM XLSX
Exhibit C_Indemnity 2024PICFundingAgreement_ExhibitC_ThirdPartyContractorIndemnityTemplate.docx 11/30/2023 8:57:06 AM DOCX

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