Partners in Conservation (PIC) Grants

The Partners in Conservation (PIC) program provides funding to support conservation projects and conservation education in the District. In order to be eligible for funding, projects or events must be located within the District service area (all Multnomah County east of the Willamette River) or serve its residents, and fit one or more of the following categories: soil erosion prevention/control, soil health, environmental education, water quality, water conservation, watershed health or habitat restoration.

Eligible applicants include:
  • Nonprofit organizations (501(c)(3) status is not required if there is a qualified fiscal agent)
  • Educational institutions
  • Government agencies
  • Native American tribes
Examples of projects eligible for funding include:
  • On-the-ground conservation or restoration projects
  • Sustainable agriculture or gardening projects
  • Engineering of a conservation project
  • Pollution prevention projects
  • Sustainable stormwater management projects
  • Monitoring projects
  • Environmental education of youth and/or adults.

Funding amounts and grant categories:

In 2015, PIC grants were awarded to 24 projects, totaling $739,322. Learn more about the 2015 PIC grants here.

Two categories of grants are now available:

  • PIC Grants: Intended for shorter term projects with a one year time frame. The minimum grant award is $5,000 and the maximum is $60,000.
  • PIC Plus Grants: Intended for projects with a time frame of two to three years. The minimum grant award is $5,000 and the maximum is $100,000 per year for up to three years.

Not sure whether PIC or PIC Plus grant is more suitable for your project? Here are two example projects to help distinguish between the two types of grants:

  • PIC projects are typically short term (usually taking one year or less to implement), discrete projects that advance the mission of the District. Take a look at this sample PIC application from Depave for an example.
  • PIC Plus projects are larger, complex projects that extend over multiple years and must align with the District’s mission and core priorities as outlined in our Strategic Plan. Download the sample PIC Plus Application from PFTP for a good example of a PIC Plus project.
  • PIC Plus projects must also be able to demonstrate that multi-year funding will result in a significantly higher level of sustainability and effectiveness, as well as significantly enhanced leveraging opportunities including enhanced partnerships, community involvement, funding and on-the-ground delivery.
  • We anticipate that the PIC Plus process will continue to be extremely competitive and only a very few PIC Plus grants will be awarded.
  • Both types of projects should have strong, long-term viability and plans for future monitoring and maintenance.
Suzanne Easton

Questions? Contact our Grants Manager!

Suzanne Easton – Grants Manager

For grants up to $10,000, no matching funds are required. For grants over $10,000 we require the applicant to secure at least a 1:1 match (for every dollar of District funding, applicant must match with at least one dollar of non-District funding) to support the project.  Payment for approved expenses will be made by the District on a reimbursement basis.

We specifically encourage projects that serve or engage disadvantaged populations and diverse communities. We also encourage projects with a plan for long term maintenance and viability. In all cases, projects must show a clear public benefit in one or more of the following: soil erosion prevention/control, soil health, environmental education, water quality, water conservation, watershed health or habitat restoration.

Application Process & Deadline:

Applications for 2016 PIC and PIC Plus grants are due by December 15th, 2015. If you apply for a PIC grant and do not receive a confirmation by December 16th, please contact our grants manager, Suzanne Easton, at or (503) 935-5370.

Downloadable Guidelines and Forms:

The 2016 PIC and PIC Plus forms are now available! Download all the necessary forms and information here.