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. Projects must show a clear public benefit in one or more of the following: habitat restoration or watershed health, soil erosion prevention/control, soil health, water quality, water conservation, and/or environmental education.
We are now receiving applications for the 2018 Partners in Conservation Grant Cycle! Learn more about the PIC Grant Program and how to apply below. Please note all application materials are due by December 15th, 2017. Download the 2018 PIC guidelines here.
Apply for a PIC Grant
We use an online application system called ZoomGrants. To get started, please create an account and password on the EMSWCD ZoomGrants webpage if you don’t already have one.
Once you have created an account on ZoomGrants, you will have access to a Tutorial in the “Library” that provides a step-by-step guide to filling out the application and submission. Note: If you already have a ZoomGrants account from last year or from an application to Metro or another organization that uses ZoomGrants, you should enter your existing login information in the page linked above. Please contact our Grants Program Manager, Suzanne Easton, with any questions: Suzanne@emswcd.org / (503) 935-5370.
Learn more about the PIC Grants program
Find out everything you need to know about who we fund, what sorts of projects we fund, funding amounts and more below. If you are considering applying for a PIC grant, please read over the 2018 PIC Guidelines for more detailed information and general instructions. Past grants awarded and other PIC-related documents can be found here.
Eligible applicants include:
- Non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations
- Non-profit entities without 501(c)(3) status that retain a qualified fiscal agent
- Educational institutions
- Government agencies
- Native American tribes
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.
Funding amounts and grant categories:
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 EMSWCD’s mission (The mission of the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District is to help people care for land and water. Our vision is that our lands and waters are healthy and sustain farms, forests, wildlife and communities.). 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 EMSWCD’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.
Questions? Contact our Grants Manager!
Suzanne Easton – Grants Manager
- Email Suzanne
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 EMSWCD funding, applicant must match with at least one dollar of funding from another source) to support the project. Payment for approved expenses will be made by EMSWCD 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:
Grant applications are due by December 15th. The applications are reviewed by our PIC Grant Review Committee, and the committee typically makes its decision by early April of the next calendar year.