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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 (Multnomah County lying east of the Willamette River) 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.

New PIC Grant Deadline

Please note that PIC grant applications are due on December 15th this year. Please check back periodically; more updates and information on PIC grants will be posted in the next few weeks!

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
  • Business or commercial property owners
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 limits and required contribution:

In 2013, PIC grants were awarded to 30 projects totaling over $770,000. This year, the District has approximately $550,000 to award among all projects (combined).

Two categories of grants are now available:
  • PIC: For shorter term projects with a one year timeframe, the minimum grant award is $5,000 and the maximum is $60,000.
  • PIC Plus: For longer term projects with greater than one year and up to three year timeframe, the minimum grant award is $5,000 and the maximum is $100,000 per year for up to three years.
  • We have had a number of inquiries asking for clarification between the categories of PIC and PIC Plus. The following should help distinguish between the two:
    • PIC projects are typically short term (will generally take 1 year or less to implement), discrete projects that advance the mission of the District. An example is the Sandy River Basin Watershed Council application.
    • 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. An example is the Friends of Zenger Farm application.
    • PIC Plus projects must 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.

Please contact District staff listed below if further clarification is needed.

Suzanne Easton – Grants Specialist

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:

The application forms have changed, so please be sure to use only the most recent forms which can be found through the link below. The deadline for the 2014 PIC applications has passed. The next deadline will be early 2015.

Downloadable Guidelines and Forms:

To download all the necessary forms and information, click here.