Cooperative Landowner Incentive Program (CLIP)

The CLIP cost-share program is designed to fix natural resource issues on private properties, including private residences, businesses, and properties owned or managed by non-profits. Rural CLIP addresses issues such as erosion, invasive species, water conservation, and mud management. Urban CLIP addresses erosion, invasive species, and water quality.

Cost share increased to 75% as of July 1st 

Once your resource concerns are identified and treatments options recommended, EMSWCD can pay for 75% of the project cost. All CLIP grant applications are reviewed by our grants team and must be approved by our Board of Directors. Properties must reside inside EMSWCD’s service area, which is all Multnomah County east of the Willamette River.

Eligible applicants:

Rural Landowners:

  • Rural acreage, hobby farm, and small woodlot owners
  • Commercial farms and nurseries
  • Land managers or renters of agricultural land (with landowner’s consent)

Urban Landowners:

  • Within 300 feet of a stream, river, or wetland, and/or a “high conservation value” natural area as determined by EMSWCD staff
  • Low-income multifamily housing units anywhere within Portland’s Urban Growth Boundary
  • Private properties anywhere within the Stormwater Incentive Zone (which is currently Gresham’s Downspout Disconnection zone)*

*Private single-family properties within the Stormwater Incentive zone but not within 300 feet of a waterway or natural area are eligible for stormwater assistance only.


Find out if you’re eligible!

Contact our technical staff to find out if your project is eligible for a CLIP grant:

CLIP projects must address one or more of the following:

Rural CLIP:

  • Soil erosion
  • Soil health
  • Water quality
  • Water use (on working agricultural or range lands only)
  • Natural habitat (including fish passage)
  • Watershed health

Urban CLIP:

  • Soil Erosion
  • Stormwater management and water quality
  • Invasive species


Application process:

  1. Contact Jeremy or Whitney, who will provide technical assistance to help you decide how you want to address the resource concern.
  2. If the proposed solution meets criteria for CLIP funding, they will assist you with filling out the application.
  3. Whitney or Jeremy will present the application to the internal review team. Applications are reviewed once a month on an on-going basis.
  4. Once the application is approved and signed, work can begin. Reimbursements for approved expenses will be distributed as receipts are received.

Please note: Funding is contingent on approval by the Board of Directors.