Small Projects and Community Events (SPACE) Grants

Seeds of Understanding - SPACE grant project site

    The Small Projects and Community Events (SPACE) Program provides grants of up to $2000 to support conservation projects, conservation education, and community events that promote natural resource conservation. Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, government agencies, and Native American tribes.

    The types of projects/events that are eligible for SPACE Program funding include on-the-ground restoration or conservation projects, pollution prevention projects, education of youth and/or adults, community/school gardening, and community events focused on improving public understanding of natural resource conservation.

    Completed application forms are due on the 1st of the month and should be submitted at least 30 days before the date of the project or event. Payments may be requested on an up-front or reimbursement basis.

    IMPORTANT: EMSWCD now uses an online grants management system called ZoomGrants. The online application is now active.
    Click here to apply
    using ZoomGrants

    If this is your first time using ZoomGrants, please use this tutorial to get started:
    ZoomGrants Tutorial for
    SPACE Grant Applicants

    We hope you will find ZoomGrants easy to use and we are here to help if you have any questions. For all queries, please contact our Grants Program Manager, Heather Nelson Kent:

    Download the SPACE Grant
    guidelines here

    Eligible applicants:
    • Nonprofit organization or group – 501 (c) (3) status is not required if you have a fiscal sponsor
    • Educational institution
    • Government agency
    • Native American tribe
    The project or event must meet these criteria:
    • Must address one or more of the following: soil erosion prevention/control, soil health, water quality, water conservation, watershed health.
    • In addition, it must:
      • Be located within the EMSWCD Service Area (Multnomah County east of the Willamette River), and/or
      • Directly benefit citizens of the District.
    The types of projects/events that are eligible for SPACE funding are:
    • On-the-ground restoration or conservation project
    • Sustainable agriculture or gardening project
    • Pollution prevention project
    • Sustainable stormwater management project
    • Design/engineering of a conservation practice
    • Education of youth and/or adults
    • Community event focused on improving the public’s understanding of natural resource conservation
    SPACE Program funding schedule and limits:
    • Maximum dollar limit is $2000 per application.
    • Applications are considered on a first come, first served basis. Deadline is the 1st of the month. Applications should be submitted at least 30 days before date of project/event.
    • Signed applications can be submitted via ZoomGrants, but please contact us if you do not have access to a computer or the internet.
    • Applicants may apply for more than one project or event per fiscal year (July-June).
    • Payment may be made on an up-front or reimbursement basis, depending on the nature of the project/event and on applicant needs.

    Note: Preference may be given to small projects or events for which the level of funding provided by the District is a significant portion of the budget and will make a meaningful difference in ensuring the success of the project or event. The general guideline to be followed is that the total project budget does not exceed $10,000.