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 EMSWCD 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.

Apply for a PIC Grant

The 2020 PIC Grant application cycle ended on December 16th, 2019. Applications are being reviewed by EMSWCD staff and our PIC Grant Review Committee. The final decision on the 2020 PIC grant awards will be made by the EMSWCD Board of Directors on April 6th, 2020, and announcements will be made public within a few weeks. For general information on applying for a grant, please take a look at the 2020 PIC Guidelines. The next PIC grant cycle will begin in November 2020.

Please contact Suzanne if you have any questions at

Funding amounts

Multi-year PIC PLUS grants are no longer being offered. PIC Grants are now available for projects with up to a two-year time frame. The minimum grant award is $5,000 and the maximum is $100,000.

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 of in kind and/or cash funding from other sources to support the project. Payment for approved expenses will be made by EMSWCD on a reimbursement basis.

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. You can download the new 2020 PIC Guidelines here, which contain more detailed information about the goals of the program 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 monitoring of habitat conditions
  • Environmental education of youth and/or adults
  • Building organizational capacity for conservation efforts.

Not sure about whether PIC grants are suitable for your project? Here is more information along with a sample project:


Contact Suzanne Easton – Grants Manager

EMSWCD values the diversity of our residents as an integral part of the success of our programs and our organization. We are committed to learning how to best ensure equitable conservation benefits. Through our Grants Program, we look to support projects that further opportunities for our region’s diverse populations to participate and help shape conservation efforts.

Application Process and Deadline:

The latest 2020 PIC Grant cycle ended on December 16th, 2019. The applications will be reviewed by our PIC Grant Review Committee, and the committee typically makes its decision by early April of the next calendar year.