Small Projects and Community Events (SPACE) Grants

Seeds of Understanding - SPACE grant project site

    If you have a community project that meets our goals, apply now for up to $2,000 in support from our Small Projects and Community Events (SPACE) grants. We fund all sorts of projects including on-the-ground habitat restoration, tree planting, community or school gardening and garden education programs for youth, adults or families, and community nature events.

    Read the guidelines and consider submitting a request. Awards are made monthly on a first-come, first-served basis. Eligible applicants include nonprofit and community-based organizations, schools and educational institutions, local governments, and Native American tribes.

    Find out more and submit your application today!

    Applications are considered monthly on a first-come, first-served basis 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. Questions?  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 residents 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 $2,000 per application.
    • Applications are considered monthly on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications should be submitted at least 30 days before date of project/event.
    • Submitted your application 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 is that the total project budget does not exceed $10,000.