Partners in Conservation (PIC) Information
This 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.
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:
Last year, PIC grants were awarded to 29 projects totaling over $850,000. 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 Mirror Lake Stewardship Project.
- 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. Since this is the first year the District has offered this type of grant, we don't have specific examples of projects, however a general example is the type of work The Nature Conservancy and Metro are doing along the Sandy River between Dabney State Park and Oxbow Regional Park. Click here for a summary of the Sandy River Project.
- 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 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.
- Lissa Adams - Grants Manager
- Laurel MacMillan
- Lissa Adams - Grants Manager
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 below. There are changes to the guidelines and application process from past years, so please read the application and instructions carefully. The next deadline for Applications will be January 18, 2013.
Downloadable Guidelines & Forms:
PIC Guidelines (56 kB)
PIC Application (for shorter term projects - 1 year timeframe):
PIC Application (109.5 kB)
PIC BUDGET FORM:
PIC Budget Form (42 kB)
PIC Plus Application (for longer term projects - greater than 1 year and up to 3 year timeframe):
PIC Plus Application (113.5 kB)
PIC Plus BUDGET FORM:
PIC Plus Budget Form (75.5 kB)