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 District 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.

We are now receiving applications for the 2017 Partners in Conservation Grant Cycle! Learn more about the PIC Grant Program and how to apply below. Please note all application materials are due by December 15th, 2016.

Apply for a PIC Grant

We have adopted an online application system called ZoomGrants for our 2017 grant cycle. To get started, please create an account and password on the EMSWCD ZoomGrants webpage.

Apply on the EMSWCD
ZoomGrants webpage

Once you have created an account on ZoomGrants, you will have access to a Tutorial in the “Library” that provides a step-by-step guide to filling out the application and submission. Note: If you already have a ZoomGrants account from an application to Metro or another organization that uses ZoomGrants, you should enter your existing login information in the page linked above. Please contact our Grants Program Manager, Suzanne Easton, with any questions: / (503) 935-5370.

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. If you are considering applying for a PIC grant, please read over the 2017 PIC Guidelines for more detailed information 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
      • Monitoring
      • Environmental education of youth and/or adults
      • Building capacity for conservation in community-based organizations.

Funding amounts and grant categories:

Two categories of grants are now available:

        • PIC Grants: Intended for shorter term projects with a one year time frame. The minimum grant award is $5,000 and the maximum is $60,000.
        • PIC Plus Grants: Intended for projects with a time frame of two to three years. The minimum grant award is $5,000 and the maximum is $100,000 per year for up to three years.

Not sure whether PIC or PIC Plus grant is more suitable for your project? Here are two example projects to help distinguish between the two types of grants:

Suzanne Easton

Questions? Contact our Grants Manager!

Suzanne Easton – 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 EMSWCD funding, applicant must match with at least one dollar of funding from another source) to support the project.  Payment for approved expenses will be made by EMSWCD 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:

Applications for 2017 PIC and PIC Plus grants are due by December 15th, 2016. If you apply for a PIC grant and do not receive a confirmation by December 16th, please contact our Grants Program Manager, Suzanne Easton, at or (503) 935-5370.