Funding Resources

Click here for technical assistance providers. They can help you define, design, and plan a project, which are necessary steps before beginning a grant proposal. Match refers to a requirement of additional funding through in-kind (volunteer) or dollar sources up to a defined percentage of the grant amount requested. If you have any questions about funding or applications, contact the WRC at watershed@swni.org.

 

Metro Nature in Neighborhoods Restoration Grants

  • Focus: individual, non-profit and government sponsored restoration, enhancement and education and efforts in regional watersheds
  • Deadline: Annual cycle, pre-application due in mid January. Grant workshop held in November
  • Match and limits- up to $25K, 1:1 match
  • Additional Metro Grant Opportunities
 

BES Community Watershed Stewardship Program

  • Focus: to schools, churches, businesses and other community organizations for projects that protect and enhance watershed health at the local level. Eligible project types include restoration, education and monitoring, stormwater, naturescaping, and ecoroofs. Up to $3,000 of the request can be for technical assistance and project coordination.
  • Deadline: Annually, in early April
  • Limits: Up to $10K per project. No match requirement, but projects that include matches are more competitive
 

SWNI Neighborhood Small Grants

  • Focus: Projects that increase community outreach, involvement and participation, including watershed issues
  • Deadline: Annually, in early January
  • Limits: Up to $1,500 per project
     

Grants for NW Neighborhoods

  • A list of various funding opportunities to support community projects in NW Portland (many of these grants can also apply to other areas of Portland as well)
 

Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board Small Grants

  • Focus: on-the-ground restoration projects on public or private lands
  • Deadline: Quarterly cycle
  • Limits and Match: Up to $10K per project; total cost must include a 25% match (e.g. $12,500 project total, $10,000 grant request, $2,500 landowner and/or in-kind)
 

West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District

  • Focus: conservation projects, conservation education, and community events that promote natural resource conservation
  • Deadline: See website link above for info on upcoming opportunities and deadlines
  • Limits: Dependent on project, contact conservation district staff for specific details (projects may apply during more than one funding cycle)
 

City of Portland % for Green

  • Focus: Enhance infrastructure for street and neighborhood level stormwater management projects.
  • Deadline: Twice yearly on November 1 and May 1
  • Limits and Match: No funding limit. No match requirement, but projects that include matches are more competitive
 

Other notes on funding:

  • There are many other funding sources for watershed education projects. Please contact the WRC at watershed@swni.org for assistance.
  • Projects done in partnership with SOLVE Earth Day events are eligible to apply for grants up to $100.
  • In the past, agencies such as the EPA, Oregon DEQ, National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, US Fish & Wildlife, and Oregon Dept of Fish & Wildlife have periodically had funding opportunities aligned with water quality or habitat enhancement.