Grant Opportunities


Securing grant funds may make the difference in accomplishing project goals and objectives. There are a variety of grants available to private landowners from local to state to federal agencies. The key is finding out what grant(s) fits the project you have identified. Please look through the funding opportunities below to see what best suits your needs.


West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District operates two grant programs, CARE and FISH.

The CARE Program is a tool for assisting landowners and land managers who are already receiving technical assistance from the District and the FISH Program leverages District funds through conservation-related work that is carried out by cooperators.

Local and Regional Grants

Other local partners in restoring watershed health include the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services, Metro Regional Government, and non-profit organizations such as SOLVE (Stop Oregon Litter and Vandalism.

State of Oregon Grants

A number of grants are available from state agencies such as the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB), Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW), Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ). In addition, you may also qualify for tax credits.

Federal Grants

The District partners with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) – Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to offer conservation services to landowners.

Grant Writing Tips

For tips on the best way to construct your grant, please read our Grant Writing Tips document.


Crossroads Community Garden

This project, funded through a WMSWCD “FISH” Grant, involves a number of community partners; Friends of Portland Community Gardens, Hillsdale Community Church/United Church of Christ, and others. Dubbed the Crossroads Community Garden, it will be […]

Columbia Farms Chemical Storage Facility

With the help of a grant provided by WMSWCD, Columbia Farms installed an agricultural chemical handling and storage building. This structure allows¬†the farm to store all of its pesticides and other farm chemicals in an […]

Sauvie Island Academy School Garden

Sauvie Island Academy (SIA) located amongst the rural farmland on Sauvie Island is a public charter K-8 school with strong environmental and place-based curriculum. The District has partnered with SIA for several years on a […]