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Financial Assistance

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Partner funding

We provide modest financial assistance to partner organizations that are efficiently and effectively doing work that supports our mission. In general, we aim to fund existing programs and provide operational support for partner organizations. In some cases, funding may involve a specific scope of work that we will develop in collaboration with our partners. See recipients of partnership funds in our past year’s annual report.

Funding criteria: For an organization to be considered for project funding, the following criteria must be met.

1. The organization must:

    • Work within our district
    • Complement district efforts rather than duplicate them
    • Display a clear benefit to private lands and/or residents of our district
    • Have a work plan or scope of work in place with identified goals
    • Have the ability to use the funds in the current fiscal year (July 1–June 30)
    • Be financially independent or have an established fiscal agent
    • Have the ability to supplement with funds from other sources

2. The partner’s mission must align with our mission: We provide resources, education, and expertise to inspire people to actively improve air and water quality, fish and wildlife habitat, and soil health.

3. The partner’s work must address one or more of our Long Range Business Plan Strategic Directions:

    1. Equity & Inclusion: Embed equity and inclusion in all that we are and all that we do.
    2. Organizational Health: Ensure we are welcoming, adaptable, supportive, effective, and sustainable in our practices.
    3. Financial Sustainability: Ensure we are financially sustainable.
    4. Water & Soil: Protect and improve water quality and soil health.
    5. Habitats & Biodiversity: Protect, enhance, and restore biodiversity, native landscapes, habitats, and ecological function.
    6. Farm, Forest & Garden Health: Enhance the long-term health and productivity of farms, forests, woodlands, and gardens.
    7. Climate Change: Promote resilient environments and communities in the face of climate change.
    8. Conservation Information: Share conservation information so people have the knowledge and confidence to take action.
    9. Relationships with the Land: Enhance, support, and create opportunities for all people, especially those historically and presently displaced from and deprived of land, to foster mutually beneficial relationships with the land.
    10. Long-term Success: Provide for the long-term continuous success of our conservation actions.

4. Only required for partners focusing on land access and educational programs: The partner’s work helps advance the goals listed below. Learn more about these goals in our Education Program Niche Finding report.

    • Increase access to land among Black, Indigenous, and other people of color and culturally specific groups
    • Increase culturally specific land-based education, including funding and support for BIPOC-led and culturally specific groups to provide land-based education

How to apply

If your organization is interested in applying for partner funding please complete our Partner Funding Application Form.

1) Current funding opportunity: We have $15,000 available to new partners for programs that will be delivered by June 30, 2023.

Any potential new partners interested in this current funding opportunity are encouraged to attend an information session on 12/15/22 from 12-1 p.m. on Zoom and/or inquire with Mary Logalbo, Partner Funding Program Manager, at mary@wmswcd.org or (971) 265-9867. To request the Zoom invite, email mary@wmswcd.org by noon on 12/14 with the subject “Partner Info.” 

2) Next year funding: We are accepting applications from potential new partners and previously funded partners for programming to be delivered July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024.  If you’d like to apply for funding both this year and next, you must submit two separate applications.

General information: Contact us at info@wmswcd.org with questions or comments.

Projects

Hummingbird Hill Forest Restoration Project

In 2013, West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District board member Jane Hartline met Carol Canning at a gathering in Linnton.  They quickly bonded over their distaste of English ivy, in particular the ivy covering […]

Lakeside Pollinator Habitat

When we’re approached by woodland owners in our District, they have lots of plans and ideas.  The first step is to help them create a  management plan that covers their ideas and plans for the […]

Balch Creek Pollinator Habitat

We create management plans with many woodland owners in our District and often recommend ways to improve wildlife habitat. We like to recommend enhanced pollinator habitat, and woodland owners are frequently interested in adding this […]