EMSWCD: Small Projects and Community Events (SPACE) Grants

The East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District (EMSWCD)

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Grant amount: Up to US $2,000

Next anticipated deadline: Mar 1, 2020

Later anticipated deadlines: Apr 1, 2020, May 1, 2020, Jun 1, 2020, Jul 1, 2020, Aug 1, 2020, Sep 1, 2020, Oct 1, 2020, Nov 1, 2020, Dec 1, 2020, Jan 1, 2021, Feb 1, 2021

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit College / University Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Multnomah County, Oregon

Location of residency: Oregon

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NOTE: Applications are considered on a first come, first served basis. Deadline is the 1st of the month. Applications should be submitted at least 30 days before date of project/event.

Small Projects and Community Events (SPACE) Grants

The Small Projects and Community Events (SPACE) Program provides grants of up to $2000 to support conservation projects, conservation education, and community events that promote natural resource conservation. Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, government agencies, and Native American tribes.

The types of projects/events that are eligible for SPACE Program funding include on-the-ground restoration or conservation projects, pollution prevention projects, education of youth and/or adults, community/school gardening, and community events focused on improving public understanding of natural resource conservation.

The types of projects/events that are eligible for SPACE funding are:

  • On-the-ground restoration or conservation project
  • Sustainable agriculture or gardening project
  • Pollution prevention project
  • Sustainable stormwater management project
  • Design/engineering of a conservation practice
  • Education of youth and/or adults
  • Community event focused on improving the public’s understanding of natural resource conservation

SPACE Program funding schedule and limits:

  • Maximum dollar limit is $2000 per application.
  • Applicants may apply for more than one project or event per fiscal year (July-June).
  • Payment may be made on an up-front or reimbursement basis, depending on the nature of the project/event and on applicant needs

The general guideline to be followed is that the total project budget does not exceed $10,000.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Eligible applicants:
    • Nonprofit organization or group – 501 (c) (3) status is not required if you have a fiscal sponsor
    • Educational institution
    • Government agency
    • Native American tribe
  • The project or event must meet these criteria:
    • Must address one or more of the following: soil erosion prevention/control, soil health, water quality, water conservation, watershed health.
    • In addition, it must:
      • Be located within the EMSWCD Service Area (Multnomah County east of the Willamette River), and/or
      • Directly benefit citizens of the District.


  • Preference may be given to small projects or events for which the level of funding provided by the District is a significant portion of the budget and will make a meaningful difference in ensuring the success of the project or event.