OWEB Focused Investment Partnerships: Capacity Building TA Grants

Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB)

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Grant amount: Up to US $150,000

Next anticipated deadline: Apr 30, 2019 (Pre proposal)

Later anticipated deadlines: Jun 12, 2019 5:00pm PDT (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Organizations

Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: Oregon

Location of residency: Oregon

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Note:  All potential applicants must schedule a 30-minute consultation with OWEB's Capacity Coordinator. Required consultations must take place before the "pre-proposal" deadline listed above. 

Focused Investment Partnership Definition

A Focused Investment Partnership is an OWEB investment that:

  • Addresses a Board-identified Focused Investment Priority of significance to the state; 
  • Achieves clear and measurable ecological outcomes;
  • Uses integrated, results-oriented approaches as identified through a strategic action plan; and 
  • Is implemented by a high-performing partnership.

Focused Investments Partnership Priorities

In April 2015, the Board approved Focused Investment Partnership Priorities for the 2015-2017 biennium. The 2015 Focused Investment Partnership staff report from the April Board meeting is available. Priorities for 2015-2017 are:

Funding Type Offered - Capacity Building TA Grants

OWEB’s Focused Investment Partnership investments will be made in two categories. This page details Capacity Building Grants.

Focused Investment Partnership Capacity-Building 

Under Focused Investment Partnership Capacity-Building funding, partnerships will be able to apply for technical assistance to develop a strategic action plan for their partnership or build their capacity to partner at a high-performing level.

Capacity-Building TA grant funding is intended to support existing partnerships in their pursuit of building their capacity to partner at a high-performing level, and/or generate a new strategic action plan or enhance an existing strategic action plan for an OWEB Focused Investment Priority (see section above). Additional activities this funding supports include community engagement and outreach related specifically to these efforts. This funding cannot be used for conducting new research, monitoring, and/or assessments, or writing future FIP Implementation grant applications.

Existing partnerships are ones that include the necessary and sufficient partners to ultimately implement the partnership’s strategic action plan. Partnerships may continue to evolve during the Capacity-Building period, but the core partners should have an existing working relationship prior to submitting a Capacity-Building application. Applicants must also demonstrate a strong commitment to meet Focused Investment Partnership criteria in the future, and clearly identify how this funding will help the partnerships meet those criteria.

Note: Receipt of Capacity Building TA funding does not guarantee future Focused Investment Partnership Implementation funding from OWEB.

Requirements for a Strategic Action Plan

 As part of its Focused Investment Partnership program process, OWEB is requiring each partnership to have a strategic action plan. In developing a new strategic action plan, partnerships must address all components of the plan template. If your partnership already has one relevant, current, published plan, use the template as a reference to ensure that you account for any missing required components.

The OWEB Board will fund Implementation proposals for up to six years. Your strategic action plan will cover a specific geography and should be small enough to be completed within that timeframe. However, if your plan covers an area too large to be completed in six years, your application to OWEB should address a smaller portion of the “big picture.”

Subsequent Focused Investment Partnership application submissions could address remaining areas for similar recovery actions. The strategic action plan must cover the entire area the partnership intends to address long term. The Focused Investment Partnership focus area for which you submit an application will likely constitute one portion of the area in the strategic action plan.

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


  • Groups may apply for Capacity-Building funding to acquire technical assistance to develop a strategic action plan or build their capacity to partner.
  • Applicants must provide at least 25% match funding (cash or in-kind). 


  • This funding cannot be used for conducting new research, monitoring and/or assessments, or writing future FIP Implementation grant applications.