Environmental Services is accepting proposals for community-based projects that will benefit neighborhoods and communities and improve watershed health in Portland. The Community Watershed Stewardship Program (CWSP) provides grants of up to $10,000. CWSP encourages applications for projects led by people of color, immigrants, elders, youth, people with disabilities, low-income residents and other underrepresented groups.
Last year, CWSP grants funded 12 community projects. Past projects improved neighborhood livability and developed community leadership by constructing rain gardens to manage stormwater runoff, restoring native plants to improve wildlife habitat, and cleaning up and restoring natural areas.
“Through environmental education and the practical implementation of green solutions to manage stormwater, Community Watershed Stewardship grants have inspired groups to action across the city,” said City Commissioner Nick Fish. “The impact of these grants is multiplied many times over by the sweat equity of volunteers who take personal ownership of their neighborhood projects.”
This year, applicants will propose projects by submitting a one-page pre-application form. The pre-application deadline is 4:00 p.m. Friday, February 14. Staff will review the project proposals and invite selected applicants to submit a full application form.
Program information and application forms are available at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/stewardship. For help developing project ideas and putting together an application, contact Rosa Lehman at 503-823-7917.
2014 Grant Workshops
Environmental Services has scheduled three grant workshops to answer questions and help with applications:
- Saturday, January 18
2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Holgate Library,7905 SE Holgate Boulevard
- Thursday, January 23
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
East Portland Community Center, 740 SE 106th
- Monday, January 27
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Kenton Library, 8226 N Denver
For more information contact Linc Mann, 503-823-5328.
The Bureau of Environmental Services provides city residents with Clean River programs including, water quality protection, wastewater collection and treatment, and sewer installation.