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Environmental Services

working for clean rivers

Phone: 503-823-7740

Fax: 503-823-6995

1120 SW 5th Avenue, Room 1000, Portland, OR 97204

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Selection Criteria

Funding decisions are based on three criteria: watershed benefits, community involvement and partnerships, and equity.


What We Look For

Watershed Benefits

CWSP seeks to award funding to projects that can clearly demonstrate the watershed benefits of their project. Project elements can include:
  • Number of natives planted
  • Square feet of area enhanced
  • Square feet treated by ecoroof, disconnection, or sustainable stormwater feature
  • Linear feet of stream enhanced

Community Involvement and Partnerships

CWSP seeks to award funding to projects that create strong partnerships, build capacity in local communities and increase the ability of all communities to connect with their watershed.
  • Project involves multiple partnerships
  • Project involves volunteers and participants beyond the project coordinators
  • Project builds and/or strengthens relationships among groups and organizations

Equity and Leadership of Underrepresented Communities

CWSP seeks to award grants in a manner that advances the City’s established equity goals, with regard to where projects are carried out and who they involve and benefit. We encourage projects that expand and diversify leadership and participation in watershed stewardship. Such projects include those that:
  • Are led by, or include meaningful partnerships with, people of color, low-income residents, immigrants, youth, elders, those with disabilities, and other underrepresented groups;
  • Educate and involve individuals and groups that have not previously participated in watershed stewardship projects;
  • Are located in areas of the city that have been historically underfunded by CWSP (see map at