Grants

  1. For more information on the grant programs, contact the District at (503) 391-9927 or send email to office@marionswcd.net

    2017 LANDOWNER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM SUMMER/FALL ROUNDS OF FUNDING ANNOUNCED – May 19, 2017

    The Marion Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) announces two potential rounds of funding for their Landowner Assistance Program during the summer and fall of 2017. Program funding will be contingent upon final approval of the SWCD’s 2017-2018 budget in June.  The program is designed to assist landowners/operators who want to install conservation practices on their property to address natural resource concerns, problems or enhance any existing resources. The SWCD has five priority resource areas that the program practices address which are: Water Quantity, Water Quality, Wetland Riparian Areas, Soils and Invasive Plants. The SWCD would like to encourage landowners/operators in the Mill Creek area to apply to this program too as the SWCD is working in that area under a separate grant.  For those interested in participating in the Landowner Assistance Program and for eligibility requirements, you will need to contact a SWCD conservation planner on or before June 30, 2017.  You can call the office at 503-391-9927 or send an email to office@marionswcd.net and in the Subject Line reference Landowner Assistance Program. When calling or emailing staff, please describe your project or natural resource concern that you would like to have assistance with and when you anticipate your project being finished. For those who miss the June 30th deadline, the SWCD may announce another date in late summer for the next round if there are still funds available.   During the previous two years, Marion SWCD has awarded $250,000 in funding to conservation projects in Marion County through the program. In the upcoming program year, the SWCD anticipates allocating $125,000 for grants of up to $7,500 with a required 50% match from the landowner.

     LAP Program Details

     

    • Projects should include conservation practices or best management practices (BMPs) that solve a specific natural resource issue (such as erosion, weed control, overgrazing, etc.).
    • Marion SWCD will pay up to 50% of the project cost, to a maximum of $7,500. Marion SWCD reimburses applicants for actual costs once the project is completed to the appropriate specifications. In addition, there is a $20,000 maximum payout per entity in any five consecutive fiscal year period. All LAP funds may be considered income and that the applicant will receive a 1099 tax form
    • Landowners are required to provide a minimum of 50% of the project funds, which can be provided as labor costs, materials, cash, or financial assistance from other sources. This can be provided as labor costs, materials, cash, or financial assistance from other sources.
    • Preference will be given to applications that meet district focus and priorities. For more information contact a district technician.
    • Funded projects may serve as demonstration projects for other landowners. Some project sites are used for tours showcasing conservation practices, featured in presentations by SWCD staff, and featured in articles in the quarterly newsletter.

    CLEAR Grant Program Details

    1. The project or event must advance the mission of the Marion SWCD: “To protect, conserve and improve the quality of soil, air and water in Marion County.”
    2. The project or event must address one or more of the following: Water Quality & Conservation, Soil Quality & Conservation, and/or Sustainable Land Use.
    3. In addition, it must be located within the Marion SWCD District boundary and directly benefit citizens of the District. See District Zone Map.
    4. One signed hard copy of the application must be submitted via mail or dropped off to the Marion SWCD Office. Applications may be signed, scanned and submitted to the District electronically in place of a hard copy.

    OWEB Program Details

    1. The Small Grant Program is a competitive grant program that awards funds of up to $9,000 for on-the-ground restoration projects.
    2. A Small Grant applicant must be a tribe, watershed council, or soil and water conservation district.
    3. These entities act on behalf of private landowners, not-for-profit institutions, schools, community colleges, state institutions of higher education, independent not-for-profit institutions of higher education, and local, state, or federal agencies.
    4. The project must be an on-the-ground restoration project in Oregon. Monitoring, education, and outreach projects are not eligible. The project must demonstrate benefits to aquatic species, wildlife, or watershed health.
    5. Evidence of at least 25 percent secured match funding, based on the total OWEB award, must be shown prior to disbursement of grant funds

    Special Project Grants (SPG) Details

    The Special Projects Grant (SPG) supports projects that provide examples of practices that, if widely adopted, could solve a local area resource concern through either new and innovative technologies or proven but under-represented technologies

    Projects should include conservation practices or best management practices (BMPs) that solve a specific natural resource issue (such as erosion, weed control, overgrazing, etc.).
    • Projects should include conservation practices or best management practices (BMPs) that solve a specific natural resource issue (such as erosion, weed control, overgrazing, etc.).
    • Marion SWCD will pay up to 50% of the project cost, to a maximum of $7,500. Marion SWCD reimburses applicants for actual costs once the project is completed to the appropriate specifications. In addition, there is a $20,000 maximum payout per entity in any five consecutive fiscal year period. All LAP funds may be considered income and that the applicant will receive a 1099 tax form
    • Landowners are required to provide a minimum of 50% of the project funds, which can be provided as labor costs, materials, cash, or financial assistance from other sources. This can be provided as labor costs, materials, cash, or financial assistance from other sources.
    • Preference will be given to applications that meet district focus and priorities. For more information contact a district technician.
    • Funded projects may serve as demonstration projects for other landowners. Some project sites are used for tours showcasing conservation practices, featured in presentations by SWCD staff, and featured in articles in the quarterly newsletter.
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    1. Applicant must be the landowner or land operator of the property in which the project is to be constructed. Or, Contractors or businesses with valid Oregon Licenses may partner with the landowner or land operator of the property in which the project is to be constructed providing the landowner or operator is the primary applicant.
    2. Marion SWCD will pay up to 50% of the project cost, to a maximum of $7,500. Marion SWCD reimburses applicants for actual costs once the project is completed to the appropriate specifications. In addition, there is a $20,000 maximum payout per entity in any five year period.
    3. Landowners are required to provide the remaining 50% of the project funds. This can be provided as labor costs, materials, cash, or financial assistance from other sources.
    4. Funded projects may serve as demonstration projects for other landowners. Some project sites are used for tours showcasing conservation practices, featured in presentations by SWCD staff, and in articles of the quarterly newsletter. Some sites may be eligible to receive a sign indicating project type and funding source.
    5. The total project cost must not exceed $50,000, due to regulations regarding state labor and wage laws set by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries.

    Examples of Special Projects:

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