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Focused Investment Partnerships
​Definition ​​
 A Focused Inve​stment 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;
  • Is implemented by a high-performing partnership.
​Overview ​

  In April 2015, the OWEB Board will decide on its Focused Investment Partnership Priorities for the 2015-2017 biennium. In May 2015, staff will open solicitation for Focused Investment Partnership funding based on the Board’s identified Priorities.

  For general questions about the Focused Investment Partnership program, contact Meta Loftsgaarden at meta.loftsgaarden@state.or.us.

Proposing Priorities ​

  In April 2015, the Board will decide on its Focused Investment Partnership Priorities for the 2015-2017 biennium. In an effort to secure early advice and input from a broad cross-section of stakeholders, the Board has developed a timeline and a set of questions​ for stakeholder response.

If you are interested in providing input to the Board during this first phase of priority-setting, please review the timeline and respond to the questions in a letter. The Board has identified these questions as a part of their decision-making process. The Board recommends submissions not exceed ten pages. Address letters to the OWEB Board, c/o Linda Burnett, with subject line "Proposed Focused Investment Partnership Priority Response." You may submit it by mail (775 Summer St NE, Salem OR 97301), by email (linda.burnett@state.or.us​), or by fax (503-986-0199). You may also call with questions at 503-986-0178. 

Focused Investment Partnership Funding
  Under Focused Investment Partnership Capacity-Building funding, partnerships may apply for technical assistance to develop a strategic action plan for their partnership and program.

  If the partnership is already estab​lished and has an existing strategic action plan, the partnership may apply for Focused Investment Partnership Implementation funding. If your partnership wants to be considered for OWEB Implementation funding, it will need to submit a completed strategic action plan with a Focused Investment Partnership Program application.

  More information about the application process will be available at a later date. For questions about Focused Investment program funding, contact Meta Loftsgaarden at meta.loftsgaarden@state.or.us.

Developing Strategic Action Plans
​  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 elements.

  The OWEB Board will fund Implementation proposals for 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 and not just the area for which you submit a FIP application. OWEB staff are available to help you and your partners understand the processes for the strategic action plan and Focused Investment Partnership Funding.

  If you have questions about the strategic action plan, contact Wendy Hudson at 503-986-0061 or wendy.hudson@state.or.us​.