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Focused Investment Partnerships

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;
  • Is implemented by a high-performing partnership.

More about Focused Investment Partnerships

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:

  • Sagebrush/Sage-Steppe Habitat pdf  webmap
  • Oregon Closed Lakes Basin Wetlands Habitat pdf  webmap
  • Dry-Type Forest Habitat pdf  webmap
  • Oak Woodland and Prairie Habitat pdf  webmap
  • Coho Habitat and Populations Along the Oregon Coast pdf  webmap
  • Aquatic Habitat for Native Fish Species pdf  webmap
  • Coastal Estuaries in Oregon pdf  webmap

Get information about the priority-setting process​.

What Types of Funding are Offered?

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

If the partnership is already established and has an existing strategic action plan, the partnership will be able to apply for Focused Investment Partnership Implementation funding. If a partnership wants to be considered for OWEB Implementation funding, it will need to submit a completed strategic action plan (see guidance below) with a Focused Investment Partnership Program application.

  For questions about Focused Investment program funding, contact Eric Williams at eric.williams@oregon.gov.

How Do I Apply?

Capacity-Building TA FIP Program Grants: 2017-2019 Cycle

Purpose

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.

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

Solicitation Process

March1-April 30, 2017: Required OWEB consultation. All potential applicants must schedule a 30-minute consultation with Courtney Shaff, OWEB's Capacity Coordinator. Consultations can be scheduled by emailing Kristi Cederburg.

June 12, 2017: Application deadline. Applications must be submitted via email using the most current application materials posted online.

October 24-25, 2017: OWEB Board Meeting to award Capacity Building TA grants.

For applications to be accepted, applicants must

  • Utilize the current application forms posted online
  • Request no more than $150,000
  • Participate in a consultation between March1 and April 30, 2017
  • Submit applications by email by 5:00pm, June 12, 2017

Late applications will not be accepted!

Access applications here. For Online Grant Management System questions, call Cyrus Curry at 503-986-5371.

Questions?

Contact Courtney Shaff at 503-986-0046 or courtney.shaff@oregon.gov

Implementation: Next cycle will be announced in 2018

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. 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 Andrew Dutterer at andrew.dutterer@oregon.gov.

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