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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 Renee Davis at renee.davis@oweb.state.or.us.

Focused Investments Partnership 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 developed a timeline and a set of questions for stakeholder response. During the first phase of input, the Board received more than forty suggestions for Priorities.​

The steps for priority-setting are as follows:​

1) ​August 1-October 15, 2​014 ​OWEB Board rec​eives potential priorities suggestions and input from stakeholders
​2) October 28-29​​​, 20​​14  ​OWEB Board meeting in Grants Pass - opportunity for stakeholders to provide input o​n priority suggestions and receive additional suggestions during public comment process​
3) October-December, 2014 ​OWEB staff and Focused Investment Subcommittee review all input; combine similar suggestions and develop summary for Board, along with preliminary recommendations about priorities
4) ​January 27-28, 2015 ​OWEB Board Meeting in Astoria – Board reviews subcommittee summary; additional opportunity for stakeholders to provide feedback on suggestions during public comment 
5) January-March, 2015
​Subcommittee and staff solicit additional input as needed through a variety of mechanisms; revise preliminary recommendmations based on feedback from Board and stakeholders
​6) April 28-29, 2015 ​Board Meeting in Salem - review final draft priorities; additional opportunity for public comment; Board approves final priorities

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

  If the partnership is already estab​lished 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 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 Renee Davis at renee.davis@oweb.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 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 Wendy Hudson at wendy.hudson@state.or.us.