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Focused Investment Partnerships Priorities
On July 29, 2014, the OWEB Board approved a process to implement a new Focused Investment Partnership program as a part of the agency's grant offerings, including the setting of priorities for Focused Investment Partnerships.​​
Priorities ​

  Between August 2014 and April 2015, the OWEB Board will receive input as it develops a set of priorities of ecological significance to the state for Focused Investment Partnership funding. The first phase of this input process ran August 1, 2014 through October 15, 2014 (see below). The Board will solicit public input for priorities at the January and April 2015 Board Meetings. These Priorities will apply only to the Focused Investment Partnership funding within OWEB’s spending plan (currently between 10-12% of OWEB’s funds). 

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
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 recommendations 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

 

  For general questions about the Focused Investment Partnership program, contact Renee Davis at renee.davis@oweb.state.or.us.


Stakeholder Input About Priorities

  In April 2015, the Board will decide on its Focused Investment Partnership program 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.​ ​The Board received more than forty submissions for input on Priorities, which may be viewed at the link below.


Focused Investment Partnership Funding
  In May 2015, staff will open solicitation for Focused Investment Partnership funding within the Board’s identified Priorities. Funding will be provided in two categories. Under Focused Investment Partnership Capacity-Building funding, partnerships may apply for technical assistance to develop or enhance a strategic action plan 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 may apply for Focused Investment Partnership Implementation funding. More details will be available regarding the application process in the coming months.


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