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

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

Proposed 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 suggestions for Priorities, which may be viewed at the link below.

Focused Investment Partnership Funding Program
  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 a strategic action plan for their partnership and program. 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.