DEQ is encouraging grant proposals that further the current priorities for implementing Oregon’s 2050 Vision for materials management.
A proposal may receive focus area points for projects that increase or improve online or other access to activities that reduce the environmental and human health impacts of materials (materials management activities).
- Access must comply with state COVID-19-related guidelines and restrictions. Additional points will be awarded for projects that increase or improve access for historically marginalized communities.
- A project can touch on either or both of these characteristics. The scoring committee will allocate from zero (0) to twenty (20) points for projects that are linked to the focus area. The number of points attributed to a focus area project will depend on how directly it embodies the focus area and how they explain they are providing a service that is needed by the community targeted (Is somebody else doing similar work? Is there a population not being served right now? Is the community targeted the one saying they need this or it is assumed by the applicant?)
Every year, DEQ includes “focus points” to bolster the state’s efforts around specific projects or agency initiatives. For example, two years ago the focus was on food waste prevention. This year’s focus points align with DEQ’s efforts to help organizations affected by COVID-19 and/or support historically marginalized communities. While the focus points will help elevate certain projects, they are in no way intended to discourage other applications who may not qualify for these points. DEQ looks to fund a wide array of projects that reflect both project and geographic diversity. Your project does not need to qualify for the focus points in order for it to be funded. Learn more about this year's focus points on page 3 and 4 of the grant Instructions document.