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Partnership Technical Assistance

Overview

Partnership technical assistance grants, formerly Development FIPs, support existing partnerships to: 

  1. generate a new or enhance an existing strategic action plan,
  2. elevate the partnership’s current level of performance, and 
  3. support partnership capacity.

Projects do not have to address one of OWEB’s Board-identified Focused Investment priorities.

Applicants can request a maximum of $150,000. Grants can last up to 3 years.

Program Materials

Refer to the Guidance for Partnership Technical Assistance Application document for assistance with the requirements and processes for Partnership TA grants.

Purpose

Technical assistance for existing partnerships to develop or enhance a strategic action plan and partnership governance.

Eligibility to apply

Must be an existing partnership

Eligible Activities

  • Produce a new strategic action plan
  • Enhance an existing strategic action plan
  • Elevate the partnership’s performance through effective governance

Ineligible Activities

  • Conducting new research, monitoring, and/or assessments
  • ​Project Implementation​
  • Writing future FIP Implementation grant applications

Purpose

Support existing partnerships with a strategic action plan to support strategic action plan coordination and implementation

Eligibility to apply

*Funds may be used to add Theory of Change and/or Progress Monitoring Framework sections to the existing strategic action plan.

Eligible Activities

  • Partnership Coordinator or Chairperson
  • Staff time to assist with partnership administrative duties
  • Partnership meetings
  • Facilitation
  • Maintenance of partnership documents (e.g. strategic action plan, governance documents, fundraising plan, outreach/communication plan, etc.)
  • Project planning and/or prioritization software
  • Completing the Theory of Change and/or Progress Monitoring Framework sections of OWEB’s Strategic Action Plan guidance

Ineligible Activities

  • Conducting new research, monitoring, and/or assessments
  • Project Implementation
  • Writing future FIP Implementation grant applications

After grant applications are submitted:

  1. ​OWEB staff ​check project eligibility in each application.
  2. Review Teams will read applications.The Review Team meets to review applications based on criteria described in administrative rules. They recommend one of the following for each grant: a) Fund, b) Fund with conditions, c) Do not fund, or d) Defer to staff or the Board with an explanation if there is a policy issue or budget issue that needs to be addressed. Review Team will prioritize projects recommended for funding based on::
    1. How well the project meets the criteria established in OAR 695-030-0045 (3)​,
    2. Proposal clarity: clearly describes partner roles and responsibilities, timeliness of the proposed work, budget aligns with proposed work, identifies a common vision of success, and potential barriers to success.
    3. Technical soundness: qualifications of the technical staff or consultants, likelihood project will succeed and lead to future restoration or acquisition projects.
    4. Organizational capacity: engages appropriate partners, performance history and composition of the partnership.
    5. ​Stakeholder engagement: demonstrates support and engagement from appropriate stakeholders, effectiveness of communication among applicant and partners. 
  3. OWEB staff ​summarize Review Team comments into evaluations and recommend projects for funding to the board. OWEB staff post evaluations and staff recommendations online.
  4. The OWEB Board​ awards grants.

The deadline for Partnership Technical Assistance grant applications is December 9, 2022 by 5:00 pm. Late applications will not be accepted. The application is available through OWEB's Online Grant Application system.

Apply Online

Applications are accepted on a schedule determined by the OWEB Board each year and are submitted entirely through our online system. Information about current grant deadlines can be found on the Apply, Review, Award Process subsection of this webpage.

  1. Obtain a login (username and password).
    If your organization already has an OGMS login, skip to step 2.
    ​An OGMS login is required to access the online grant application. Only one login per organization is allowed. If no login exists for an organization, please email Leilani Sullivan to request one. Include the following in your email:
    • ​Organization name and address
    • Grantee Contact Information: name, title, email address, and phone number for the person who will receive all communication from OWEB and sign any grant agreements.
    • Payee Contact Information: name, email address, and phone number for the person who keeps records and submits payment requests and documentation.
    • FEIN (Federal Employer Identification Number). OWEB may enter into agreements only with legally established entities. OWEB will review potential applicants prior to creating an OGMS login.
    • Per federal guidance, all OWEB grantees must be registered at the System for Award Management (SAM) before receiving a grant agreement. Entities will received a non-proprietary identifier (called the Unique Entity Identifier (UEI).) This identifier is assigned by SAM (sam.gov​​ is a free service) and entities must update their registration annually.
  2. Log in to the Online Application.
    Guidance to help you fill out the application is always available in the top navigation bar of the online application. An application template is also available after you log in and choose "Create a New Application."

Contact

Denise Hoffert, Partnerships Coordinator, denise.hoffert@oweb.oregon.gov, 971-701-3206.

Administrative Rules

Oregon Administrative Rules