Grant opportunity

Do you have a great idea for a community project or environmental improvement action that needs funding?  Up to $12,000 is available for community projects!

CWSP (Community Watershed Stewardship Program) is a small community grant program at the City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services. CWSP supports local groups implement projects that meet community needs and improve environmental health.

CWSP encourages applications for projects that involve the leadership and meaningful participation of people of color, immigrants, elders, youth, those with disabilities, low-income residents, and other underrepresented groups. We hope you’ll help spread the news!

CWSP provides stewardship grants of up to $12,000 each for projects that help Portlanders make improvements in their neighborhoods and communities while also improving watershed health.

Projects that can be funded include:

  • Neighborhood safety, health and livability
  • Youth leadership and skills development
  • Community gardens and green spaces
  • Art and education
  • Cleanup and restoration
  • Stormwater Management

For examples of previous projects, grant writing instructions and applications click here.

  • Our first Grant Writing Workshop will be  Friday, March 18th at 10am via zoom.  email us here for a link!
  • Short Pre-Applications due Friday, April 3rd
  • To apply, simply follow the link to fill out a short pre-application that outlines your idea!  A grant review committee will then invite selected applicants to submit a longer full application due in June. 

For help developing project ideas and putting together an application contact the CWSP Coordinators at


For more information and application materials to come, visit the CWSP website!

(*Please be patient if the website link isn’t fully functional – it is brand new.  Until it’s fully ready we’ll use email as your best information source – thanks for your patience as the bureau seeks to improve services!)

Daryl Houtman

Environmental Program Coordinator,  Community Engagement

(he/him pronouns)

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