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Apply for an OCRF grant

How to Apply

OCRF applicants must review the Conservation & Recreation Advisory Committee's Expenditure Framework. The Committee encourages applicants to pay particular attention to the list of Program Priorities and Committee Review Criteria. The Committee encourages all applicants to review the Oregon Conservation Strategy and be prepared to describe how your work aligns with the Strategy before completing your application.

Project proposals must be submitted using the digital form. We encourage you to develop your responses in advance and complete the digital form all at once to avoid any issues with returning to the form once you've started. The Committee may request additional information from the applicants throughout the review process.

Questions can be referred to the Department of Fish and Wildlife via email: odfw.ocrf@odfw.oregon.gov or by phone: 971-719-1192

OCRF Application Details

Project Review Timeline – Winter/Spring 2022

  • December 17 – Applications open
  • February 25 - Deadline for submission
  • March and April - ODFW staff and Advisory Committee member review period
  • May 6 - Advisory Committee project recommendations determined
  • June 17 - ODFW Commission considers recommendations:
  • July 2022 - Grant agreements with selected recipients and project work commences

Funds Available – Winter/Spring 2022

The legislature has appropriated just over $2.5 million to the Oregon Conservation & Recreation Fund for the 2021-2023 biennium. For projects submitted by the February 25 deadline, the maximum funding request is $50,000 and the Committee expects to select approximately 15 projects for a total of $750,000.

A portion of the state funds available in the Conservation & Recreation Fund are currently contingent on matching donations generated through OregonIsAlive.org and the Department of Fish and Wildlife's Electronic Licensing System. To date, over $900,000 for the OCRF has been generated by individual donations and we appreciate your support for the ongoing OCRF fundraising efforts.

How the Committee will evaluate proposals

The Advisory Committee will evaluate proposals based on the criteria below.

  • Project outcomes align with OCRF Program Priorities identified in the Expenditure Framework and are consistent with the Oregon Conservation Strategy
  • Clarity of the proposal – well presented, organized and with clear deliverables. Clear budget.
  • Impact or scale of the proposed actions – the Committee seeks projects that have high impact on participating individuals or the target species or habitat.
  • Cost efficiency of the proposed actions – the Committee seeks projects that maximize the use of funds to achieve the stated outcomes and will consider the reasonable application of administrative costs
  • Timeliness and/or have the necessary approvals in place – the Committee seeks projects that will be implemented quickly
  • Appropriate partnership and demonstration of partner investment – project engages a variety of partners and shows commitment from participants and is clear about what each partner has committed to the project
  • Measurability – the applicant has identified the ability to quantify the results of the project
  • Outdoor Equity - How well projects engage Oregonians in the solution to a key conservation issue or in recreational opportunities that reach out to and engage people who have not participated in the past because of language barriers, financial barriers, access barriers, etc.
  • Addresses the types of diversity identified in the Portfolio Metrics (see below section)

The Committee will also look favorably on proposals that demonstrate:

  • Proven track record of applicant to achieve stated outcomes
  • Integration/intersectionality between conservation and recreation

Expenditure Portfolio

The Advisory Committee seeks to make multiple, diverse expenditures. The below list is an informal characterization of the metrics the Committee will consider to ensure that the suite of projects they select are diverse enough to represent the breadth of work the Committee can support.
Portfolio Metrics

  • Diverse geography (east/west, north/south, urban/rural, OCS ecoregions)
  • Diverse taxonomically (fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds, mammals, invertebrates)
  • Diverse representation of program priorities (see Expenditure Framework)
  • Diverse partners engaged & included in the overall portfolio
  • Directly engages Oregonians in the solution to a key conservation issue or in recreational opportunities that reach out to and engage people who have not participated in the past because of language barriers, financial barriers, access barriers, etc.

Submitting Proposals

OCRF applicants must review the Conservation & Recreation Advisory Committee's Expenditure Framework. The Committee encourages applicants to pay particular attention to the list of Program Priorities and Committee Review Criteria. The Committee encourages all applicants to review the Oregon Conservation Strategy and be prepared to describe how your work aligns with the Strategy before completing your application.
Project proposals must be submitted using the digital form. A PDF copy of the form is also available. We encourage you to develop your responses in advance and complete the digital form all at once to avoid any issues with returning to the form once you've started. The Committee may request additional information from the applicants throughout the review process.

Questions can be referred to the Department of Fish and Wildlife via email: odfw.ocrf@odfw.oregon.gov or by phone: 971-719-1192.

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