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The Oregon Conservation and Recreation Fund – Full 2022 Request for Proposals is now open!

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.

Informational webinars were held to answer any application questions on August 29th 2022 and September 19th 2022. View the recordings here:

August 29th

September 19th

Questions can be referred to the Department of Fish and Wildlife via email: odfw.ocrf@odfw.oregon.gov or by phone: 541-961-8421

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. A PDF copy of the application is provided for your reference only.

The Oregon Conservation and Recreation Advisory Committee is pleased to announce an upcoming opportunity for funding for conservation and recreation projects in the 2021-2023 biennium. Applications will be accepted digitally from August 12th 2022 – October 7th 2022.


PROJECT REVIEW TIMELINE – OCRF Fall 2022 Proposal Cycle

  • August 12th 2022 – Digital Applications open
  • October 7th 2022 – Deadline for submission of Digital Applications
  • October – November 2022 – ODFW staff technical panel and OCRF Advisory Committee member review period
  • December 6th 2022 – Advisory Committee project recommendations determined at monthly public meeting
  • December 16th 2022 – ODFW Commission considers recommendations
  • March 1st 2022 – Grant agreements with selected recipients and project work commences

FUNDS AVAILABLE - OCRF Fall 2022 Proposal Cycle

The legislature has appropriated $4 million to the Oregon Conservation and Recreation Fund for the 2021-2023 biennium as part of the States Drought relief package. These funds are in addition to the OCRF donated and matching funds. All OCRF funds will be used to meet the programs mandate of meeting state needs around conservation and recreation.

For projects submitted by the October 7th 2022 deadline, the maximum funding request is $50,000 and the Committee expects to select approximately 20 projects for a total of $1,000,000.


HOW THE COMMITTEE WILL EVALUATE PROPOSALS

The OCRF Advisory Committee has recently adopted updated scoring criteria document that will be used to  evaluate proposals. These criteria are in alignment with the OCRF Advisory Committee Expenditure framework and are outlined below.

  • Clarity of the proposal – well presented, organized and with clear deliverables. Clear budget.
  • 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. The OCRF Advisory Board has recently placed a 20% rate cap on indirect / administrative fees that can be applied to application budgets.
  • Timeliness and/or have the necessary approvals in place – the Committee seeks projects that will be implemented quickly
  • 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.
  • Impact or scale of the proposed actions – the Committee seeks projects that have high impact on participating individuals or the target species or habitat.
  • Proven track record of applicant to achieve stated outcomes
  • 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
  • Project outcomes align with OCRF Program Priorities identified in the Expenditure Framework and are consistent with the Oregon Conservation Strategy
    • Addresses the types of diversity identified in the Portfolio Metrics (see below section)
    • Integration/intersectionality between conservation and recreation
    • Connection to ODFW needs, missions, and recommendations
    • “Highest Priority” Areas

For more information, please see the official scoring criteria document.

Expenditure Portfolio

The OCRF Advisory Committee seeks to make multiple, diverse expenditures. The below list is an informal characterization of the metrics the OCRF Advisory 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.

  • 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.

For more information, please review the Conservation & Recreation Advisory Committee's Expenditure Framework.

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