The Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) and the Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) are authorized by statute to provide grant funds to local governments for a variety of planning projects.
The Oregon legislature typically appropriates a general fund grants budget to DLCD for each fiscal biennium. Prior to each biennial appropriation, LCDC directs the department to award individual grants according to priorities established in a Grants Allocation Plan.
The commission sets priorities for the allocation plan in part using feedback from a statutorily established Grants Advisory Committee.
Advisory committee membership includes representatives from the League of Oregon Cities, the Association of Oregon Counties, metropolitan service districts, the Special Districts Association of Oregon, land use planning public interest groups and developer interest groups (see current membership below).
The advisory committee meets on an as-needed basis to discuss the planning needs of Oregon communities and to determine the recommended priorities for grant awards to local governments. The committee then forwards a list of recommended funding priorities for consideration by LCDC. Once LCDC adopts a biennial allocation plan, the department is then responsible to award grants funds according to that plan.
 197.639 State assistance teams; alternative coordination process; grant and technical assistance funding; advisory committee
(5) The commission shall establish an advisory committee composed, at a minimum, of representatives from the League of Oregon Cities, the Association of Oregon Counties, metropolitan service districts, the Special Districts Association of Oregon, land use planning public interest groups and developer interest groups. The advisory committee shall advise the commission and the department on the allocation of grants and technical assistance funding from General Fund sources and other issues assigned by the commission.