Land Acquisition Grant Program
The Oregon Constitution specifies that OWEB may fund projects involving the purchase of interests in land from willing sellers for the purpose of maintaining or restoring watersheds and habitat for native fish or wildlife. OWEB-funded interests in land may be held by local, state and federal agencies, tribes, not-for-profit land conservation organizations and trusts, state institutions of higher education, independent not-for-profit institutions of higher education or political subdivisions of the state, as long as the entity continues to use the land for the purposes specified in the constitution.
The land acquisition program was redesigned in 2013, in collaboration with stakeholder advisory committees. The redesign resulted in Revised Rules and Operational Policies that increase the efficiency and flexibility of the program. A Revised Grant Application Review Process enables OWEB to make the best use of limited grant funds with a transparent scoring process. The program revisions provide for grant agreements to be executed earlier in the granting process, giving applicants more certainty when negotiating with landowners.
Application & Deadline
OWEB will accept land acquisition grant applications in the October 2016 grant cycle. The application deadline is October 18, 2016 at 5:00 PM. Land acquisition grant applicants are required to participate in a pre-application consultation before submitting an application. Land acquisition grant applications must be submitted online, through OWEB's Grant Management System (OGMS). Applications submitted for the October 2016 grant cycle will be considered for funding at the April 25-26, 2017 Board meeting.
Contact Miriam Hulst at 503-986-0026 or email@example.com for
more information or to schedule a pre-application consultation.
Applicants should read the Pre-Application Consultation Guidance and other land
acquisition program materials before the consultation.
note that the program guidance, forms, and templates are updated for the
October 2016 grant cycle. Applicants will be required to use the updated
Program Guidance, Forms, and Templates
The guidance documents, forms and templates listed below have been developed to ensure that application information, property negotiation efforts, and due diligence are consistent with the redesigned land acquisition grant program. To get started, applicants should read the Pre-application Consultation Guidance and Application Guidance for an understanding of how the program materials should be used. Subject-specific guidance documents provide more details and can be referenced throughout the granting process.
The program materials are periodically reviewed by the Department of Justice, and may be revised as a result. Applicants will be informed of revisions, if any, as they occur.
8/10/2016: Conservation Easement Example
If you have questions about OWEB's land acquisition program, please contact Miriam Hulst at 503-986-0026 or firstname.lastname@example.org
OWEB Ecological Priorities for Land Acquisition by Basin All documents are PDF format.
Introduction & Framework