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Acquisition Grants

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.

Program Revisions

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. 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 2017 grant cycle. The application deadline is October 19, 2017 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 2017 grant cycle will be considered for funding at the April 24-25, 2018 Board meeting.

Contact Miriam Hulst at 503-986-0026 or miriam.hulst@oregon.gov 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.

Please note that the program guidance, forms, and templates are updated for the October 2017 grant cycle. Applicants will be required to use the updated materials.

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 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.

Program materials are formatted for readability by software for vision-impaired persons, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Templates and examples are also provided in conventional format. The conventional format will be used by OWEB for all projects except those that involve vision-impaired persons. In the case of any unintended inconsistencies between the two formats of a document, OWEB will determine which version prevails.

Please note that program materials are periodically reviewed and updated by OWEB staff and the Department of Justice. Applicants will be informed of revisions, if any, as they occur.​

10/12/2017: Fee Acquisition Conservation Easement Template update
10/16/2017: Conservation Easement Example update

Guidance Documents
Forms and Templates
Pre-application Consultation Guidance Application Guidance
Relocation Guidance
Grant Application Worksheet
Other Required Documents
Project Schedule
Landowner Acknowledgement
Land Use Information Form
Racial and Ethic Impact Statement Form
Budget Guidance
Match Guidance
Grant Application Budget Form
Grant Administration Form
Appraisal Guidance Appraisal Contracting Worksheet
Purchase Agreement Guidance PSA Fee Example
PSA Fee Example, non-ADA
PSA Conservation Easement Example
PSA Conservation Easement Example, non-ADA
Property Access Guidance Access Easement Template
Access Easement Template, non-ADA
Title Guidance
Conservation Easement Guidance
Warranty Deed Template
Warranty Deed Template, non-ADA
Fee Acquisition Conservation Easement Template
Fee Acquisition Conservation Easement Template, non-ADA​
Conservation Easement Example​
Conserv​ation Easement Example, non-ADA​
Environmental Site Assessment Guidance Grant Agreement Template
Grant Agreement Template, non-ADA​
Baseline Inventory Documentation Guidance  
Management Plan Guidance

If you have questions about OWEB's land acquisition program, please contact Miriam Hulst at 503-986-0026 or miriam.hulst@oregon.gov

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