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Council Capacity Grants
Purpose of Council Capacity Grants

Council Capacity Grants help support the operations of effective watershed councils that engage people and communities in their watershed to participate in collaborative, voluntary restoration and protection of native fish or wildlife habitat and natural watershed functions to improve water quality or stream flows. 

Vision of Resilient, Sustainable Local Capacity

OWEB envisions a statewide watershed restoration system that is resilient, sustainable and achieves ecological outcomes. Experience gained from supporting watershed work since 1997, and studies of successful watershed groups, demonstrate this vision can be achieved with watershed councils that:

  • Are strong organizations with access to diverse skillsets.
  • Have broad and deep support from local and regional communities.
  • Engage a balance of interested and affected people, businesses, and communities in their watershed to participate in voluntary, cooperative conservation.
  • Secure diversified funding and/or build strategic collaborations with other councils and/or organizations to increase collective local capacity.
Public Comment Opportunity: 2017-2019 Council Capacity Grant Guidance Document

OWEB staff have updated and made minor edits to the Guidance for Outcome-Based Watershed Council Operating Capacity Grants in preparation for the 2017-2019 Council Capacity grant cycle. Interested stakeholders may provide comments on the edited portions of the Guidance document between Friday, April 30 and Tuesday, May 31. All edits are indicated via red track changes within the text of the document. Comments may be emailed to Courtney Shaff, Capacity Coordinator at courtney.shaff@state.or.us, subject line: Council Capacity Guidance Comments or mailed to OWEB, Attention Courtney Shaff, 775 Summer Street NE, Suite 360, Salem, OR 97301-1290.

Guidance Document​

2017-2019 Council Capacity Grant Cycle

The 2017-2019 Council Capacity grant cycle will be announced in August 2016.

Watershed Council Forms and Guidance Documents
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