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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.
2017-2019 Council Capacity Grant Cycle

The 2017-2019 Council Capacity grant cycle is now open!
Deadlines are listed below as well as the 2017-2019 Council Capacity grant Guidance document. Other information and application materials can be located in OGMS under "Council Capacity Grants" at the "Council Capacity Grants Information" link. 


Eligibility Deadline: 5:00pm, November 14, 2016

Application Deadline: 5:00pm, March 6, 2017

OWEB Board Funding Decision: July 25-26, 2017

Eligibility Determination Process

August 22, 2016 through 5:00pm, November 14, 2016: Through the Council Capacity Grants link in OGMS, councils will be able to upload and submit documents for the Eligibility Determination Process.  Read the Instructions for Eligibility Upload and Submittal found in OGMS for additional information.

Council Capacity Grant Guidance

2017-2019 Council Capacity Grant Guidance​​


Please contact Courtney Shaff at courtney.shaff@oregon.gov​ or 503-986-0046.

Watershed Council Forms and Guidance Documents