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Land 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.

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Program Revisions

The land acquisition program was recently redesigned 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.
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OWEB will accept land acquisition grant applications in the October 2014 grant cycle.  The application deadline is October 20, 2014 at 5:00 PM.  Land acquisition grant applicants are required to participate in a pre-application consultation before submitting an application. Land acquisition applications must be submitted online, through OWEB’s Grant Management System (OGMS)​. Applications submitted for the October 2014 grant cycle will be considered for funding at the April 28-29, 2015, Board meeting.

Contact Miriam Hulst at 503-986-0026 or miriam.hulst@state.or.us 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 2014 grant cycle.  Applicants will be required to use the updated materials​.

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Program Guidance, Forms, and Templates

The guidance documents, forms and templates listed below have been developed to ensure that application and p​roperty negotiation efforts are consistent with the redesigned land acquisition grant program.  Applicants should read the Pre-application Consultation Guidance and Application Guidance to understand how the program materials and forms should be used. Please note that some of the information in the Application Guidance is also provided separately below, for easy reference throughout the granting process. 

Revision Alerts
Fee Acquisition Conservation Easement Template has been updated.​

Guidance Documents
Forms and Templates
Project Schedule          
PSA Fee Example     
Note: The templates and forms provided above 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.