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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.

Results of 2017-2019 Council Capacity Grant Cycle

The 2017-2019 Funding Recommendations

Staff funding recommendations are based on the merit evaluation and available funding. Staff will recommend to the OWEB Board three funding levels as described in the funding recommendations table and evaluations​. Full funding is recommended for councils that meet all merit criteria, reduced funding for councils that do not meet all merit criteria, and do not fund for inadequate performance.

The OWEB Board will meet on July 24-26, in Boardman, Oregon to make the funding decision. Please see the meeting agenda​. Staff reports will be available the week of July 10. Public comments may be made either in writing or in person at the Board meeting. Written testimony is due by Thursday, July 20, by 5pm and should be addressed by email to Eric Hartstein​ or by mail to:

Eric Hartstein
775 Summer Street NE Suite 360
Salem, OR 97301-1290

2017-2019 Council Capacity Grant Information

All Council Support grantees are required to submit the Project Completion Report (Exhibit C of your grant agreement) through OWEB’s Online Grant Management System (OGMS). The council’s list of projects eligible for online Project Completion Reporting is listed under Project Completion Reporting on the OGMS Menu.

  • The final report process is simple and is described in the instructions​If a narrative field does not apply to the Council Capacity grant simply type N/A!
  • Make sure you attach all the required documentation and provide the date of the council’s most recent self-evaluation.

Key Dates

July 31, 2017: Project completion date for Council Capacity Grants. You cannot incur any additional costs for 2015-2017 Council Capacity Grants after this date. Any supplies/equipment ordered with end-of-grant funds must be received (not just ordered) by July 31, 2017.

September 29, 2017: Due date for online submittal of the 2015-2017 Council Capacity Project Completion Report

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