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.
|2015-2017 Council Capacity Grant Cycle|
The OWEB Board adopted new rules and implementation guidance for Council Capacity Grants at its July 29-30, 2014 meeting. Below are Council Capacity Grant deadlines and important instructions for submitting the Eligibility Determination Request through OGMS.
Eligibility Deadline: 5:00pm, November 17, 2014
Application Deadline: 5:00pm, March 2, 2015
OWEB Board Funding Decision: July 28-29, 2015
Eligibility Determination Process
September 15, 2015 through 5:00pm, November 17, 2014, councils can
upload and submit, through OGMS (link to log-in page), council documents for
the Eligibility Determination Process.
Before you upload and submit, you need to read:
- Pages 4-10 of the “Guidance for
Outcome-Based Watershed Council Operating Capacity Grants” (Implementation
- Instructions for Eligibility Document Upload and Submittal.
COUNCILS WITH ONE COUNCIL CAPACITY GRANT – COUNCILS OPERATE INDEPENDENTLY
two or more councils have one council support/capacity grant, and the councils
operate independently (described on page 5 of the Implementation Guidance),
each council is required to meet the eligibility criteria (except Geographic
Area and Population, which the group of councils must meet). If one or
more independent council does not meet the eligibility requirements, then
none of the councils can apply for a Council Capacity Grant during the upcoming
cycle. This means that eligibility documents will need to be uploaded
and submitted for each council. Before submitting the request for
eligibility determination, councils need to verify that all necessary documents
have been uploaded and inserted to document the eligibility of each
Please contact Courtney Shaff, 503-986-0046 with questions.
Council Capacity Grant Documents
Instructions for Eligibility Document Upload and Submittal
Watershed Council Map
|Watershed Council Forms and Guidance Documents|
Self Evaluation and Liability Coverage
Rules & Statutes