Outreach Grant Applications
In November 2010, Oregon voters approved Ballot Measure 76 which changed the constitutional language regarding education and outreach grant offerings. Due to these constitutional changes, since the October 2011 grant cycle OWEB has only offered outreach grants that are necessary for activities to protect or restore native fish or wildlife habitat, or water quality or stream flows. This change does not affect existing education/outreach grant agreements.
To see whether OWEB is currently accepting applications for this type of grant, and to see application deadlines, click here.
Eligible Outreach Activities
Eligible Outreach activities provide information to increase awareness and understanding of watershed restoration and protection, and must also be related directly to efforts to protect or restore native fish or wildlife habitat or water quality or stream flows.
Examples of eligible activities are those which:
- Engage Oregonians directly in activities that protect, restore, or monitor native fish or wildlife habitats or improve water quality or stream flow, and also increase awareness, knowledge, or skills regarding watershed restoration and protection.
- Provide professional development programs or training to those who implement specific activities that protect, restore, or monitor native fish or wildlife habitats or improve water quality or stream flow.
- Provide professional development or training to those who engage others (e.g., volunteer coordinators or teachers) in specific activities that protect, restore, or monitor native fish or wildlife habitats or improve water quality or stream flow.
- Provide information to landowners, community leaders, or other decision-makers to increase their awareness and understanding of, and participation in, watershed restoration and protection efforts. Examples include watershed restoration tours, coffee klatches or other landowner outreach efforts.
- One Outreach grant proposal may contain several activities.
Contact your regional representative (Regional Office List) if you have questions about the eligibility of your proposal.
Ineligible outreach activities are not directly related to efforts to protect or restore native fish or wildlife habitat or improve water quality or stream flow.
Examples of ineligible activities include:
- Recreational activities (boating, trail riding, archery, fly tying and casting, etc.) and lessons on outdoor skills (wilderness survival, basic fire starting, wild native edibles, etc.).
- In-classroom natural resources or environmental lessons that have no outdoor component that protects, restores, or monitors native fish or wildlife habitat or water quality/quantity.
- Work parties (e.g., planting or pulling weeds) that do not include components to increase awareness, knowledge, or skills of participants regarding watershed restoration and protection.
- General science fairs or symposia or other informational events not directly associated with efforts to protect, restore, or monitor native fish or wildlife habitats or water quality or stream flows.
- Proposals that aim to increase awareness, understanding or knowledge of low-impact development or other “green” activities, but that are not associated with efforts that protect, restore, or monitor native fish or wildlife habitats or water quality or stream flows.
- Stand-alone proposals for a website, brochure, interpretive signs, book, or other stand-alone outreach media.
- Note: these outreach activities are eligible only if they are part of a larger set of eligible outreach activities.
1. Plan. Inside the application instructions, there are websites and helpful examples. Be sure to read these.
2. Partner. At the time of application, you need to demonstrate that at least 25% of the project costs are being sought outside of OWEB. However, review teams do notice and value projects which have strong community support demonstrated by a high percentage of match and/or a high percentage of secured match. There are more details about demonstrating match in the application materials.
3. Map. One color project location map is required. It helps us track investments. Help obtaining the 10-digit HUC and determining the lat/long coordinate for your project (web page).