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Grant Application Evaluations and Staff Recommendations
After Applications Are Submitted - What happens?

After grant applications are submitted, here's what happens:

1. OWEB Staff check applications for completeness, if the applicant used the most current forms, etc.

2. OWEB Staff scan all applications and enter information into the database. 

3. Review teams read applications; they may visit sites. 

4. Review teams meet and discuss applications. Review teams review projects based on criteria which are described in administrative rules. At that time, review teams recommend one of the following for each grant:

    A. Do fund
    B. Fund with conditions
    C. Do not fund
    D. Defer

Review teams prioritize those projects recommended for funding. This prioritization is based on:
    A. How well the project meets the criteria established in OAR 695-010-0030 and OAR 695-010-0060
    B. Certainty of a successful project
    C. Benefit to watershed function, habitat and water quality
    D. Project costs relative to watershed benefits

5. OWEB Staff write a summary of the review team evaluations. 

6. OWEB staff recommend projects for funding.

7. OWEB staff post review team evaluations and staff recommendations online. 

8. The OWEB Board awards the grants. 

Grant applications due in October -> Board decision at the April meeting 

Download a PDF of the October 2014 Board funding decisions​

In April 2014, the OWEB Board also awarded Land Acquisition grants​ (pdf).

 
Responding to Evaluations and Staff Recommendations

OWEB welcomes comments and topics before the Board. Public comments may be made in two ways: 
  
Written Testimony
Meta Loftsgaarden 
meta.loftsgaarden@oweb.state.or.us
775 Summer Street NE Suite 360
Salem, OR 97301-1290

In order for us to distribute copies of your written testimony to Board members, please meet the deadline (generally a little more than 2 weeks prior to the meeting; deadlines for written testimony are included in the agenda for that meeting).

Public Testimony at the Board Meeting
The Board offers a general public testimony agenda item each day of the Board meeting as an opportunity for the public to speak directly to OWEB's Board members. Often, the Board will take testimony on pending grant applications at a specific time during the meeting.

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Finding out about Applications from Previous Grant Cycles

To search OGMS for information about applications from previous grant cycles, go to OGMS.

From that page, you can search based on a number of criteria (county, region, type of grant, etc.). Once you click "Submit", a table will appear with those grants that meet your criteria.

Note that first column, labeled  "Project Number." When you click on a green underlined project number, a screen will open revealing detailed project information such as funding levels, a summary text box and the Review Team evaluation. You may even scroll down and notice that at the bottom of the page, there is a table labeled, "images." There may be documents available for download such as a PDF of the grant application, a PDF of the grant agreement, and a PDF of the review team evaluation.

 
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