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General Information about OWEB Grants
OWEB Grants

OWEB invests in variety of grant types which help Oregonians take care of local streams, rivers, wetlands and natural areas.

See grant application deadlines and materials.

The regular Board grant program includes grants for watershed restoration, monitoring, watershed assessment and action planning, watershed council support, watershed outreach, land and water acquisition, and small grants. In addition, the Board may from time to time, as funds are available, request proposals for other types of grants.

Who can Apply?

A grant applicant must be one of the legal entities identified below and have a FEIN. A state or federal agency may apply for funding only as a co-applicant with an eligible entity. 

  • Local or tribal government
  • Non-profit organization
  • Institution for higher education
  • Individual (not eligible for indirect or administrative costs) 

Before You Apply

Be prepared to complete the project!

Things to consider before applying:

  • What needs to be done and why?
  • What is the scope and scale of the project? Be prepared to describe previous accomplishments if you are requesting funding for a multi-year project.
  • What is the timeline for the project? You will need to provide a project schedule.
  • Who will manage the funds? How will the financial parts of the project be managed? If contracting, how will you select a contractor? Choice of a fiscal agent is an important consideration when applying for a grant from OWEB.
  • Will you need permits or other approvals, including local land use approval, for the project? Permits must be approved before OWEB can release funds for a project.
  • If applicable, do you have the landowner’s permission to access the site and implement the project? Do you have the landowner’s commitment to maintain the project when it is complete?
  • What is the project likely to cost? Are material or labor costs likely to increase between when the application is submitted and the project starts? Be prepared to provide a line-item budget identifying all sources (including volunteers) and amounts and to demonstrate at least 25% match​. Fiscal administration costs may not exceed 10% of the total Board funds spent on the project.

Please see OWEB´s administrative rules​ for further information about requirements.

Paper applications are no longer accepted. Applicants must use the new Online Grant Application System for all grants except land acquisitions. 

Please visit the Land Acquisitions webpage​ for information about that separate process.

OWEB Grant Terms

Before a project begins, grantees must obtain all applicable local, state and federal permits and show that their project complies with local land use laws. Grantees must also agree to post a sign identifying the project and noting that OWEB is a source of funding. Materials produced through educational projects must include a notation that OWEB funds were used.

Upon completion of the project, grantees must submit a report to OWEB describing the work that has been done and documenting all expenditures along with the Oregon Watershed Restoration Inventory Reporting Form. Grantees must also monitor, evaluate and maintain their projects for a specified number of years and provide at least one annual progress report to OWEB. Other conditions may also be placed on the grant. These will be specified in the Grant Agreement and agreed upon before the project begins.

Application Review Process

Competitive Grant Program Evaluation Process Flowchart​  (PDF)

Regular Grant applications are reviewed regionally by an interdisciplinary team. Staff presents funding recommendations to OWEB’s Board at regularly scheduled board meetings.