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Small Grant Teams
General Information
The Small Grant Program is an excellent opportunity for watershed councils, soil and water conservation districts, and tribes to build strong local support for watershed stewardship activities.
Oregon has 28 Small Grant Teams, each eligible to receive $100,000 for the biennium to put toward eligible Small Grant Projects. Teams are cooperative arrangements where all members work together to establish strong connections with each other, citizens, and state and federal agency representatives. To be eligible for OWEB funding, a Small Grant Team must have at least two actively participating members — one from a council and one from a district. All team members should be familiar with the OWEB Small Grant Program administrative rules.
By August 30 of a new biennium, teams should have submitted their Biennial Report from the recently closed biennium, as well as the team’s revised Bylaws, Priority Watershed Concerns, and Eligible Project Types for the current biennium.
In their bylaws, teams establish application deadlines for the biennium and their application review schedule. They also select officers, including the Team ContactTeam Record KeeperOutreach Coordinator, and the individual responsible for the Team Biennial Report to OWEB.
Once the team has completed the above tasks and no team member (council, district or tribe) has outstanding OWEB reports, it signs a grant agreement with OWEB, effective after both parties (OWEB and the Team Contact) have signed. The grant agreement is valid through the end of the current biennium for which it was signed.
Teams may meet electronically or in person. They meet no fewer than eight times in the biennium (the meeting schedule for the biennium is laid out in the bylaws). The role of teams is to review and discuss applications, deny applications or recommend them to OWEB for funding, and to check the status of currently funded projects.
Small Grant Teams are encouraged to invite local individuals with expertise in a watershed restoration discipline or other watershed restoration interests to consult with the team on its priorities, program elements, and recommendations for project grant awards.
For more information, click on:
Priorities and Project Types
Team Officers
Team Biennial Report
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