April 21, 2014 Application Deadline
OWEB is accepting Restoration, Technical Assistance, and Technical Assistance for Watershed Council Action Plan applications. For eligible and ineligible project types and costs, click here. Applications must arrive at OWEB's Salem office by 5:00pm, Monday, April 21, 2014 (no faxes or emails). All application sections, including budget forms, must use the January 2014 forms posted on the OWEB Grant Management System (OGMS). OWEB will not accept applications that are late or submitted using previous forms.
Restoration and Technical Assistance. If you have questions, contact OWEB’s Program Representative for your region. There is a $50,000 cap for Technical Assistance applications, as in previous cycles.
Technical Assistance for Watershed Council Action Plans. Any council that does not have a council action plan AND has previously received its own individual watershed council support grant from OWEB may apply. There is a $25,000 cap for TA for Watershed Council Action Plan applications. For more guidance, click here. For questions, contact Courtney Shaff at email@example.com or 503-986-0046.
OGMS. For OGMS questions, call Cyrus Curry at 503-986-5371.
Proposed Rule Changes
OWEB seeks public comment on proposed rules and guidance for Council Capacity Grants. Click here for information on public hearings and how to provide public comment. Links to draft rules, guidance and other materials are available here.
Welcome New Board Members!
Join us in welcoming our newest Board members: Randy Labbe, Stephen Brandt, John Roberts, and Cindy Deacon Williams. Please see our Board Members page
for more details.
Board Meeting Schedule, 2014
January 28-29 in Portland
April 29-30 in Bandon
July 29-30 in The Dalles
October 28-29 in Grants Pass
Streamlined Budget Categories for Grants in 2014
OWEB’s budget categories are changing for grant applications submitted to OWEB after January 1, 2014 (except for small grants, effective July 1, 2014). An overview of changes can be found here. OWEB will hold online trainings February 11 and April 8. Questions? Contact Cindy Silbernagel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-986-0188.
Long-Term Investment Strategy Direction
The OWEB Board adopted the framework and direction for its Long-Term Investment Strategy for Conservation. The framework and direction include the following:
- Framework for Grant Investments:
- Operating Capacity Investments
- Open Solicitation Investments
- Focused Investments
- With monitoring and reporting foundational to all investment areas
- Long-Term Investment Strategy direction
- Continue Operating Capacity Investments
- Continue Open Solicitation Investments
- Continue Focused Investments and phase-in a gradual increase in this investment area over time.
Moving forward, OWEB’s current LTIS priorities are 1) define focused investments and their role in achieving ecological outcomes at a landscape scale; 2) design effectiveness monitoring for focused investments, 3) Explore a funder-to-funder outreach grant strategy with a goal of leveraging additional investment, 4) develop online applications and agreements to improve effectiveness and efficiency for grantees and OWEB staff, and 5) Complete the transition to outcome-based watershed council capacity grants, including rulemaking.Read More
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