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  • Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board
    This photo of Wallowa Valley was provided by Bruce Taylor. About Us
    The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) is a state agency that provides grants to help Oregonians take care of local streams, rivers, wetlands and natural areas. Community members and landowners use scientific criteria to decide jointly what needs to be done to conserve and improve rivers and natural habitat in the places where they live. OWEB grants are funded from the Oregon Lottery, federal dollars, and salmon license plate revenue. The agency is led by a 17 member citizen board drawn from the public at large, tribes, and federal and state natural resource agency boards and commissions.
Healthy Watershed Accomplishments Current Topics
Restoration and Job Creation
OWEB grants support the local economy. Research by the University of Oregon Ecosystem Workforce Program shows that every $1 million OWEB invests in clean water and habitat restoration creates 15-24 jobs.
Caring for Habitat
OWEB grants help Oregonians restore and improve fish and wildlife habitat.
Working Together 
OWEB grants help Oregonians come together to restore watersheds and build stronger communities.
Clean Water 
OWEB provides grants for Oregonians to take care of the streams, rivers and lakes across the state.
Unique Approach 
OWEB funding supports Oregon's cooperative, community-based approach to improve watershed health.
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 courtney.shaff@state.or.us 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. Questions?  Contact Cindy Silbernagel at cindy.silbernagel@state.or.us or 503-986-0188.
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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:
  1. Framework for Grant Investments:
    1. Operating Capacity Investments
    2. Open Solicitation Investments
    3. Focused Investments
    4. With monitoring and reporting foundational to all investment areas
  2. Long-Term Investment Strategy direction
    1. Continue Operating Capacity Investments
    2. Continue Open Solicitation Investments
    3. 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.
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