Funding Opportunities for Water Supply Feasibility Studies and Development Projects
Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) has two funding programs aimed at helping Oregonians meet their water supply needs.
Water Conservation, Reuse and Storage Feasibility
The Water Conservation, Reuse and Storage Grant Program is designed to fund the qualifying costs of planning studies that evaluate the feasibility of developing water conservation, re-use or storage projects. The grant fund will provide 50% of the total cost of a feasibility study.
· OWRD is currently accepting applications for the Water Conservation, Reuse and Storage Grant Program. The deadline for submitting an application is February 1, 2016.
· Future application periods will likely be April-July, 2017; August, 2017-February, 2018; and April‑July 2019.
Water Supply Development
Senate Bill 839 established the Water Supply Development Account, allowing OWRD to expend moneys for loans and grants to evaluate, plan and develop in-stream and out-of-stream water development projects that provide economic, environmental and social/cultural benefits. For grant funding, the Water Supply Development Account can provide up to 75% of total project cost.
· OWRD will begin accepting applications for Water Supply Development Account funding in August of 2015.
· Applications are accepted year round. Significant emphasis is placed on pre-application meetings between the applicant and OWRD.
OWRD maintains a Water Development listserv to announce funding opportunities. To join the listserv or access application materials, please visit the OWRD website at:
For further information on these programs, please contact OWRD’s water supply development coordinator, Jon Unger at 503-986-0869 or by e‑mail at Jon.J.Unger@wrd.state.or.us.