OWEB's largest program in number of grants and funds awarded is a competitive program. Applications are accepted twice a year, April and October.
General information about the Regular Grant Program
Types of grants in the regular grant program include:
In addition to the grant types listed above, OWEB may also solicit applications for watershed assessments.
The Small Grant Program is a competitive grant program that awards funds of up to $10,000 for on-the-ground restoration projects that address local priorities. Watershed councils, soil and water conservation districts and tribes submit applications on behalf of landowners. If you are a landowner interested in participating, please contact your Small Grant Team.
Local Capacity Support Grants
OWEB supports the capacity of watershed councils and soil and water conservation districts so that the state has an enduring, high capacity local infrastructure for conducting watershed restoration and conservation. Watershed Council Support Watershed councils are locally organized, voluntary, non-regulatory groups established to improve the condition of watersheds in their local area. Watershed councils bring varied interests together to form a common vision for the watershed, prioritize activities, and identify landowner participants for important projects. OWEB Council Capacity grants help fund staff, contractors and operating costs of watershed councils.
Soil and Water Conservation Districts
Soil and water conservation districts historically focused primarily on helping farmers and ranchers. Today, there are 45 districts providing technical information and guidance to landowners, managers, and citizens across the state. OWEB and the Oregon Department of Agriculture provide funding to support the capacity of soil and water conservation districts to work with landowners in support of the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds and the local Agricultural Water Quality Management Plans.
The Partnership Investment Program is a means by which OWEB works closely with partners and utilizes a different process to invest in longer-term activities intended to result in larger-scale ecological outcomes. Ideally, a Partnership Investment contributes to a historic change or surge of progress in the recovery of a species, the restoration of an ecosystem, or the launching of an intitiative that addresses widespread issues.
Focused Investment Partnerships (FIP)
A Focused Investment Partnership is an OWEB investment that:
- Addresses a Board-identified Focused Investment Priority of significance to the state;
- Achieves clear and measurable ecological outcomes;
- Uses integrated, results-oriented approaches as identified through a strategic action plan;
- Is implemented by a high-performing partnership.
In January 2016 the OWEB Board awarded $12,770,790 for six FIP Implementation grants and
$937,369 for eight Capacity Building grants.
Special Investment Partnerships (SIP)
Established in 2008 to target several long-term, large-scale restoration commitments, the Special Investment Partnership (SIP) program is now sunsetting. Please read about the accomplishments of the SIPs in the Deschutes, Upper Klamath, and Willamette basins.
Whole Watershed Restoration Initiative (WWRI)
WWRI is a partnership with U.S. Forest Service, NOAA Fisheries, BLM, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, OWEB, and Ecotrust that focuses funding to restore land across public and private ownerships within priority watersheds. Ecotrust and WWRI
Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)
CREP is a state and federal partnership that allows landowners to receive incentive payments and conservation rental payments from the USDA Farm Services Agency for establishing long-term riparian buffers on eligible land. In addition to providing partial funding to direct loandowner payments for conservation activities, OWEB has participated in providing funding for outreach, technical assistance and program coordination. The Oregon Departments of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Resources have also assisted in CREP implementation and coordination.
OWEB funded 11 grants from the 2013 grant cycle that will provide funding for staff positions to assist landowners with conservation plan development and implementation, including the completion of Endangered Species Act and cultural resources reviews.
CREP Technical Assistance Grants
Oregon State Weed Board Grants
The Oregon State Weed Board (OSWB) and OWEB provide grant funding for noxious weed control projects related to the protection and enhancement of watersheds and fish and wildlife habitat.
Oregon State Weed Board Grants (ODA's website)