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Water Resources Development Program

Overview

The Water Resources Development Program helps Oregonians address instream and out-of-stream water supply needs now and into the future. The Program includes funding opportunities and other resources through three program components: Planning Grants, Feasibility Study Grants, and Water Project Grants and Loans.

Updates & Announcements

Water Project Grants and Loans

The Oregon Water Resources Department invites applications for instream and out-of-stream water supply projects through the Water Project Grants and Loans funding opportunity. Application materials are now available for the 2019 funding cycle.  As of December 2018 approximately $8.5 million is available for grants. The application deadline is April 26, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

Learn more about applying for a Water Project Grants and Loans.

Feasibility Study Grants

The Department received eight complete Feasibility Study Grant applications requesting $810,773 for the current funding cycle. Feasibility Study Grants provide funding for qualifying costs of project planning studies that evaluate the feasibility of developing a water conservation, reuse, or storage project.

Public Comment Opportunity

There are no active Public Comment Opportunities at this time

Planning Grants

The Department is a funding partner in four places that are taking a collaborative, integrated approach to water planning. There is no funding currently available to support new water planning efforts.  

Learn more about Planning Grants

Feasibility Study Grants

Feasibility Study Grants reimburse up to 50 percent of the costs of studies to evaluate the feasibility of developing water conservation, reuse, and storage projects. This competitive funding opportunity helps individuals and communities investigate whether a proposed project idea is actually feasible and worth pursuing. Grants are offered on an annual basis, with applications due each fall. As of August 1, 2018 $2.5 million is available for grants.

The Department received eight complete applications requesting $810,773 for grant funding. A multi-agency team reviewed each application and made funding recommendations. After reviewing public comments, the department will make funding recommendations for consideration and approval by the Water Resources Commission. The tentative date for the Commission to make its funding decision is at the June 2019 Commission meeting.

Learn more about Feasibility Study Grants

Water Project Grants & Loans

Water Project Grants and Loans provides funding for projects that will help Oregon meet its instream and out-of-stream water supply needs and produce economic, environmental, and social/cultural benefits. This competitive funding opportunity is meant for implementation-ready projects. Grants and loans are offered on an annual basis, with the applications due each spring.  As of December 2018 approximately $8.5 million is available for grants or loans.

Learn more about Water Project Grants & Loans

Applications are due for the 2019 funding cycle April 26, 2019 at 5:00pm.

For more information contact:
Kim Ogren 503-986-0873

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