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Funding Opportunities

Overview

The Department seeks to build partnerships and incentivize Oregonians to pursue integrated and innovative solutions for complex water challenges and an uncertain water future. This work is accomplished through strategic investments, adaptive planning, cooperative partnerships, accessible information, and effective coordination. We have a number of funding opportunities that allow us to strategically invest in order to achieve a secure and sustainable water future, addressing instream and out-of-stream needs, for all Oregonians and Oregon's environment, economy, communities, and cultures. Learn more about our funding opportunities below.

Public Comment Opportunities

Irrigation Modernization Funding

The Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) invites written public comment on grant applications received by January 17, 2024 for Irrigation Modernization Funding. OWRD received ten complete grant applications requesting a total of $25,900,067 in funding. OWRD did not receive any complete applications for the Water Project Grants and Loans program.

A multi-agency Technical Review Team (TRT) will consider public comments submitted in their evaluation of applications. The TRT will evaluate applications and make a funding recommendation to the Water Resources Commission. OWRD will post the TRT funding recommendation for an additional public comment period in the spring. The tentative date for the Commission to make its funding decision is June 13-14, 2024.

Written comments on the applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on April 2, 2024.

Please submit comments to: OWRD.Grants@water.oregon.gov or Grant Coordinator, 725 Summer Street NE, Suite A, Salem, Oregon 97301.

Feasibility Study Grants

The Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) invites written public comment on applications received for Feasibility Study Grants. OWRD received four applications requesting a total of $285,179 in grant funding. A multi-agency team reviewed each application and recommends funding three of the four applications. After reviewing public comments, OWRD 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 March 21-22, 2024 meeting.

Written comments on the applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on March 7, 2024.

Please submit comments to: OWRD.Grants@water.oregon.gov or Grant Coordinator, 725 Summer Street NE, Suite A, Salem, Oregon 97301.


Harney Domestic Well Remediation Fund

OWRD’s Harney Domestic Well Remediation Fund may reimburse qualifying homeowners in the Greater Harney Valley Groundwater Area of Concern (GHVGAC) for a portion of the cost to repair or replace and abandon a dry, severely declining, or at-risk household water well impacted by declining groundwater levels. The well must have provided household water for individual households, or members of a federally recognized tribe in Oregon.

Learn more about the Harney Domestic Well Remediation Fund.


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. 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.


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.

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.

Learn more about applying for Water Project Grants and Loans.


Well Abandonment, Repair, and Replacement Fund

OWRD provides reimbursement grants to low-to-moderate income households with domestic wells that are impacted by drought or wildfire. The Well Abandonment, Repair, and Replacement Fund (WARRF) will reimburse qualifying homeowners for the cost to abandon, repair, or replace a dry or severely declining well. The dry or severely declining well must have provided household water for individual households, or members of a federally recognized tribe in Oregon.

The available funds have already been awarded. Once funding for new reimbursement grants is available again, the program will announce the reopening online.

Please see our website for the most current information.

For more information contact:
Kim Fritz-Ogren 503-509-7980

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