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Water Project Grants and Loans

Updates & Announcements


Application materials for the 2021 Water Projects Grants and Loans funding opportunity are now available.

2021 Water Projects Grants and Loans applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on April 28, 2021.


The Water Resources Commission awarded $4.8 million in grants to three projects for the 2020 cycle of Water Project Grants and Loans. The following projects were awarded funding:

  • Tumalo Irrigation District's Deschutes Basin Flow Restoration Group 3 Project (Deschutes County) was awarded $1.2 million to improve irrigation efficiency by installing a closed piping system and protecting the conserved water in Tumalo Creek. The improvements would serve to deliver pressurized water to patrons and eliminate the need for wasteful retention ponds.
  • East Fork Irrigation District's Eastside Lateral Pipeline & Water Conservation Project (Hood River County) was awarded $2 million to replace 6 miles of open irrigation canals with pipe and eliminate end spills. The conserved water would benefit the East Fork Hood River during periods of low flow.
  • Lone Pine Irrigation District's Modernization Project (Crook, Deschutes, and Jefferson counties) received a $1.6 million award to pipe 10.5 miles of open canals and construct a new river crossing for the delivery system. System efficiencies would be achieved in addition to legally protecting the conserved water instream.

To learn more about the applications and funding recommendations, access the links below.


Eligible projects include: conservation, reuse, above-ground storage, below-ground storage, streamflow protection or restoration, water distribution, conveyance or delivery systems, and other water resource development projects that result in economic, environmental, and social/cultural public benefits. Grants require a 25% cost match. Any local government, Indian tribe, or person may apply for funding.

Available Funding

The Department currently has approximately $3 million available.

How to Apply

Application materials have been updated for 2021. View and use the important documents noted below. The Department strongly encourages prospective applicants to participate in a Pre-Application Conference prior to submitting an application for funding. To discuss a project with the Department or to schedule pre-application conferences please contact the Grant Program Coordinator.

2021 Application Materials2021 Guidance Documents
Guidance documents include:
  • Scoring Criteria
  • Example Grant Agreement
  • Budget Procedures and Allowable Costs

Timeline and Review Process

Timeline of the Grants and Loans process  

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