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Onsite Septic Financial Aid Program

The new DEQ Onsite Septic Financial Aid Program will improve public health and water quality by providing grants and low-cost loans to address failing septic systems. OSFAP will use $15 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act funds that the 2021 Oregon legislature allocated to DEQ. The legislature also prioritized the use of these funds for 2020 wildfire recovery. 

View the Fact Sheet: Onsite Financial Aid Program

DEQ anticipates issuing the first grants to eligible third-party organizations (not individual property owners) beginning in Fall 2022. These organizations will then accept applications for grants and loans to eligible property owners with a focus on low- and moderate-income residents and communities that were disproportionally impacted by the pandemic. Information on this page will be updated as funding becomes available through sub-awardee organizations.

Current available funding through partnership with Craft3

DEQ and Craft3 are partnering to offer a unique financial aid package to help homeowners impacted by the 2020 wildfires. Beginning July 1, 2022, fire-impacted property owners can apply for both a loan and a grant to repair or replace their onsite septic system. Eligible borrowers will be offered grant resources on a sliding scale based on annual household income. This grant award can cover a significant share of project costs. Onsite septic system project costs that exceed the grant award can be covered by an affordable Craft3 loan. For more information visit the Craft3 web page, Financial Assistance to Repair Septic Systems Damaged in Oregon's 2020 Wildfires.

Projected request for proposal schedule

The first round of proposal solicitation is closed. Please check back here for updates regarding round two.

  • October 2022 – November 2022 - Request for statewide proposals
  • December 2022 - DEQ review of proposals and award notifications
  • January 2023 – Selected agreements finalized and funded
  • June 30, 2024 - deadline for sub-awardees to commit all funds to property owners
  • December 2026 ARPA deadline for completing projects

Statewide call for proposals

Thank you for your organization’s interest in this DEQ Request for Grant Proposal. Below you will find the RFGP and supporting documents for the round 1 proposals. Submission information and documents listed below are for reference only and may be modified for round 2. 
For more information regarding eligibility and projects, see our Organizational Frequently Asked Questions.

Alternate formats

DEQ can provide documents in an alternate format or in a language other than English upon request.  Call DEQ at 800-452-4011 or email​

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Megan Hendrickson
Program Analyst, DEQ Onsite Septic

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