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Loan Application Process

DEQ provides loans for several different categories of projects. Below (listed by those categories) are links to the documents associated with each type of loan. An applicant must complete one of the applications and all associated documents before being eligible for funding. It is highly recommended that applicants contact their regional project officer early in the application process for assistance. The program accepts applications at any time and received applications are reviewed three times during the year.*

Applications must be signed by an authorized official at the applicant’s agency and postmarked by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time the day of the application submission deadline. Applicants must submit an original, hard-copy application to their appropriate DEQ regional project officer. Emailed or faxed applications will not be accepted.  Applications must substantially conform to the guidelines and address all criteria. To learn more about the application process contact a project officer in your region or call 503-229-LOAN.

*Unless five or more applications are received between reviews.

Upcoming deadlines for receiving applications

By 11:59 p.m. PT on the due date:
  • Friday, April 14, 2023
  • Friday, Aug. 11 2023
  • Friday, Dec. 8, 2023

Application and process information

​​​​​Funding for projects that include animal waste management; agricultural conservation; protection or restoration of riparian (streamside) habitat; establishing conservation easements; acquiring riparian lands or wetlands, estuary management projects and other nonpoint source activities.

​​​​​Funding for design and construction of publicly owned wastewater facilities; building or rehabilitation of sewer collection systems; urban wet weather flow control activities, including stormwater; sanitary and combined sewer control measures. This application also includes the opportunity of using the Sponsorship Option, which allows a public agency to finance both a traditional wastewater project with a nonpoint source or estuary management activity as a combined project.

​​Funding of data collection and measurement, evaluation, analysis, security evaluations, report preparation, environmental review and any other activity leading to a written document.

​​​Encourages public agencies, often rural counties, soil and water conservation districts or irrigation districts, to use revolving fund financing to establish their own local loan program that addresses a local water quality issue occurring within their jurisdiction.