The Department of State Lands (DSL) has established a grant program under the Submerged Lands Enhancement Fund (SLEF), approved by the Oregon Legislature in 2017 (ORS 274; OAR 141-082-0311 to 0314).
Moneys in the SLEF may be used to pay for projects that enhance state-owned submerged and submersible lands, such as:
- Removal, salvage, storage and disposal of abandoned or derelict structures
- Removal and disposal of marine debris
- Assistance with the salvage, towing, storage and disposal of abandoned or derelict vessels pursuant to ORS 830.908 to 830.944
- Engagement in activities to improve water quality, watershed enhancement and fish and wildlife habitat on submerged and submersible lands
DSL’s priorities for 2018 grants include projects that involve orphan/derelict piling or structure removal, and recreation access.
Up to five grants will be awarded for a total amount not exceeding $100,000. Matching funds of 25 percent or more are required for projects not initiated by DSL, and may be cash or in-kind. Projects associated with compensatory mitigation requirements will not be funded.
Successful applicants should be prepared to complete grant-funded projects by June 30, 2019.
2018 applications must be received by May 7, and may be mailed or emailed (instructions on the application form). All applications received will be evaluated based on the requirements of the grant program, and the successful applicants will be notified in late May/early June.