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ReOregon: Planning, Infrastructure, and Economic Revitalization Program

Planning, Infrastructure, and Economic Revitalization (PIER) Program

Grant Opportunity for Community Disaster Recovery from 2020 Labor Day Wildfires and Straight-line Winds

The Planning, Infrastructure, and Economic Revitalization Program (PIER) program will provide grants in the eight most impacted counties to address the unmet infrastructure, planning, and economic revitalization recovery needs from the 2020 Labor Day wildfires and straight-line winds. Projects to mitigate the damage of possible future disasters are also eligible. PIER is intended to fund the infrastructure needed to support new housing and the economic health of the region that will allow households to purchase new homes. 

Background Information 

The PIER program ($42,117,170.00) is a CDBG-DR program that funds projects to rebuild damaged infrastructure, increase resiliency, and promote long-term housing recovery and recovery of local businesses impacted by the 2020 Labor Day Disasters. OHCS allocated funds based on a HUD-approved needs assessment for the identified impacted counties and each county has formed a selection committee comprised of various local government entities and non-governmental organizations to create a selection process for evaluating and selecting proposed projects under the program. The program is administered by OHCS. 

Selection Committee Allocations & Resources 

County Percent of Total
PIER Program Allocation
PIER Allocation
Selection Committee
Clackamas 5.7%
Clackamas County Disaster Management
Douglas 5.7%
Douglas County PIER Grant Program
Jackson 32.9%
Jackson County PIER Grant Program
Klamath 4.0%
Klamath County PIER Grant Program
Lane 18.8%
Lane County PIER Grant Program
Lincoln 6.4%
Lincoln County
Linn 7.4%
Linn County
Marion 19.1%
Marion County

Eligible Uses of Funds

  • Recovery: Economic revitalization, infrastructure, and planning projects or programs relating to recovery needs. 
  • Mitigation: Forward-looking projects or programs that would reduce the expected loss of life or property from natural hazards identified in adopted hazard mitigation plans. 
    • Examples include community resilience plans, applying ignition-resistant materials to public facilities, or other projects that would increase resilience to future disasters. 
    • Project proponents are encouraged to perform a cost-benefit analysis to confirm the cost-effectiveness of the proposed mitigation benefits from the project. Subrecipients may use the FEMA Benefit-Cost Analysis as a guide. 

Program Requirements

  • PIER is part of ReOregon, which is funded by a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR).
  • PIER allows most CDBG-eligible activities except for housing construction. (Other ReOregon programs address the direct reconstruction of housing stock.)
  • All activities must also address an allowable "National Objective." In most cases, that will either be serving populations with low and moderate incomes or "urgent need."
  • A range of federal rules and requirements apply, including: Environmental Review (NEPA compliance; Davis-Bacon prevailing wages; extensive compliance monitoring; 2 CFR 200 procurement rules; and a review for "Duplication of Benefits." 

Eligible Project Leads and Applicants

Eligible entities must have the capacity, systems, and expertise in place to carry out the proposed project or program. Eligible entities include:

  • Tribal, state, county, and municipal governments, agencies, districts, and authorities
  • Schools (K-12)
  • Public housing authorities
  • Other public or quasi-public entities
  • Nonprofits

How to Apply

Regional selection committees will set the process for application in each region. If you are unsure whom to contact, please email to request a contact. Separate project description forms are available for Planning, Infrastructure, and Economic Revitalization projects. OHCS has also provided a suggested project schedule template. 

The committees include representatives from local governments, the economic development district, long-term recovery group (LTRG), and a federally recognized Tribe (if applicable). 


PIER Planning Overview

Selection Committee Roles and Responsibilities

Project Description Form

PIER Documents