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Land Acquisition Grants

Background

The Oregon Constitution specifies that OWEB may fund projects involving the purchase of interests in land from willing sellers for the purpose of maintaining or restoring watersheds and habitat for native fish or wildlife.

Entities able to hold OWEB-funded interests in land, as long as the entity continues to use the land for the purposes specified in the constitution:

  • Local, state, and federal agencies
  • Tribes
  • Not-for-profit land conservation organizations and trusts
  • State institutions of higher education
  • Independent not-for-profit institutions of higher education or political subdivisions of the state

Program Materials

The guidance documents listed below have been developed to help OWEB's land acquisition partners understand the program's processes and requirements. OWEB recommends that applicants read the documents for assistance in submitting strong applications and preparing to meet grant requirements if funds are later awarded.

The forms and templates listed below have been developed to ensure that application information, property negotiation efforts, and due diligence meet the requirements of the land acquisition grant program. Program materials are periodically reviewed by the Department of Justice and may be revised as a result.

Program materials are formatted for vision-impaired persons, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Templates and examples are also provided in conventional format. The conventional format will be used by OWEB for all projects except those that involve vision-impaired persons. In the case of any unintended inconsistencies between the two formats of a document, OWEB will determine which version prevails.

The program materials have been updated for the fall 2022 grant offering. Applicants are required to use the current version of program materials.

 
 
 

OWEB will accept land acquisition grant applications during the fall 2022 grant offering. The application deadline is September 1, 2022 at 5:00 pm.

  1. Read the Pre-Application Consultation Guidance and review the program materials in the section above.
  1. Participate in a required pre-application consultation. Email Miriam Forney or call her at 971-345-7023 to schedule your consultation.
  2. Submit a land acquisition grant application online, through OWEB's Grant Management System (OGMS)​, which will be available on July 15, 2022. The application worksheet with application questions is available now and is posted under the guidance section of the program materials.
  3. Applications submitted for the fall 2022 offering will be considered for funding at the April 2023 Board meeting. Email Miriam Forney or call her at 971-345-7023 for more information.​

NEW:​ Based on dialogue with Coalition of Oregon Land Trust (COLT) members, OWEB modified the process for land acquisition grant applications. Changes include a deadline for pre-application consultations and an opportunity for reviewers to seek clarification regarding ecological outcomes and project soundness information in applications. An opportunity for applicants to provide written responses to OWEB regarding issues raised in public hearings has also been added. It was necessary to lengthen the grant cycle to allow time for the additional processes requested by the COLT members. More information is available in the process document posted with the program materials.

Introduction & Framework

Rules

Oregon Administrative Rules Secretary of State's website

Contact

Please direct questions or comments to Miriam Forney, Land Acquisitions Coordinator, 971-345-7023.