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Land Acquisition Grants


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 are updated for the spring 2021 grant offering. Applicants are required to use the current version of program materials. Applicants will be informed of any revisions as they occur.


The application deadline for the spring 2021 land acquisition grant offering was April 22, 2021.  Applications submitted for the spring 2021 offering will be considered for funding at the October 2021 Board meeting, unless the application review process is extended due to pandemic-related travel restrictions.​

OWEB anticipates accepting land acquisition applications again in fall 2022.​​

Introduction & Framework


Oregon Administrative Rules Secretary of State's website


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

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