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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
  • Oregon institutions of higher education
  • Independent not-for-profit institutions of higher education or political subdivisions of the state

Program Materials

The program materials have been updated for the fall 2023 grant offering. Applicants are required to use the current version of program materials.


OWEB is now scheduling consultations for Land Acquisition grants. The application deadline is September 1, 2023 by 5:00 PM. To apply for a land acquisition grant:

  1. Read the Pre-Application Consultation Guidance and review the other program materials in the section above.
  2. Participate in a required pre-application consultation. Email Miriam Forney or call her at 971-345-7023 to schedule your consultation. Consultations will be held June 2, 2023 – August 1, 2023. Applicants are encouraged to schedule a consultation early.
  3. Submit a Land Acquisition grant application online, through OWEB's Grant Management System (OGMS), which will be available beginning July 15, 2023. An application template​ is available now on OGMS.

Applications submitted for the fall 2023 offering will be considered for funding at the April 2024 OWEB board meeting.

The match requirement for this grant offering is 25%.

If you intend to apply for matching funds from the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program, please review the information on the Coastal Wetlands grants webpage and email Jillian McCarthy​, Partnerships Coordinator, or call her at 971-345-7016.

If you have questions about applying for a Land Acquisition grant, please contact Miriam Forney.​​

Introduction & Framework


Oregon Administrative Rules Secretary of State's website


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