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Drought Relief Grants


OWEB received funding to provide grants for drought relief during the 2021 Second Special Session of the Oregon Legislature. These grants are supported by General Funds and have an explicit Legislative intent to support activities focusing on drought relief and resilience (2021 Senate Bill 5561).

Eligible applicants include tribes, watershed councils, soil and water conservation districts, not-for-profit organizations, schools, community colleges, state institutions of higher education, independent not-for-profit institutions of higher education, and political subdivisions of the state that are not state agencies. A state agency or federal agency may apply for funding only as a co-applicant with one of the other eligible entities.

OWEB’s Drought Relief Grants include:

Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) Soil Conservation Grant

This grant provides funding directly to Jefferson County SWCD to support stewardship practices in Jefferson County on irrigated land that is at high risk for erosion and soil degradation. The grant also provides funding to limit the spread of noxious and invasive weeds. The grant enables Jefferson County SWCD to assist agricultural producers who have been forced to fallow irrigated agricultural fields due to drought.

Please direct questions or comments to Theresa DeBardelaben, Drought Programs Specialist, 971-719-3112.

Klamath Off-Channel Livestock Watering Grants

This program provides grants for livestock watering well and the construction of off-channel water facilities in Klamath County. These grants help irrigated pasture owners to move livestock watering facilities away from riparian areas. This minimizes grazing impacts on riparian areas and dependency on in-stream water sources.

Program Materials
The guidance documents and resources listed below help grant applicants understand the requirements and processes for the Klamath Off-Channel Livestock Watering grant program. OWEB strongly encourages applicants to read the documents below before they develop a grant application or contact OWEB staff with questions about this grant program or eligibility.

Klamath Off-Channel Livestock Watering Grant Program Overview and Guidance: This document outlines important information about grant program structure. It provides guidance to help applicants determine if proposed projects are eligible for this program. This document also outlines important considerations for these grants.

OWEB Guidance on Budgeting in Grants (GoBig) document for the Klamath Off-Channel Livestock Watering Grant Program: This document supplements OWEB’s GoBig document for all grant programs. The items outlined in this supplement are specific to legislative intent for the Klamath Off-Channel Livestock Watering grants.

A recorded webinar was held on June 6th, 2022 to provide an overview of the Klamath Off-Channel Livestock Watering grant program.

Off-Channel Livestock Water Grant Frequently Asked Questions – under development

General Online Application Guidance for OWEB grants.

OWEB’s Guidance on Budgeting in Grants (GoBig) document.

Apply for a Grant
The Klamath Off-Channel Livestock Watering Grant Program application cycles follow this schedule Award decisions will be made within approximately 6 weeks after the application deadline:

  • The first grant cycle opens at the end of May 2022, The closing deadline is June 30, 2022, at 5 pm.
  • The second grant cycle opens in mid-July 2022. The closing deadline is September 1, 2022, at 5 pm.
  • If funding remains available, a third grant cycle will open in early November 2022 and close in late December 2022.

Please direct questions or comments to Amy Charette, Drought Programs Coordinator, 971-719-3100.

North Unit Irrigation District (NUID) Irrigation Modernization Grant

Coming soon

Statewide Irrigation Modernization Grants (excluding NUID)

Coming soon

Drought Resilience Grants in Jefferson County

Coming soon

Drought Resilience Grants in Klamath County

Coming soon

Administrative Rules

Oregon's Administrative Rules Secretary of State website.