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Restoration Grants

Background

Restoration grants are for watershed projects that protect or restore watershed functions. The list of eligible project types below is not an exhaustive list. Please see OWEB's Online Application Guidance for further details. For eligibility questions, please contact a Project Manager.

Eligible Restoration Projects by Habitat and Activity

This is not an exhaustive list. Please see OWEB's Online Application Guidance for further details. For eligibility questions, please contact a Project Manager.

  • Improving fish passage
  • Enhancing channel complexity to improve habitat and function​
  • Reconnecting historic side channels and floodplain
  • Protecting or increasing flow
  • Improving water quality
  • ​Restoring proper functioning condition
  • Enhancing riparian vegetation communities
  • Treating invasive weed species
  • Reconnecting the floodplain
  • Moving roads out of riparian zones
  • Exclusion fencing
  • ​Improved livestock management
  • Vegetation management
    • Prairie restoration, juniper removal, oak enhancement, aspen protection, mahogany enhancement, and forest health
    • Invasive plant and weed species control
  • ​Rangeland improvements that benefit native grassland habitat
  • Road closures or drainage improvements
  • Restoring tidal wetlands by channel creation or enhancement
  • Improving fish passage by removing or upgrading tide gates and culverts
  • Removing constrictive dikes, levees, and roads and improve hydrology
  • Enhancing or establishing wetland plant communities
  • Excluding livestock access for habitat protection
  • Treating invasive weeds
  • A watershed improvement project consisting solely of water storage structure construction for an out-of-stream use not related to watershed restoration or protection.
  • A fish screening project is eligible for funding through the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's fish screening program except in FIP initiative restoration projects or if ODFW provides a letter stating that fish screen is eligible but not funded through their program.
  • A watershed improvement project constructed solely to comply with a state or federal agency enforcement order, legal judgment, or mitigation requirement.
  • Routine project maintenance costs.
  • ​A water conservation project in which there is no measurable instream flow benefit, groundwater benefit, or water quality improvement.

Applications are accepted in the Spring and Fall of each year and are submitted entirely through our online system. Information about current grant deadlines can be found on the home page of this website.

  1. Obtain a login (username and password).
    If your organization already has an OGMS login, skip to step 2.
  2. An OGMS login is required to access the online grant application. Only one login per organization is allowed. If no login exists for an organization, please email Leilani Sullivan ​to request one. Include the following in your email:
    • Organization name and address
    • Grantee Contact Information: name, title, email address, and phone number for the person who will receive all communication from OWEB and sign any grant agreements.
    • Payee Contact Information: name, email address, and phone number for the person who keeps records and submits payment requests and documentation.
    • FEIN (Federal Employer Identification Number). OWEB may enter into agreements only with legally established entities. OWEB will review potential applicants prior to creating an OGMS login.
    • Per federal guidance, all OWEB grantees must be registered at the System for Award Management (SAM) before receiving a grant agreement. Entities will received a non-proprietary identifier (called the Unique Entity Identifier (UEI).) This identifier is assigned by SAM (sam.gov​​​​ is a free service) and entities must update their registration annually.
  3. Log in to the Online Application.
    Guidance to help you fill out the application is always available in the top navigation bar of the online application. An ​application template is also available after you log in and choose "Create a New Application."

Please contact your Project Manager with questions.​

​After grant applications are submitted:

  1. ​OWEB staffcheck project eligibility in each application.
  2. Technical Review Teams (TRT) read ​applications and may participate in site visits on proposed projects. TRT members meet to discuss and evaluate each application based on criteria described in administrative rules​.​​
  3. Evaluations​ ​are prepared by OWEB staff for each application and summarize reviewers’ evaluation of strengths and concerns with respect to the evaluation criteria in administrative rules. Whether or not an application is funded, evaluations are intended to provide constructive feedback to the applicant and describe to the OWEB Board and the public the rationale for funding recommendations. The evaluations are posted online.
  4. Grant awards ​are made by the OWEB Board or, if delegated by the Board, by the OWEB Executive Director.

Rules

Oregon Administrative Rules Secretary of State website