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Restoration Grants


Restoration Priorities include projects that address or involve:

  • altered watershed functions affecting water quality, water flow, and the production capacity for fish.
  • removal or remediation of structures such as roads, culverts, and channels to improve water quality and/or fish habitat.
  • land management practices to address the causes of chronic disturbances to the watershed.
  • direct evidence of collaboration between stakeholders and agencies over single-party projects.
  • upslope and upstream treatments.

Please see the Administrative Rules for the complete description.

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.

  • Bank stabilization
  • Fish passage improvement​
  • Flow
  • Habitat restoration
  • Road closures/decommissioning
  • Road drainage improvement
  • Vegetation establishment or management
  • Exclusion for habitat protection
  • Livestock management
  • Road closures/decommissioning
  • Road drainage improvement
  • Vegetation establishment or management
  • Livestock management
  • Road closures/decommissioning
  • Road drainage improvement
  • Vegetation establishment or management
  • Exclusion for habitat protection
  • Channel modification, including creation
  • Structure removal, modification, or installation
  • Nonstructural removal and placement protection
  • 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 eligible for funding through the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's fish screening 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 (​​​​ 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. Review Teams read applications and may visit proposed project sites. Review Teams meet to review applications based on criteria described in administrative rules. They recommend one of the following for each grant: a) Fund, b) Fund with conditions, c) Do not fund, or d) Defer to staff or the Board with an explanation ​if there is a policy issue or budget issue that needs to be addressed​. Review Teams prioritize projects recommended for funding based on:
    1. How well the project meets the criteria established in OARs 695-010-0030 and -0060,
    2. Certainty of project being completed successfully,
    3. Benefit to watershed function, habitat, and water quality, and
    4. Project costs relative to watershed benefits.
  3. OWEB staffsummarize Review Team comments into evaluations and recommend projects for funding to the board. OWEB staff post evaluations and staff recommendations online.
  4. The OWEB Boardawards grants.


Oregon Administrative Rules Secretary of State website