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Stakeholder Engagement Grants


"Stakeholder Engagement Project" means a project whose purpose is to communicate and engage with landowners, organizations, and the community about the need for, feasibility, and benefits of a specific eligible restoration or acquisition project or projects within an identified geography, or an eligible resource assessment or planning project, in order to successfully plan or implement said restoration or acquisition project. Education projects are not eligible.

Eligible Activities

To determine eligibility, project proponents should consider the outcomes of stakeholder engagement projects. To qualify as necessary for restoration or acquisition, the project must be tied to a specific geography, address clearly articulated habitat or watershed or ecosystem function goals for that geography, and identify a clear path toward achieving the restoration or acquisition measurable outcomes within a reasonable and specific timeframe.

Please see OWEB's Online Application Guidance. In the online application, applicants should select all activities that apply to the proposed project.

Education projects are not eligible for Stakeholder Engagement grants.

Activities not directly related to efforts to protect or restore native fish or wildlife habitat or improve water quality or stream flow are ineligible. Examples of ineligible activities include:
  • Recreational activities (boating, trail riding, archery, fly tying and casting, etc.) and lessons on outdoor skills (wilderness survival, basic fire starting, wild native edibles, etc.).
  • In-classroom natural resources or environmental lessons that have no outdoor component that protects, restores, or monitors native fish or wildlife habitat or water quality/quantity.
  • Work parties (e.g., planting or pulling weeds) that do not include components to increase awareness, knowledge, or skills of participants regarding watershed restoration and protection.
  • General science fairs or symposia or other informational events not directly associated with efforts to protect, restore, or monitor native fish or wildlife habitats or water quality or stream flows.
  • Proposals that aim to increase awareness, understanding or knowledge of low-impact development or other “green” activities, but that are not associated with efforts that protect, restore, or monitor native fish or wildlife habitats or water quality or stream flows.
  • Stand-alone proposals for a website, brochure, interpretive signs, book, or other stand-alone stakeholder engagement media.
  • Note: the activities in this list can be eligible only if they are part of a larger set of eligible stakeholder engagement activities.

​After grant applications are submitted:

  1. ​OWEB staff check 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. Review Teams prioritize projects recommended for funding based on:
    1. How well the project meets the criteria established in OAR 695-015-0070,
    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 staff summarize Review Team evaluations and recommend projects for funding to the board. OWEB staff post summarized evaluations and staff recommendations online.
  4. The OWEB board awards grants.

Applications are accepted in the Spring and Fall of each year and are submitted entirely through our online system. The Deadline for applications is April 26, 2021 by 5:00 p.m. The OWEB board plans to make grant awards at the October 2021 meeting.

  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.
    • DUNS (Data Universal Numbering System) number. Though not required at application, each grantee must have an active DUNS number verifiable through the System for Award Management (SAM) before a grant agreement will be released.
  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.


Oregon's Administrative Rules Secretary of State website

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