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Water Acquisition Grants


The OWEB water acquisition program supports the planning and implementation of the acquisition of an interest in water from a willing seller across the state.  Water acquisition grants can support a range of project activities from permanent transfers and temporary leases of instream water rights to incentive-based voluntary curtailments by irrigators. The purpose of this program is to increase instream flow to address the conservation needs of habitats and species and to improve water quality.

Eligible Projects

Programs or projects that plan for or implement, or both, the acquisition of an interest or interests in water from a willing seller for the purpose of increasing instream flow. This can include permanent water right transfers, temporary water leases, and other incentive-based voluntary curtailments by irrigators.

​Applications are accepted in the Fall of each year and are submitted entirely through our online system. Deadlines will be posted once the Fall grant cycle opens.
  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 Eric Williams with questions.​​

​After grant applications are submitted:

  1. ​OWEB staff check project eligibility in each application.
  2. Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) reads applications and meets 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. The TAC prioritizes projects recommended for funding based on how well the project meets the criteria established in OAR 695-046-0200
  3. OWEB staff summarize TAC ​comments into evaluations and recommend projects for funding to the board. OWEB staff post evaluations and staff recommendations online.
  4. The OWEB Boardawards grants.

Administrative Rules

Oregon Administrative Rules Secretary of State's website


Please direct questions email Eric Williams, Grant Program Manager or call 971-345-7014.