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Drought Relief Grants

Background

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 support activities focusing on drought relief and resilience.

Broadly for OWEB’s grant programs, 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. See the detailed information for each grant offering below for additional information about eligible applicants for specific offerings.

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.

Contact

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.

Contact

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

North Unit Irrigation District (NUID) Irrigation Modernization Grant

This grant program is currently under development and will provide match funding directly to the North Unit Irrigation District (NUID) to support investments in irrigation modernization projects within the NUID boundary in Jefferson County. The funding will support water conservation projects that protect or restore natural watershed or ecosystem functions in order to improve stream flows.

Contact

Please direct questions or comments to Heidi Hartman, Drought Programs Specialist, 971-707-0226.

Statewide Irrigation Modernization Grants (excluding NUID)

This program provides matching grants to support investments in irrigation modernization projects around the state. Projects supported by these grants should protect or restore natural watershed or ecosystem functions in order to improve stream flows.

Program Materials

The guidance documents and resources listed below help grant applicants understand the requirements and processes for the Statewide Irrigation Modernization 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.

Statewide Irrigation Modernization Grant Program Overview and Guidance: This document outlines important information about the 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 Statewide Irrigation Modernization Grant Program: This document supplements OWEB’s GoBig document for all grant programs. The items outlined in this supplement are specific to the legislative intent for the Statewide Irrigation Modernization Grant Program.

General Online Application Guidance for OWEB grants.

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

Webinar

A recorded webinar was held on August 8, 2022 at 10:00 am; to provide an overview of the Statewide Irrigation Modernization Grant Program.

Apply for a Grant

Award decisions for the Statewide Irrigation Modernization Grant Program will be made within approximately 4-6 weeks after the application deadline. The application cycle will follow this schedule: The grant cycle opens on August 1, 2022. The application deadline is September 29, 2022, at 5 pm.

Contact

Please direct questions or comments to Heidi Hartman, Drought Programs Specialist, 971-707-0226 or Amy Charette, Drought Programs Coordinator, 971-719-3100.

Drought Resilience Grants in Jefferson County

Coming soon

Drought Resilience Grants in Klamath County

Coming soon

Administrative Rules

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