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Small Grant Program

Program Overview

The Small Grant Program is an easy-to-engage-in, competitive grant program that awards up to $15,000 for on-the-ground restoration projects principally carried out on private lands across Oregon. This program responds to a need for local decision-making about watershed restoration opportunities on a shorter timeframe than is available under OWEB’s regular grant program.

The Small Grant Program enables landowners across the state to contribute to the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds and the Oregon Conservation Strategy by committing “small acts of kindness” on their properties for the benefit of water quality, water quantity, and fish and wildlife. From planting native plants along stream sides to reducing sedimentation and erosion from upland farms and ranches, citizens everywhere can make a difference.

Small Grant Roles

Project Host

Landowner, not-for-profit institution, school, community college, state institution of higher education, independent not-for-profit institution of higher education, or local, state, or federal agency.


Watershed Council (council), Soil & Water Conservation District (district), or Tribe may apply for a small grant on behalf of any of the entities listed above.


Individual who administers the grant, signing the grant agreement, keeping records, submitting payment requests and documentation, etc.

Small Grant Team

Sets application deadlines and review periods for its geographical area. Team works with Applicant and forwards any application it recommendeds to OWEB.

Eligible Projects

Administrative Rules

Oregon Administrative Rules Secretary of State website

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