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COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

This page was updated June 2.

Below are questions we have received from grantees and others concerning OWEB’s granting processes. On April 7, OWEB announced it was placing a pause on all funding awards and budget decisions until the board meets after the May revenue distribution and May revenue forecast. That meeting will occur in June. Please see Executive Director Meta Loftsgaarden's Memo to the Board.
Each question is preceded by the date the response to it was entered or updated. Dates of responses added or updated in May are highlighted green. Dates of responses added or updated after June 1 are highlighted yellow.

June 10-11 Board Meeting

*NOTE: For timeline questions, including grant award dates and when agreements will be completed, see the "OWEB General" category below.

6/2/20 - When will OWEB begin discussing the 2021-2023 Spending Plan?

The board will begin discussing the 2021-2023 spending plan in September 2020. It will be a regular agenda item throughout the fall, with a final spending plan approved in June 2021.

6/2/20 - Will council and district operating capacity grants be a priority for funding next biennium?

We don't know at this time.  The board will discuss all spending plan categories when it begins discussing the 2021-2023 spending plan in September with final approval in June 2021.

6/2/20 - Will council and district operating capacity grants follow the timelines for applications and awards as in previous biennia?

While we don’t know at this time, we also recognize the biennial nature of capacity grants is different from other spending plan line items, so will work closely with the board to recognize the nuances amongst different programs. While the final spending plan won’t be approved until June, OWEB hopes to have a better feel for the process for how capacity grants in particular will be approached by mid-March 2021.

6/2/20 - When will additional funds become available for new SIA's?

We don't know at this time. Given both funding and capacity challenges, OWEB is working with ODA on a strategy regarding SIA funding to discuss with the board at the September 2020 meeting.

6/2/20 - When will it be decided if there will another open solicitation grant cycle after the July 27 one?

We don't know at this time. Additional funds earned through Lottery receipts would be added to the boards spending plan later in the biennium. If enough funds became available, another cycle would be held.

6/2/20 - How much time will applicants have between announcing a future OS cycle and the applications being due?

We don't know at this time if there will be additional Open Solicitation grant cycles this biennium beyond the July 27, 2020 deadline. If there is another offering this biennium our intent is to provide similar notice as we have in the past, about 90 days between announcement and deadline.

6/2/20 - Has it been determined to permanently change the open solicitation cycles or will it go back to the current October/April cycle? If it is changing is the stakeholder input process still part of determining the new cycle dates?

It has not been determined when future open solicitation cycles will be held. OWEB grants are dependent on quarterly revenue for the remainder of the current biennium (through June 30, 2021). We have put our focus group and additional stakeholder engagement around solicitation cycles on indefinite pause, but plan to resume those communications when we have more certainty about solicitation cycles.

5/28/20 - What will be the award date of the Open Solicitation grants awarded at the June 11 board meeting?

The award date for applications awarded at the June 11 board meeting will be April 22, 2020.

5/28/20 - When will pending FIP director’s award memos and Small Grant Program grant agreements be signed and when will be the award date?

Those FIP director’s award memos and Small Grant Program grant agreements that were already in process will be signed after the board approves the revised spending plan at its June 11 board meeting, retaining their initial award dates. Subsequent applications will follow the normal process for award dates.

5/28/20 - Is the funding pause being lifted on all OWEB grants?

The proposed spending plan rebalancing provides details for all grant types. Each is different. All open solicitation projects proposed for the board to award in April will be approved.

5/28/20 - When will Open Solicitation applications that are due July 27 be reviewed by regional review teams?

Virtual site visits and virtual regional review teams are scheduled to occur in late summer/fall of 2020.

5/28/20 - What should I do if after the board award but before the first payment request if I find out I cannot meet the match requirement?

Grantees should communicate directly with their Project Managers as soon as they know about changes in available match. OWEB will work with grantees to be as adaptable and flexible as possible, including possibly adjusting when secured match is due and/or adjusting match requirements.

5/28/20 - Can I use OWEB grant funds to pay for PPE for staff?

Yes, work with your Project Manager on any necessary budget amendments.

5/28/20 - Do I have to stick to the schedule proposed in the original application?

No, work with your Project Manager to make any adjustments to the proposed schedule.

5/28/20 - My project will now cost more because of COVID-19 related precautions. Can OWEB increase my grant award to help cover these additional costs?

No, OWEB cannot provide any additional funding beyond what was requested in the original application.

5/28/20 - My project will now cost more because of COVID-19 related precautions. Can I adjust my deliverables after board award to account for increased costs?

Yes, deliverables can be adjusted, as long as the overall ecological objectives of the project can still be achieved. Work with your Project Manager on any necessary project modifications.

5/28/20 - If I can’t complete my project with the funds awarded, can I apply for a future OWEB grant to complete the work as proposed in the original application?

Small grant program rules do not allow subsequent grants for the same restoration actions on a project site. For open solicitation grants, there may be some flexibility in this regard, subject to technical review. Check with your Project Manager for additional guidance.

5/28/20 - When is OWEB set to receive its next allocation of Lottery funds?

Allocations are received in August, November, February, and May.

5/28/20 - When will Open Solicitation applications that are due July 27 be considered by the OWEB Board?

We do not yet have a date for board consideration of these awards. It will be based on circumstances outlined in the staff report, including available funding.

5/28/20 - If more money becomes available later in the biennium, will OWEB consider another cycle for annually awarded grants (Weeds, Monitoring, Land and Water Acquisitions)?

The staff proposal recommends the board not hold a second cycle for any of the annually awarded grant programs.

Open Solicitation Grants

*NOTE: For timeline questions, including grant award dates and when agreements will be completed, see the "OWEB General" category below.

4/30/20 - When and how will site visits occur for July restoration applications?

Staff will schedule virtual site visits during August and September in order to proceed with evaluation and review. Virtual regional review team meetings will be tentatively scheduled for October/November.

4/20/20 - Will OWEB change the deadline for the Spring 2020 Open Solicitation grant offering?

OWEB has extended the Open Solicitation deadline to July 27, 2020; please see the announcement. This extension will allow applicants to proceed with more clarity following board action on pending grants at its June meeting (specific date to be announced) and any spending plan adjustments based on revenue received and forecasts at its June and July meetings.

4/20/20 - With the new Spring 2020 Open Solicitation deadline extended to July 27, does this mean that board awards will happen in January?

Since all grant awards are paused until the June Board meeting, we cannot plan an award date until the pause is lifted.

4/9/20 - How will you decide which projects from the Fall 2019 offering get funded if revenues come in lower than expected?

We do not know at this time. Staff will develop a suite of recommendations for the board to consider including proposed start dates. All staff recommendations will be made public in advance of the June board meeting. Recommendations will be acted on by the OWEB Board at its June meeting.

4/9/20 - How will funding awards be prioritized once you know what your cash forecast will be?

We do not know at this time. Staff will develop a suite of recommendations for the board to consider including how to prioritize projects. All staff recommendation will be made public in advance of the June board meeting. Recommendations will be acted on by the OWEB Board at its June meeting.

4/9/20 - Will we get to use the match date from when awards were supposed to happen?

You should communicate directly with other funders to determine what they will consider as an appropriate match date. For match that is required to be secured, the award date will be determined by the board at its June board meeting.

4/9/20 - For projects submitted through Open Solicitation, will the process remain the same, including regional review team meetings, recommendations from reviewers, and other steps?

Yes, we will continue to use our existing process for Open Solicitation applications.

4/9/20 - What do we do if matching funds for pending grants can’t be extended?

Each project is different and OWEB cannot advise on matching funds. We encourage you to be in communication with all of your funders to discuss the evolving situation and options due to the COVID-19 emergency. In addition, please keep your project manager informed of these issues, so we can better understand where grantees may be facing match issues on the OWEB side as well.

4/9/20 - Is funding for the Spring 2020 grant offering entirely dependent on potential stimulus funding? Or is it your assumption that OWEB may be able to fund some of those under its existing revenue structure?

The Spring 2020 grant awards are dependent on the May revenue report the board will use to inform its decisions in June. Potential stimulus funding is unknown at this time; however, applications received by OWEB will help the agency better understand where stimulus funds could be used in the future depending on requirements of those funds.

4/9/20 - I have a project that was recommended for funding to the Board for an April award and planned for summer implementation. Should I cancel my summer implementation?

Board decisions on applications will occur in June based on revenue information that will be available at that time. Each project is different, so OWEB cannot make a general determination if a project can be implemented this summer or not.

4/9/20 - Should I pull the match funding from a recommended project and put it to another project, since the match funding will be lost at the end of the year?

Each project is different, and OWEB cannot make that determination for you. We encourage you to be in communication with all of your funders to discuss the evolving situation and options due to the COVID-19 emergency.

4/9/20 - How are you handling grant agreements that were previously held due to late reports but should have been in place prior to April 3?

In most cases grant agreements will not be held up for outstanding reports during the COVID-19 emergency, and many have already been released for signature. If you were not informed by your project manager that your late report would hold up your agreement, assume your grant is moving forward. Administrative staff are working with project managers to finalize grant agreements for projects funded prior to April 3 as quickly as possible.

4/9/20 - What about grants that have a grant agreement that are in the process of being signed?

Grant agreements will continue to move through OWEB’s review process for all grant awards made on or prior to April 3. If you receive a grant agreement from OWEB you should sign and return it through the normal process.

Small Grant Program

*NOTE: For timeline questions, including grant award dates and when agreements will be completed, see the "OWEB General" category below.

4/13/20 - What will happen to small grant applications that have been submitted, reviewed, and recommended for funding by Small Grant Teams once the pause has been lifted?

We do not know at this time. Staff will develop a suite of recommendations for all grant programs for the board to consider at its June 2020 board meeting. All staff recommendations will be made public in advance of the June board meeting.

4/9/20 - Will you consider extending the date by which small grant teams have to expend their funds due to the pause?

At this time the end of the small grant funding window is June 30, 2021. Given the uncertainty regarding when normal operations can resume, we will monitor the situation to determine whether additional time is needed for project funding and communicate with stakeholders as new information is available.

4/9/20 - Will OWEB waive the 90-day signature requirement for small grants?

Yes, we will waive the rule.

4/9/20 - Are small grants without grant agreements also on hold?

Yes, all new funding decisions are on hold

 until after the OWEB Board meeting in June.

4/9/20 - Can Small Grant Teams continue accepting applications during OWEB’s pause on new grant agreements?

Yes, Small Grant Teams may accept and review applications. It is up to each Small Grant Team to decide how to proceed with current and upcoming application offerings. Grant agreements should not be drafted until the pause is lifted. Further guidance will be provided on the setting of project start dates when more information is available.

4/9/20 - Will small grant funding continue because amounts were allocated in July 2019 when the OWEB Board adopted its 2019-2021 Spending Plan?

This pause is for all OWEB grant types, including small grants recommended for funding by Small Grant Teams. While the board did allocate funds generally for the Small Grant Program in its 2019-21 spending plan, individual grants were not awarded – those are done through a separate process. During this pause all new funding decisions are on hold until after the OWEB Board meets in June, even those allocated in the spending plan but not yet awarded.

4/9/20 - Small grants are not eligible for time extensions per the Small grant rules. Can OWEB waive this rule and allow time extensions on Small grants during the COVID-19 emergency?

Yes, we will waive the rule.

Focused Investment Partnerships Program

*NOTE: For timeline questions, including grant award dates and when agreements will be completed, see the "OWEB General" category below.

4/13/20 - What will happen to FIP grant applications that have been submitted and reviewed by technical review teams once the pause has been lifted?

We do not know at this time. Staff will develop a suite of recommendations for all grant programs for the board to consider at its June 2020 board meeting. All staff recommendations will be made public in advance of the June board meeting.

4/9/20 - How does this pause impact existing FIPs? Has OWEB already allocated the funds? What about next biennium?

This pause is for all OWEB grant types, including individual projects within existing FIPs. While the board did allocate funds generally for the FIP program in its 2019-21 Spending Plan, individual grants were not awarded – those are done through a separate process. During this pause, all new funding decisions are on hold until after the OWEB Board meets in June, even those allocated in the spending plan but not yet awarded.

4/9/20 - Are FIP grants are also paused, including projects where we have already had a Technical Review Team meeting earlier this spring?

Yes, all new funding decisions are on hold until after the OWEB Board meets in June.

4/13/20 - Will the June 30, 2020 Implementation FIP deadline change? Will any of the application requirements change?

OWEB has extended the FIP consultation deadline from April 30, 2020 to May 14, 2020. Please see the Implementation FIP announcment for more information on the consultation process. OWEB has not changed the June 30, 2020 FIP deadline or any application requirements.

4/9/20 - Once the pause is over, will the board prioritize FIP financial commitments made in July 2019 over other grants?

We don't know at this time. Staff will develop a suite of recommendations for the board to consider based on revenues received and projected. All staff recommendations will be made public in advance of the June board meeting. The Board ultimately determines any alterations to its current spending plan based on revenue estimates.

4/9/20 - Will core partnership signatures still be required for Implementation FIP applications?

Electronic signatures are allowed and can be used. Applicants should communicate directly with grant program staff if there are challenges in meeting specific application requirements, including signatures.

2019-2021 Council Capacity Grants

*NOTE: For timeline questions, including grant award dates and when agreements will be completed, see the "OWEB General" category below.

5/1/20 - We have received a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) grant/loan through the CARES Act. How do we track expenses that we will seek forgiveness for in relation to our OWEB Council Capacity grant?

You cannot bill OWEB for expenses that you will seek forgiveness for under the Paycheck Protection Program; this would lead to double dipping. You should work with your local accountant or financial advisor to set up a system for tracking expenses and reimbursements under this program.

5/18/20 - Does a possible 8-week extension in council capacity grants signal a potential 8-week delay in receipt of next biennium's council capacity awards?

No, that is not the intent. The extension would provide councils greater flexibility in using their 2019-2021 council capacity grants and result in councils having two grants open for the first 8 weeks of the 2021-2023 biennium.

5/18/20 - Will OWEB be considering who did or did not apply for and receive a PPP when it makes future grantmaking decisions?

No, OWEB will continue to use its existing grant evaluation criteria and application review processes when making funding decisions.

5/18/20 - If councils do not qualify for PPP loan forgiveness, will OWEB allow councils to charge the loan interest to council capacity grants?

Yes.

4/9/20 - Is OWEB considering an enhancement / increase to council support in the latter part of the biennium (pending revenues, of course) - even at the expense of a reduced open solicitation funding pool?

We don't know at this time.

2019-2021 SWCD Capacity Grants

*NOTE: For timeline questions, including grant award dates and when agreements will be completed, see the "OWEB General" category below.

4/20/20 - Can SWCDs use grant funds to cover employee costs when the employee is taking COVID-19 leave?

1. For OWEB Project Grants (i.e. Restoration, Technical Assistance, Stakeholder Engagement, and Monitoring) SWCDs can only charge OWEB project grants for actual employee time worked on a specific grant. Grantees can use any indirect costs to cover general operating costs.

2. For SWCD Operating Capacity Grants SWCD’s can charge general operating costs to SWCD Operating Capacity grants, this includes any costs related to employees taking COVID-19 leave.

Other Grant Questions

*NOTE: For timeline questions, including grant award dates and when agreements will be completed, see the "OWEB General" category below.

4/9/20 - Will Oregon State Weed Board grants awarded in February 2020 be impacted by the pause?

No, those grants have already been awarded.

4/9/20 - Are the Oregon Invasive Species Council grants also on pause?

Those are not OWEB grants and you will have to contact the Oregon Invasive Species Council for more information.

4/9/20 - How does this impact the PCSRF funds OWEB receives?

We don't know at this time if or how this may impact federal funding from the PCSRF program.

OWEB General

5/14/20 - What happens to grants that had secured match at the beginning of the project, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the match is either no longer available or is now pending due to the changing circumstances of project partners?

Final match documentation is not due to OWEB until the completion of the project. Grantees should communicate directly with their project manager regarding changes in available match. OWEB will work with grantees to be as adaptable and flexible as possible, including possibly adjusting when secured match is due and or adjusting match requirements.

5/14/20 - What if a grantee is unable to document the required match at the time of the first payment request?

Grantees should communicate directly with their project managers as soon as they know about changes in available match. OWEB will work with grantees to be as adaptable and flexible as possible, including possibly adjusting when secured match is due and or adjusting match requirements.

5/13/20 - What is OWEB’s Board meeting schedule for the remainder of the biennium?

For the remainder of the 2019-2021 biennium, the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) will move all board meetings to a virtual format. In order to allow the OWEB Board to make funding decisions based on the latest economic data, including quarterly Lottery revenue distributions to OWEB, board meeting dates have been changed to the following:

  • June 10-11, 2020
  • September 9, 2020
  • December 16, 2020
  • March 10, 2021
  • June 9, 2021

4/17/20 - Will OWEB continue to fund projects with Pacific Coast Salmon Recovery Fund (PCSRF) funding?

At this time OWEB has put a pause on all new grant awards, regardless of the funding source. Given the uncertainties around Lottery revenues, this allows OWEB to preserve maximum flexibility across all of our grant programs, including those that are eligible for PCSRF funding.

4/17/20 - Do I still need to submit pre-project photos with my first payment request during the COVID-19 emergency?

Field work is allowed if people follow physical distancing practices including, one person per vehicle, no more than 10 people at a site, 6 feet spacing between people, and no passing materials between people. If a grantee is able to start a project following physical distancing guidelines then they should be able to secure the photos necessary for first payment. If there is a specific problem grantees should reach out to their OWEB Project Manager.

4/9/20 - Will OWEB make any changes to eligible costs in current grant agreements?

All costs must be eligible costs as described in our Budget Category document. However, OWEB will work with grantees to be as adaptable and flexible as possible within both the scope of work and eligible costs.

4/9/20 - For spring open solicitation grant awards, is there a possibility that OWEB may make an exception allowing expenses to be incurred prior to grant agreements for some set time period?

The board makes the final determination of award dates and does have some ability to adjust grant award dates prior to the date of the board meeting. Staff will develop a suite of recommendations for the board to consider in June, including proposed start dates. Any staff recommendations will be made public in advance of the June board meeting.

4/9/20 - If grants are awarded in June, when will grant agreements be completed? When will grantees be able to access the funds?

Grantees can begin charging to a grant as of the date of the board award (see question above). Grantees can begin billing for expenses as soon as they have a signed grant agreement. Grant agreements will be executed as soon after board action as possible.

4/9/20 - How does this impact the April OWEB Board meeting?

The April 21-22, 2020 board meeting is currently being split into two separate meetings. The OWEB Board will meet via Zoom on April 21 to discuss non-funding decisions like rulemaking. The board will meet again in early June to discuss funding decisions.

4/9/20 - How much of the Lottery revenue comes from the closed video lottery machines?

Lottery makes up about 70% of OWEB’s granting budget. While there are estimates of Lottery revenues from video lottery in the news media, we will not really know the impact until a Lottery distribution is received in May.

4/9/20 - If OWEB receives funding from outside sources, other than PCSRF, will it award it or will it be held up by this pause?

If OWEB receives additional funds other than PCSRF from other sources during this pause, they will be expended in accordance with any agreements or guidance from the entity that provided the funds.

4/9/20 - What about PCSRF funds? Will OWEB award PCSRF funds during the current pause?

The review and evaluation process is the same for lottery and PCSRF funds. When projects are recommended, they may include a mix of lottery and PCSRF funds. Projects are not ranked separately by review teams based on funding source. At the June meeting, grants funded with PCSRF funds will be awarded in the same way and at the same time as lottery funded projects.

4/9/20 - Does OWEB anticipate reducing available funding to all current grant programs or potentially eliminating funding certain programs during the economic downturn?

We don't know at this time. Staff will develop a suite of recommendations for the board to consider based on revenues received and projected. All staff recommendations will be made public in advance of the June board meeting. The Board ultimately determines any alterations to its current spending plan based on revenue estimates.

4/9/20 - How is OWEB working with the state to communicate uncertainty and shortfalls such that future state stimulus (if available) might be directed to OWEB in lieu of lottery funds? In other words: if lottery funds shortages are realized, are other parallel conversations happening to line up a backfill mechanism from the state if/when a state stimulus happens?

OWEB is actively working with other agencies to help build an understanding of potential projects available and ways stimulus funds could be most quickly put to use.

Terminology

What do the different OGMS labels mean?

Pending means that an application has not been awarded funds either by OWEB Board action or a Director’s award memo. These grant awards are on pause until after the board makes funding decisions with updated budget information in June.

Funded means that funds have been awarded either by OWEB Board action or a Director’s award memo and the grant agreement has not yet been signed by OWEB staff and the grantee. These grants are not on pause. You can incur expenses as of the start date indicated on the grant agreement. However, you cannot bill for expenses until you have a signed grant agreement.

Open means the grant agreement has been signed by OWEB staff and the grantee and the grantee can bill for expenses.

What is the difference between a Board Award and a Director’s Award?

Board Award means grant funds that the board directly awards, including all grants in open solicitation grant offerings and acquisitions.

Director’s Award means grant funds that the Board has authorized the director to award and enter into appropriate agreements. Examples of these include Small Grants and Focused Investment Partnerships.

OWEB Responsiveness on Requests

4/3/20 - Will OWEB still be processing requests for reimbursements at this time?

Yes. Many of our systems and processes have gone online in recent years. Project managers are available via phone and email to answer questions and process payment requests. Fiscal staff are working both in the office and remotely to process payments and managers are around to sign payments. Everything might take a little longer, but payments will continue to be processed.

Payment Requests, Extension Flexibility

4/3/20 - Will OWEB offer flexibility related to grants already in place, including extending grant timelines, allowing more flexibility with budget amendments and progress report/final report deliverables? Underlying concerns include the inability to complete field-work and stakeholder/public engagement activities, and the need for employees to scale down from 1.0 FTE positions due to inability to safely complete field work and unavailability of child-care, etc.

OWEB will absolutely work with grantees as the situation evolves to be as adaptable and flexible as possible. Grantees should work with their project managers to discuss individual project timelines, budgets, and deliverables and request extensions and amendments through OWEB's existing procedures.

4/3/20 - OWEB tracks how many grant extensions an organization requests and a pattern of extensions can affect evaluation outcomes and the strength of future proposals. Can OWEB exempt COVID-19 related extension requests from those metrics?

The grantee admin review, which is completed once a biennium, does take into account time extensions and late reports when assessing a grantee's risk. However, this information is not used in the evaluation of grant applications. For the next biennial review we will not use data on time extensions and late reports during the period of the COVID-19 emergency when calculating the overall grantee admin review score and the risk level.

4/3/20 - Can we still charge a grant the cost to register for an event if we don't get 100% of the refund (i.e. the CONNECT conference)?

Yes.

4/3/20 - What if a grantee can’t get a signature on the county land use form, which is necessary prior to first payment?

An email approval from the county planning office will be accepted in lieu of a signature. The email must reference the applicant name, project name, and reference the relevant information from Section 2 of the Land Use form.

4/3/20 - Will grant agreements continue to be held up for outstanding reports?

In most cases grant agreements will not be held up for outstanding reports during the COVID-19 emergency. Administrative staff will work with managers and project managers to get as many grant agreements out as quickly as possible. OWEB staff have created a blanket rule waiver which will be placed in files as necessary.

Use of OWEB Funds Related to COVID-19

4/3/20 - Will OWEB explore offering an enhancement of current grants and/or a new stimulus-focused RFP? This might help maintain services for grantees experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. 

We don't know at this time. Any decisions will be considered in light of federal stimulus response as well.

4/3/20 - Could OWEB funds be diverted to deal with the COVID-19 emergency and therefore cause a shortage of funds to grantees?

No, Measure 76 funds are constitutionally dedicated funds and cannot be used for purposes outside those described in the enabling constitution and statutes.

4/3/20 - Can grantees with existing project grants use OWEB funds to purchase equipment and software necessary to set-up staff for teleworking (i.e. laptops, teleconference devices, remote meeting software)? 

OWEB will absolutely work with grantees to be as adaptable and flexible as possible. However, all costs must be eligible costs as described in our Budget Category document. Grantees should work with their project managers to discuss individual project timelines, budgets, and deliverables and request extensions and amendments through OWEB's existing procedures.

4/3/20 - Can OWEB offer grants, like council and district support grants, specifically targeted for helping grantees set-up staff for teleworking?

We don't know at this time. Any decisions will be considered in light of federal stimulus response as well.

4/3/20 - Grantees are experiencing increased costs (telework equipment, additional travel costs if taking multiple vehicles to a project site) and we appreciate OWEB’s flexibility with budget amendments. However, these costs reduce the overall available project funding. Is there a potential to get additional project funding from OWEB to support increased costs?

We don't know at this time. Any decisions will be considered in light of federal stimulus response.

Guidance on Grantee Policies Related to COVID-19

4/3/20 - Can OWEB provide guidance on how to pay staff who will need to quarantine, which will preclude their ability to work? Will there be resources to compensate staff who require sick leave beyond what they have accrued?

OWEB does not provide guidance on human resources, management, and payroll issues. We expect guidance to be coming from the federal government on how to track and pay for leave associated with the COVID-19 emergency.

We recommend connecting with the Nonprofit Association of Oregon (NPAO), the Special Districts Association of Oregon (SDAO), and regularly checking the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health website to understand and track state and local guidance.

4/3/20 - At this point, a global recession seems likely. How did OWEB navigate the 2008 recession (best practices/lessons learned) and how would they advise grantees to prepare/build resiliency?

This is a difficult time, and we don't know what the future holds. And, the challenging piece is that much of what can be done in terms of best practices are things that need to have been put in place during 'good times'. That said, this is not like 2008. For example, video lottery games are not operational right now. OWEB has been conservative in its grant-making (i.e., not spending all of our reserves). So, in the short term, we intend to continue our grant-making as planned, but will be closely tracking Lottery revenues moving forward, and will keep you updated.

For individual grantees, again, we recommend using resources such as NPAO and SDAO.

4/3/20 - Where does restoration work fall into Oregon’s stay-at-home order?

Under Executive Order 20-12, restoration work may continue to occur as long as staff are able to follow social distancing guidelines. Please check the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health website regularly to understand and track state and local guidance.

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