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Feasibility Study Grants


The Oregon Water Resources Department invites written public comment on applications received for Feasibility Study Grants. The Department received four applications requsting a total of $641,753 in grant funding. A multi-agency team reviewed each application and made funding recommendations. After reviewing public comments, the Department will make funding reccommendations for consideration and approval by the Water Resources Commission. The tentative date for the Commission to make its funding decision is at the June 15-16, 2023 meeting.

Written comments on the applications and funding recommendations will be accepted until April 14, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. Submit all written comments to Feasibility Study Grants at or to the Grant Coordinator at 725 Summer Street NE, Suite A, Salem, Oregon 97301.


Feasibility Study Grants fund qualifying costs of studies to evaluate the feasibility of developing water conservation, reuse, and storage projects. This competitive funding opportunity helps individuals and communities investigate whether a project is worth pursuing. Grants are offered on an annual basis, with applications due each fall. Grants require a 50% cost match of the total cost of the feasibility study, up to $500,000. Any local government, Indian tribe, or person may apply for funding.

Available Funding

The Department currently has approximately $900,000 in funding for eligible Feasibility Study Grants.

Timeline and Review Process

How to Apply

The application deadline was November 2, 2022 for the 2022-2023 Feasibility Study Grant cycle. Applications for the 2023-2024 funding cycle will be due in fall 2023. Review the application materials and guidance provided on the Form, Application, and Guidance Page. The Department encourages prospective applicants to participate in a Pre-Application Conference prior to submitting an application for funding. To discuss a study with the Department or to schedule pre-application conferences please contact the Grant Coordinator.  

More Information

The Department has been funding Feasibility Study Grants since 2009. It has awarded more than $8.5 million in grants.

For more information contact:
Adair Muth 971-301-0718

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