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Funding Opportunities

*New Grant Opportunity* Water Well Abandonment, Repair, and Replacement Fund

We are pleased to announce the Water Well Abandonment, Repair, and Replacement Fund is now accepting applications. This Fund will provide financial assistance to permanently abandon, repair or replace a water well used for household purposes.

The Department is accepting applications from low-to-moderate income households with domestic wells that are impacted by drought or wildfire.  These impacted households are prioritized in order to meet urgent public health needs and based on the direction from the Oregon Legislature during the December 2021 special session. The Department anticipates a broader set of wells will be eligible for funding in future biennia. 

Applications will be accepted year-round, depending on availability of funds.

Please see our website for the most current information

Overview

The Department seeks to build partnerships and incentivize Oregonians to pursue integrated and innovative solutions for complex water challenges and an uncertain water future. This work is accomplished through strategic investments, adaptive planning, cooperative partnerships, accessible information, and effective coordination. We have a number of funding opportunities that allow us to strategically invest in order to achieve a secure and sustainable water future, addressing instream and out-of-stream needs, for all Oregonians and Oregon's environment, economy, communities, and cultures. Learn more about our funding opportunities below. 

Public Comment Opportunity

There are no open public comment opportunities at this time. 


Announcements

Feasibility Study Grants

The Oregon Water Resources Department invites applications for studies to evaluate the feasibility of developing water conservation, reuse, and storage projects through the Feasibility Study Grant funding opportunity. The Department currently has approximately $900,000 available for the 2022-2023 funding cycle.

Application materials for 2022-2023 are now available.

2022-2023 Feasibility Study Grant applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on November 2, 2022. Send applications electronically to: WRD_DL_feasibilitystudygrants@water.oregon.gov 


Planning Grants

The Department is a funding partner in four places that are taking a collaborative, integrated approach to water planning. There is no funding currently available to support new water planning efforts. The Department is a funding partner in four places that are taking a collaborative, integrated approach to water planning. There is no funding currently available to support new water planning efforts.

Learn more about Planning Grants

Feasibility Study Grants

Feasibility Study Grants reimburse up to 50 percent of the 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 proposed project idea is actually feasible and worth pursuing. Grants are offered on an annual basis, with applications due each fall.

Learn more about Feasibility Study Grants

Water Project Grants & Loans

Water Project Grants and Loans provides funding for projects that will help Oregon meet its instream and out-of-stream water supply needs and produce economic, environmental, and social/cultural benefits. This competitive funding opportunity is meant for implementation-ready projects. Grants and loans are offered on an annual basis, with the applications due each spring. 

Learn more about applying for Water Project Grants and Loans.






For more information contact:
Kim Fritz-Ogren 503-509-7980

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