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Water Project Grants and Loans

Updates

Application materials for the 2022 Water Projects Grants and Loans funding opportunity are now available.

2022 Water Projects Grants and Loans applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on April 27, 2022.

2021 Awards

The Oregon Water Resources Commission awarded $7,549,376 in grants to six projects for the 2021 cycle of Water Project Grants and Loans. The funding awards are made based on the public benefits the project would achieve as described in the project application. Based on currently available funds, two projects were immediately awarded funding. An additional four projects were provisionally awarded funding, with funding anticipated to be available in May 2022. 

Learn more about applications and awards on the Funding Cycle History page

Eligibility

Eligible projects include: conservation, reuse, above-ground storage, below-ground storage, streamflow protection or restoration, water distribution, conveyance or delivery systems, and other water resource development projects that result in economic, environmental, and social/cultural public benefits. Grants require a 25% cost match. Any local government, Indian tribe, or person may apply for funding.

Available Funding

Funding for Water Project Grants and Loans is provided through the sale of lottery revenue bonds. The Department anticipates having $9.3 million available for the 2022 funding cycle. An additional $15 million in lottery revenue bonds, scheduled to be sold in March 2023, will provide funding for future cycles. 

How to Apply

Application materials have been updated for 2022. View and use the important documents noted below. The Department strongly encourages prospective applicants to participate in a Pre-Application Conference prior to submitting an application for funding. To discuss a project with the Department or to schedule pre-application conferences please contact the Grant Program Coordinator

2022 Application Materials2022 Guidance Documents
Guidance documents include:
  • Scoring Criteria
  • Example Grant Agreement
  • Budget Procedures and Allowable Costs

Timeline and Review Process

Timeline of the Grants and Loans process