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Water Project Grants and Loans


Application materials for the 2023 Water Project Grants and Loans funding opportunity are now available.

2023 Water Project Grants and Loans applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on April 26, 2023.

The Oregon Resources Commission awarded $6,642,745 in grants to fund three projects for the 2022 cycle of Water Project Grants and Loans.


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 $18.9 million available for the 2023 funding cycle.

How to Apply

Application materials have been updated for 2023. View and use the documents noted below. The Department encourages prospective applicants to participate in a Pre-Application Conference prior to submitting an application for funding. The purpose of a Pre-Application Conference is to answer questions, identify additional information needed or issues with project eligibility, and connect applicants to other resources. To discuss a project with the Department or to schedule a pre-application conference, please contact the Grant Coordinator.

2023 Application Materials

2023 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

More Information

The Department has been funding Water Project Grants and Loans since 2016. It has awarded $42.9 million in grants.