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Water Project Grants and Loans

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

Updates and Announcements

The Oregon Water Resources Department invites written public comment on applications received for the 2020 cycle of Water Project Grants and Loans. The 2020 application deadline was May 28, 2020. The Department received fourteen complete grant applications requesting a total of $18,828,217 in funding.

The Technical Review Team (TRT) will consider public comments submitted in their evaluation of applications. The TRT will evaluate applications and make a funding recommendation to the Commission. The Department will post the TRT funding recommendation for an additional public comment period. The tentative date for the Commission to make its funding decision is November 2020.

Written comments on the applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m., August 17, 2020.

Please submit comments to:

WRD_DL_waterprojects@oregon.govOr Grant Program Coordinator
725 Summer Street NE, Suite A
Salem, Oregon 97301


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

The Department currently has approximately $22.7 million available for 2020 and 2021 funding cycles.

How to Apply

Application materials and Scoring Criteria Guidance have been updated for 2020. 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.

2020 Application Materials2020 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 

For more information contact:
Becky Williams 503-986-0869

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