In addition to working within Federal conservation programs, the district staff will also work with landowners to write and administer grants for conservation projects.
Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) is a state agency that provides grants to help Oregonians take care of local streams, rivers, wetlands and natural areas. OWEB grants are funded from the Oregon Lottery, federal dollars, and salmon license plate revenue. This is the main grant funder the District uses for local projects that improve watershed function and health.
There are two types of grants that the District typically applies for:
OWEB Small Grants – These are competitive grants that are up to $10,000 in value and require 25% matching contribution either in cash or it can be in kind (labor for example). These grants are evaluated on a quarterly submission cycle. The application is then reviewed by a local team, ranked, and either recommended for funding or not. Once a grant is funded it needs to be completed in a 2 year time frame and requires 2 years of monitoring after the project is completed which consists of photos of the project after completion.
OWEB Restoration Grants – These are very competitive grants that are up to $250,000 in value and also require 25% matching contribution either in cash or in kind. This application process is much more intensive and applications are only accepted twice a year. The application is reviewed by a larger team and requires a team site visit. After the site visit the application is ranked amongst the other applications and recommended for funding or not. Once a grant is funded it needs to be completed in a 2 years time frame and requires 5 years of monitoring after the project is completed.
Please contact District Staff for more information : (503) 472-6403