Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD)
04/26/19 5:00 PM Receipt
Grants and loans to Oregon nonprofits organizations, individuals, and Indian tribes for the development of water resource projects. Eligible project types include, but are not limited to, reuse, conservation, above- and below-ground storage, flow protection and restoration, and water distribution, conveyance, or delivery systems. Funding is intended for projects that help Oregon meet its instream and out-of-stream water supply needs and produce economic, environmental, and social/cultural benefits.
A wide variety of project types are eligible for funding from Water Project Grants and Loans:
- Conservation: A project that eliminates waste or otherwise improves water use efficiency. Efficiencies may be achieved by modifying the technology or method of diverting, transporting, applying or recovering water.
- Reuse: A project that reuses wastewater for specific beneficial purposes such as irrigation of crops and pasturelands, irrigation of urban landscapes, industrial cooling, dust control, street sweeping, and artificial groundwater recharge. Sources of wastewater may include graywater (shower and bath wastewater, bathroom sink water, kitchen sink wastewater and laundry wastewater), recycled water (treated effluent from a municipal wastewater facility) and industrial wastewater (treated effluent from an industrial process, manufacturing or business, or from the development or recovery of a natural resource).
- Above-Ground Storage: An above-ground storage project stores water in a reservoir. The project may expand an existing reservoir or develop a new reservoir.
- Below-Ground Storage: A below-ground storage project stores water in an underground aquifer. Techniques include injection of treated water through a well into an aquifer or passive infiltration of water into a shallow aquifer for later recovery of the water.
- Flow Restoration and Protection: A project that restores instream flow to address needs like instream demands of aquatic species, ecological concerns, geomorphologic processes and water temperature issues. Flow restoration can be achieved by allocating water instream or altering reservoir releases.
- Water Infrastructure: A project that creates new, expanded, improved or altered water distribution, conveyance or delivery systems utilizing newly developed or existing water sources. Pump stations, piping, and metering systems are included as qualifying projects.
- Other: Other water resource development projects not captured in the categories above that meet a water supply need and result in economic, environmental, and social/cultural public benefits, such as the development of a seasonally varying flow, modifying project operations, etc.
Applicants seeking grant funding for an above-ground storage project will be required to annually protect a volume of water equal to at least 25% of the newly developed water for instream use. This water may come from the reservoir or other source when approved by OWRD in consultation with ODFW.
For a list of eligible costs by budgetary category, see:
GrantWatch ID#: 166729
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Send application electronically to: WRD_DL_waterprojects@oregon.gov
Mail application to:
Oregon Water Resources Department
Attention: Grant Program Coordinator
725 Summer Street NE, Suite A
Salem, OR 97301