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Water Project Grants and Loans

Grants and Loans to Oregon Nonprofits, Tribes,
and Individuals to Enhance Water Resources

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Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD)

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04/26/19 5:00 PM Receipt


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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:

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GrantWatch ID#: 166729

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Indian tribes, persons, and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply:
- “Person” includes individuals, corporations, associations, firms, partnerships, joint stock companies, public and municipal corporations, political subdivisions, the state and any agencies thereof, and the federal government and any agencies thereof [ORS 536.007].
- “Indian Tribe” is a federally recognized Indian tribe in Oregon that has members residing on a reservation or tribal trust lands in Oregon [ORS 391.802].
- “Nonprofit Organization” is an organization that uses surplus revenues to achieve its goals rather than distributing them as profits or dividends [OAR 690-093-0020(9)].

For a list of ineligible costs, see:

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due for the 2019 funding cycle April 26, 2019 at 5:00 pm.

The Department strongly 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 your questions, identify additional information needed or issues with project eligibility, and connect you to other resources either over the phone or through an in-person meeting. Potential applicants will also leave the conference with information on the procedural and substantive requirements of an application as well as the application scoring system.

Please call program staff to request a pre-application conference. Please submit your draft Water Project Grants and Loans Application with the sections listed here in the Preapplication Conference Checklist (in Supporting Documents, below). Include any additional questions or concerns you may wish to discuss. This information will enable the Department to review your proposed project and be prepared to assist you during the conference. Upon receipt of the information the Department will contact you to discuss scheduling a pre-application conference. All materials must be received at least two weeks prior to the pre-application conference to ensure time for adequate review.

Match funds may be composed of in-kind or cash match funds and must be 25% or more of the total project cost for both grant and loan requests.

As you consider your project schedule please be aware that the target Commission decision date is November of each year resulting in grant fund disbursal generally not occurring until late Q1 or early Q2 of the year after application submission.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Send application electronically to:

Mail application to:
Oregon Water Resources Department
Attention: Grant Program Coordinator
725 Summer Street NE, Suite A
Salem, OR 97301

Becky Williams

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USA: Oregon