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Grants and Loans to Oregon Nonprofits, Agencies,
Individuals, and Tribes to Improve the Local Water Supply

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Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD)

Deadline Date:

04/28/21 5:00 PM


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Grants and loans to Oregon nonprofit organizations, government agencies, individuals, and Indian tribes for projects to improve the local water supply. Funding is intended to meet the water needs in the State. Eligible projects may focus on a wide range of areas, such as storage, restoration, conservation, and infrastructure.

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.

To be eligible for funding a project must address an instream and/or out-of-stream water supply need and result in project implementation. 

For details about allowable costs, see

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GrantWatch ID#: 166729

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any local government, Indian tribe, or person may apply for funding.

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-proposal Conference:

The Department strongly encourages prospective applicants to participate in a Pre-Application Conference prior to submitting an application for funding. Upon receipt of the information the Department will contact the applicant 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.

Call or email staff to request a a pre-application conference.

Pre-Application Information:

2021 Water Projects Grants and Loans applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on April 28, 2021.

Grants require a 25% cost match.

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.

Pursuant to ORS 541.659 if an applicant is required to have a water management and conservation plan, the plan must be submitted to the Water Resources Department and receive approval prior to department acceptance of an application for a loan or grant from the account.

2021 Application Materials and Guidance Documents:

Contact Information:

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

Submit applications and direct questions to the Grant Program Coordinator:

You may also mail application to:
Attention: Grant Program Coordinator
725 Summer Street NE, Suite A
Salem, OR 97301

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