OWEB Land Acquisition Grant Program

Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB)


Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Anticipated deadline: Oct 18, 2019 5:00pm PDT (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity College / University Nonprofit

Funding uses: Capital Project, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Oregon

Location of residency: Oregon

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Overview:

Note: Land acquisition grant applicants are required to consult with OWEB staff before submitting an application.

Land Acquisition Grant Program

The Oregon Constitution specifies that OWEB may fund projects involving the purchase of interests in land from willing sellers for the purpose of maintaining or restoring watersheds and habitat for native fish or wildlife.

Entities able to hold OWEB-funded interests in land, as long as the entity continues to use the land for the purposes specified in the constitution:

  • Local, state, and federal agencies
  • Tribes
  • Not-for-profit land conservation organizations and trusts
  • State institutions of higher education
  • Independent not-for-profit institutions of higher education or political subdivisions of the state

The land acquisition program was redesigned in 2013 to increase the efficiency and flexibility of the program. The review process enables OWEB to make the best use of limited grant funds with a transparent scoring process. The program revisions provide for grant agreements to be executed earlier in the granting process, giving applicants more certainty when negotiating with landowners.

Acquisition Priorities

Introduction & Framework

OWEB Ecological Priorities for Land Acquisition by Basin 

Additional Offering: National Coastal Wetland Conservation Grant

NCWCGs are awarded annually with funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to acquire, restore, and enhance wetlands in coastal states.

Grant Information

NCWCG Program funds are available to protect and restore coastal wetland habitats. Awards typically range from $125,000 to a maximum of $1,000,000, and require a 25% non-federal match contribution. Eligible projects must ensure long-term conservation of coastal resources and can include a combination of acquisition, restoration, and management of coastal wetland ecosystems.

NCWCG projects are collaborative grants for which state agencies are eligible to apply. OWEB serves as the official grantee of the federal award and passes the federal funds through to local partners (“applicants”) through sub-awards.

How to Apply

Applicants pursuing NCWCG funding must submit an application through OWEB’s Land Acquisition Program [detailed on this page] or OWEB’s Restoration Open Solicitation offerings. Applicants should upload a letter of interest to their OWEB application as a “letter” or “letter of support” to indicate intent to apply for NCWCG funds. 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • Eligible Organizations
    • OWEB-funded interests in land may be held by local, state and federal agencies, tribes, not-for-profit land conservation organizations and trusts, state institutions of higher education, independent not-for-profit institutions of higher education or political subdivisions of the state, as long as the entity continues to use the land for the purposes specified in the Oregon Constitution.
    • In the case of conservation easement projects, the grant applicant is OWEB’s direct partner and is responsible for working with the private landowner to develop and implement the project. 
  • Eligible Properties:
    • OWEB land acquisition grants are generally intended for future acquisitions of property rights. 
    • However, in October 2017, applications will be accepted for acquisitions which occurred after April 18, 2016. 
  • Match: All applicants shall demonstrate that at least 25 percent of the actual land acquisition project cost is being sought as match
  • Eligible costs: Under OAR 695-045-0165, land acquisition grant funds may be applied to: 
    • The purchase price and the purchase option fees associated with the property or conservation easement; 
    • The interest on loans;
    • The staff costs incurred as part of the acquisition process related to the property;
    • The cost of due diligence activities, including appraisal, environmental site assessment, survey, title review and other customary due diligence activities; 
    • The cost of baseline inventory preparation;
    • The cost of preparation of the initial management plan, including consideration of any restoration needs; 
    • The legal fees incurred; and
    • The closing fees, including recording and title insurance costs. 

Ineligibility:

  • OWEB does not make acquisition grants directly to state or federal agencies or private landowners.