OWEB Restoration Grants

Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB)


Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Next anticipated deadline: May 7, 2019 5:00pm PDT

Later anticipated deadlines: Oct 29, 2019 5:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity College / University Nonprofit

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Oregon

Location of residency: Oregon

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Overview:

Background

Restoration Priorities include projects that address or involve:

  • altered watershed functions affecting water quality, water flow, and the production capacity for fish.
  • removal or remediation of structures such as roads, culverts, and channels to improve water quality and/or fish habitat.
  • land management practices to address the causes of chronic disturbances to the watershed.
  • direct evidence of collaboration between stakeholders and agencies over single-party projects.
  • upslope and upstream treatments.

Eligible Restoration Projects by Habitat and Activity

This is not an exhaustive list. Please see OWEB's Online Application Guidance for further details. 

Instream Habitat

  • Bank stabilization
  • Fish passage improvement​
  • Fish screening
  • Flow
  • Habitat restoration

Riparian Habitat

  • Road closures/decommissioning
  • Road drainage improvement
  • Vegetation establishment or management
  • Exclusion for habitat protection
  • Livestock management

Upland Habitat

  • Road closures/decommissioning
  • Road drainage improvement
  • Vegetation establishment or management
  • Livestock management

Wetland or Estuarine Habitat

  • Road closures/decommissioning
  • Road drainage improvement
  • Vegetation establishment or management
  • Exclusion for habitat protection
  • Channel modification, including creation
  • Structure removal, modification, or installation
  • Nonstructural removal and placement protection

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 or OWEB’s Restoration  [detailed on this page] 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:

  • A regular grant applicant may be any person, tribe, watershed council, soil and water conservation district, not-for-profit institution, school, community college, state institution of higher education, independent not-for-profit institution of higher education, or political subdivision of this state that is not a state agency.
    • A state agency or federal agency may apply for funding under this section only as a co-applicant with one of the other eligible entities.
    • Any of these applicants or co-applicants may also serve as a fiscal agent for grants.

Preferences:

  • For grant applications to be funded by the Watershed Conservation Grant Fund, the following preferences will apply:
    •  Projects that address altered watershed functions affecting water quality, water flow volume and duration, and the production capacity for fish over projects that address site-specific land use problems where the greatest benefit is to a private resource or land.
    • Projects that include removal or remediation of human-caused alterations (roads, culverts, channelization, etc.) to improve water quality and/or fish habitat over projects that enhance naturally functioning systems.
    • Projects that change land management practices to address the causes of chronic disturbances to the watershed over projects that address only symptoms of disturbance.
    • Projects with direct evidence of collaboration between stakeholders and agencies over single-party projects.
    • Projects focusing on upslope and upstream treatments over projects focusing on downslope and downstream treatments, unless the project addresses tidal-driven systems or addresses other specific issues (e.g. historic losses) that encompass whole watershed conditions.

Ineligibility:

  • Ineligible Projects
    • A watershed improvement project consisting solely of water storage structure construction for an out-of-stream use not related to watershed restoration or protection.
    • A fish screening project eligible for funding through the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's fish screening program.
    • A watershed improvement project constructed solely to comply with a state or federal agency enforcement order, legal judgment, or mitigation requirement.
    • Routine project maintenance costs.
    • A water conservation project in which there is no measurable instream flow benefit, groundwater benefit, or water quality improvement.