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Willamette River Initiative: Willamette Mainstem Anchor Habitat Investments Grant

Meyer Memorial Trust

Grant amount: Up to US $1,250,000

Deadline: The deadline for this grant has passed

Applicant type: Government Entity College / University Nonprofit

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Oregon: Benton County, Clackamas County, Columbia County, Lane County, Linn County Expand all

Location of residency: Oregon


Mainstem Strategy

The mainstem Willamette River spans 187 miles from Eugene to Portland and is the 19th largest river by volume in the United States. Restoring a river of this size requires strong partnerships and a shared vision.

Through our Mainstem strategy, we support projects to restore the Willamette River's natural floodplain processes. Historically, the Willamette changed greatly throughout the seasons, with winter and spring flood waters moving stream gravel, carving new river channels and creating complex, vibrant habitats for native fish and wildlife. All along the river, these dynamic processes have been greatly altered and diminished through human activity. But there is great potential to revive habitats on the mainstem while still maintaining flood protection for our communities.

In partnership with the Oregon Watershed Enhancment Board (OWEB and Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), we fund organizations working to restore channel complexity, floodplain connectivity, and riparian vegetation along the mainstem Willamette and the lower reaches of its larger tributaries

Willamette Mainstem Anchor Habitat Investments 

On behalf of funding partners Bonneville Power Administration and Meyer Memorial Trust’s Willamette River Initiative (WRI), OWEB is pleased to announce the 2018 grant cycle for Willamette Mainstem Anchor Habitat Investments. Approximately $1.2 million is available for eligible, recommended projects. Funders will consider technical assistance, restoration, and monitoring projects. There is no cap on funding requests for any of these project types.

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


  • Applicant Eligibility: 
    • Organizations associated with the Upper and Mid-Willamette Anchor Habitats Focused Investment Program (WFIP), and
    • Organizations whose project is outside the WFIP project geography but in an anchor habitat (see attached maps). 
  • Project Eligibility: To be eligible for Willamette Mainstem Anchor Habitat consideration, projects must:
    • Occur in an Anchor Habitat, AND
    • Address one or more of the program’s three outcomes:
      • Increased channel complexity and length,
      • Improved connectivity between the river and its floodplain, and/or
      • Expanded geographic extent and improved health of floodplain forests


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