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Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board Small Grant

Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board


The Small Grant Program is an easy-to-engage-in, competitive grant program that awards up to $15,000 for on-the-ground restoration projects principally carried out on private lands across Oregon. This program responds to a need for local decision-making about watershed restoration opportunities on a shorter timeframe than is available under OWEB’s regular grant program.

The Small Grant Program enables landowners across the state to contribute to the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds and the Oregon Conservation Strategy by committing “small acts of kindness” on their properties for the benefit of water quality, water quantity, and fish and wildlife. From planting native plants along stream sides to reducing sedimentation and erosion from upland farms and ranches, citizens everywhere can make a difference.


  • The project host must be a landowner, not-for-profit institution, school, community college, state institution of higher education, independent not-for-profit institution of higher education, or local, state, or federal agency.

  • The project applicant must be Watershed Council (council), Soil & Water Conservation District (district), or Tribe. The applicant applies for a small grant on behalf of any of the entities listed above as the project host.

  • The project applicant works with the project host. The payee is the individual who administers the grant, signing the grant agreement, keeping records, submitting payment requests and documentation, etc.

Eligible Projects include:

  • Fish Passage

  • Urban Impact Reduction

  • Riparian Process and Function

  • Wetland Process and Function

  • Instream Process and Function

  • Private Road Impact Reduction

  • Upland Process and Function

  • Water Quantity/Irrigation Efficiency


Project requirements include:

  • On-the-ground restoration project in Oregon

  • Clearly demonstrates watershed benefit to aquatic species, wildlife, or watershed health

  • Uses and clearly identifies (by practice code or page number and paragraph) in the small grant application technical guidance from at least one of the six approved sources

  • Consistent with the Small Grant Team’s priority watershed concerns and current list of eligible project types

  • Demonstrates 25% secured match funding, based on the total OWEB award

  • Distinct and different from projects already funded (or being considered for funding) by OWEB

  • Adheres to Small Grant Administrative Rules


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Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB)

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Updated September 2, 2022

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