Contact the Marion SWCD if you are interested in applying for a grant.


Grant Categories


Conservation Learning Education and Resource (C.L.E.A.R.) Grant Program

The project or event must advance the mission of the Marion SWCD “to protect, conserve and improve the quality of soil, air and water in Marion County” and must address one or more of the following: Water Quality & Conservation, Soil Quality & Conservation, and/or Sustainable Land Use.

  • Project must be located within the Marion SWCD District boundary and directly benefit residents of the District.
  • Project/event/educational work should address one or more of these topics: Water Quality & Conservation, Soil Quality (Health) & Conservation, &/or Sustainable Land Use.
  • The maximum dollar limit for requests is $2,000 per application.
  • A maximum of one grant will be awarded per applicant per month. Applicants are welcome to submit applications for more than one project or event per fiscal year. Fiscal Year is July 1 – June 30.
  • There is a maximum of $7,500 per applicant per fiscal year and a maximum of $22,500 per entity per every 5 consecutive rolling fiscal years.
  • Applications are to be received on or before the first to be considered that month.
  • Applicants will be notified within 60 days of submitting their requests.
  • For more information and to apply, click the button below.

Salmon Watch Funding for Subs and Buses

Marion SWCD coordinates Salmon Watch field trips for schools in Marion County. We want to help your school attend this hands-on educational experience!

Teachers who have signed up for a fall Salmon Watch field trip with Marion Soil and Water Conservation District may apply for funding to cover the cost of substitute teachers and transportation needed to attend the trip. If your class is signed up for Salmon Watch, contact Heath to apply for reimbursement of sub and bus costs.


Cover Crop Assistance (CCA) Grant

The goal of this program is to reduce soil erosion and promote soil health throughout the district.

  • Marion SWCD’s Cover Crop Assistance Grant is intended to assist landowners/operators with the costs of installing cover crops on their land.
  • Initial priority will be given to small landowner applicants. August 1st through September 15th applications from small farms will be the priority. From September 15th through October 31st we will be accepting applications from farms of all sizes, focusing on the areas surrounding Howell Prairie Creek and the Pudding River watershed. 
  • This program provides funding to help offset seed, labor, and equipment costs associated with the planting of cover crops. 
  • Funding will be awarded on a per acre basis with a limit of $7,500 per entity, per fiscal year under current district financial policies. 

Landowner Assistance Program (LAP) Grant

Projects should include conservation practices or best management practices (BMPs) that solve a specific natural resource issue (such as erosion, weed control, overgrazing, etc.).

  • Marion SWCD will pay up to 50% of the project cost, to a maximum of $7,500. Marion SWCD reimburses applicants for actual costs once the project is completed to the appropriate specifications. In addition, there is a $22,500 maximum payout per entity in any five consecutive fiscal year period. All LAP funds may be considered income and that the applicant will receive a 1099 tax form
  • Landowners are required to provide a minimum of 50% of the project funds, which can be provided as labor costs, materials, cash, or financial assistance from other sources.
  • Preference will be given to applications that meet district focus and priorities. For more information contact a district technician.
  • Funded projects may serve as demonstration projects for other landowners. Some project sites are used for tours showcasing conservation practices, featured in presentations and articles for outreach purposes.

Soil Health LAP

The Soil Health Program is now run through the Landowner Assistance Program Application.

  • Marion SWCD will pay up to 50% of the project cost, to a maximum of $7,500. Marion SWCD reimburses applicants for actual costs once the project is completed to the appropriate specifications. All LAP funds may be considered income and the applicant will receive a 1099 tax form.
  • Landowners are required to provide a minimum of 50% of the project funds, which can be provided as labor costs, materials, cash, or financial assistance from other sources.
  • Funded projects may serve as demonstration projects for other landowners. Some project sites are used for showcasing conservation practices, featured in presentations and articles for outreach purposes.

Special Project Grants (S.P.G.)

The Special Projects Grant (SPG) supports projects that provide examples of practices that, if widely adopted, could solve a local area resource concern through either new and innovative technologies or proven but under-represented technologies.

  • Projects should include conservation practices or best management practices (BMPs) that solve a specific natural resource issue (such as erosion, weed control, overgrazing, etc.).
  • Marion SWCD will pay up to 50% of the project cost, to a maximum of $7,500. Marion SWCD reimburses applicants for actual costs once the project is completed to the appropriate specifications. In addition, there is a $22,500 maximum payout per entity in any five consecutive fiscal year period. All SPG funds may be considered income and that the applicant will receive a 1099 tax form.
  • Landowners are required to provide a minimum of 50% of the project funds, which can be provided as labor costs, materials, cash, or financial assistance from other sources. This can be provided as labor costs, materials, cash, or financial assistance from other sources.
  • Preference will be given to applications that meet district focus and priorities. For more information contact a district technician.
  • Funded projects may serve as demonstration projects for other landowners. Some project sites are used for tours showcasing conservation practices, featured in presentations by SWCD staff, and featured in articles in the quarterly newsletter.
  • Applicant must be the landowner or land operator of the property in which the project is to be constructed. Or, Contractors or businesses with valid Oregon Licenses may partner with the landowner or land operator of the property in which the project is to be constructed providing the landowner or operator is the primary applicant.
  • The total project cost must not exceed $50,000, due to regulations regarding state labor and wage laws set by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries.

Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (O.W.E.B.) Program Details

The OWEB Small Grant Program is a competitive grant program that awards funds of up to $15,000 for on-the-ground restoration projects.

  • A Small Grant applicant must be a tribe, watershed council, or soil and water conservation district.
  • These entities act on behalf of private landowners, not-for-profit institutions, schools, community colleges, state institutions of higher education, independent not-for-profit institutions of higher education, and local, state, or federal agencies.
  • The project must be an on-the-ground restoration project in Oregon. Monitoring, education, and outreach projects are not eligible. The project must demonstrate benefits to aquatic species, wildlife, or watershed health.
  • Evidence of at least 25 percent secured match funding, based on the total OWEB award, must be shown prior to disbursement of grant funds

For more information, please call 503-391-9927 or email [email protected].

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