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  • Cover Crop Program (CCP)
  • Land Owner Assistance Program (LAP)
  • Conservation Learning Education and Resources (CLEAR)
  • Special Projects Grant (SPG) and
  • Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) funds

For more information on the grant programs, contact the District at (503) 391-9927 or send an email to [email protected]

Cover Crop Program (C.C.P.)

The Cover Crop Program is not funded for 2020-21. Please call the office for more information.

  • Required application documents to include: Cover Crop application, soil map (for each field) and current field condition photo(s)
  • Marion SWCD staff will provide technical sheet(s) for project area(s)

 Cover Crop Instruction

Cover Crop Tech Sheet

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 citizens of the District.
  • One signed hard copy of the application must be submitted via mail or dropped off to the Marion SWCD Office. Applications may be signed, scanned and submitted to the District electronically in place of a hard copy.

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.

Landowner Assistant Program (L.A.P) 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 by SWCD staff, and featured in articles in the quarterly newsletter.

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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