Environmental Conservation

State – Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board Grants

Local Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) are key in helping you apply for OWEB grants. However, some individual SWCDs have extra grant funding available for landowners in their districts as well. Below are some highlighted grant and assistance programs that some SWCDs offer: The West Multnomah County SWCD offers 

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Federal – USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) and Energy Efficiency Improvement Loans and Grants

Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) and Energy Efficiency Improvement Loans and Grants — For assistance in the purchase and installation of on-farm and rural renewable energy generating systems or energy efficiency improvements. The program provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems or to…

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Conservation Reserve Program – Rental payments for managing environmentally sensitive land.

The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is a USDA Farm Service Agency program which provides rental payments to farmers to manage environmentally sensitive land for conservation benefits. Sign-ups occur annually.

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State – Energy Trust of Oregon

The Energy Trust of Oregon offers technical assistance and funding to offset the costs of energy-efficiency upgrades to buildings and equipment on farms, renewable energy projects, irrigation efficiency investments, and greenhouse upgrades.

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Federal – Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)

  General CRP, Continuous CRP (which includes State Acres For Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE), Farmable Wetlands Program)

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Oregon State University Small Farms Program

The Oregon State University Small Farms Program is a great resource for beginning and smaller farmers, offering classes, workshops, trainings and online tools.

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