The Willamette River Initiative is currently accepting applications for three separate funding opportunities: Our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Grants program, our Willamette Mainstem Anchor Habitat 2017 Grant Cycle, and our Basin Wide Impact Grants program. If you have a project that fits our criteria, we hope you’ll apply!
WRI funds large-scale floodplain restoration projects along the mainstem Willamette River in partnership with the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) and the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA). OWEB administers this grant program on behalf of the three-funder partnership, and interested applicants should submit a project overview through OWEB by April 21.
Many challenges facing the Willamette River system are far-reaching and systemic. Pollution from urban and rural runoff, high stream temperatures, aquatic invasive species, and gaps in our knowledge about the river are a few examples. Basin Wide Impact grants support projects that address needs on a broad scale and cannot be tied to a specific geographical location. In the past, we have accepted applications for Basin Wide Impact grants on a rolling basis throughout the year, but this year we’ve made some changes. We’re accepting applications through June 15, and anticipate making funding decisions by September.
Visit our Funding page to learn more about each opportunity, including what types of projects we fund, what we don’t fund, what it takes to qualify and how to apply.