Douglas County PIER Disaster Recovery Grant Program

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The Douglas County Board of Commissioners Tom Kress, Chris Boice, and Tim Freeman, in conjunction with the Douglas County PIER Selection Committee, have launched Phase One of the Douglas County PIER Disaster Recovery Grant Program. This grant opportunity is associated with community disaster recovery via the Planning, Infrastructure, and Economic Revitalization Program (PIER) grant program. 

Douglas County PIER Committee’s tentative schedule (updated January 10, 2024): 

  • December 7, 2023: LIO's Due
  • January 12, 2024: Responses to LIO submissions
  • January 19, 2024: Send out PIER Application Instructions
  • February 19, 2024: Drop-In Q & A Session
  • March 1, 2024: Final Applications Due
  • March 18, 2024 - April 1, 2024 Responses to applications and  schedule selected applicants for a public presentation.
  • Early April 2024: Final Reviews with OHCS and announcement of selected project(s) and expected award(s).

Phase One of the program consisted of the submission of letters of interest (LOI) from eligible applicants. The LOI served as an initial preliminary step in the grant application process and helped to identify projects that aligned with PIER funding priorities. Submission of LOI's closed on Thursday, December 7, 2023.  It also included review of LIO's, selection of eligible LIO's, and response to LIO's.  

Phase Two of the program consists submission of final grant applications. Eligible candidates must submit final grant application no later than Friday, March 1, 2024

Phase Three of the program consists of review of grant applications, response to grant applications, selection of grant applicants, final review by OHCS and public presentations by grant selectees.  We anticipate announcing grant awards in early April 2024.

The PIER grant program is part of ReOregon, a program offered by the Disaster Recovery and Resilience Division of the Oregon Housing and Community Services Department. ReOregon is funded by a US Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-DR). The CDBG-DR program supports community development activities to help build stronger and more resilient communities. As a part of the disaster recovery process, ReOregon awarded PIER opportunity grants to the eight most impacted counties in Oregon to address the unmet infrastructure, planning, and economic revitalization recovery needs following the 2020 Labor Day fires.

The grant allocation for Douglas County is $2,399,446, and each county is responsible for establishing a local application process and allocation program. Douglas County put together a local grant selection committee (Douglas County PIER Selection Committee) consisting of representatives from the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County Emergency Management Department, Glide Revitalization, Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians, and CCD Business Development Corporation.

Applicants must adhere to specific criteria and eligibility requirements to be considered for funding. While the basis for the grant funding centers around the 2020 Labor Day Fires, LOIs and projects do not have to be directly tied to the 2020 wildfire impact but must focus either on recovery or mitigation from disasters that are high-risk to Douglas County. Recovery examples include economic revitalization, infrastructure services, and planning projects or programs relating to recovery needs within Douglas County. Mitigation examples are forward-looking projects or programs that would reduce the expected loss of life or property from natural hazards or increase community resilience to future disasters. Projects must be significant in size, impact, and scope. 

Per PIER guidelines, projects must be no less than $500,000 and are equally accessible to all applicants who meet the criteria. Applicants and projects must be located in Douglas County to be eligible. Groups and Programs that are eligible to apply include Tribal, State, County, and Municipal Governments, Agencies, Districts, and Authorities; Schools (K-12); Public Housing Authorities; and Other Public, Quasi-Public or Nonprofit Entities.

Questions about the grant program can be directed to dcinfo@douglascountyor.gov or Emily Ring, Douglas County Emergency Manager at (541) 440-6025 or emily.ring@douglascountyor.gov