$252 Million Available for Regional Conservation Partnership Program

In a January press release, the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announces $252 million dollars available to locally driven, public-private partnerships that improve the nation’s water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat, and protect agricultural viability.

The NRCS invites potential conservation partners, including private industry, non-government organizations, Indian tribes, state and local governments, water districts, and universities to submit project applications for federal funding through RCPP.

RCPP was created by the 2014 Farm Bill and aims to connect partners with producers and private landowners to design and implement voluntary conservation solutions that benefit natural resources, agriculture, and the economy.

The grant opportunity can be found at the following link: http://www.grants.gov/view-opportunity.html?oppId=291192.


Funding Information

2018 Regional Conservation Partnership Program 
Eligible Applicants: 
  • An agricultural or silvicultural producer association; a farmer cooperative;
  • Local, state, and tribal government entities;
  • Public and private colleges and universities;
  • Water and irrigation districts.
Funding Available:
  • $252,600,000.00 for funding program. Maximum of $10,000,000 for any project.
Cost Share:
  • Cost share must match or exceed the federal award with private or local funds.
Loans or Grants:
  • Grants
Important Application Dates:
  • Pre-proposal applications due – April 21, 2017
  • Announcement of selected pre-proposals – Week of June 26, 2017
  • Full proposal applications due – August 31, 2017
  • Announcement of selected full proposals – November 2017