The Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) promotes coordination between NRCS and its partners to deliver conservation assistance to producers and landowners. NRCS provides assistance to producers through partnership agreements and through program contracts or easement agreements. RCPP draws on local knowledge and networks to fuel conservation projects. Bringing together a wide variety of new partners including businesses, universities, non-profits and local and Tribal governments makes it possible to deliver innovative, landscape- and watershed-scale projects that improve water quality and quantity, wildlife habitat, soil health and other natural resource concerns on working farms, ranches and forests. To view description of projects funded in the last round of awards, CLICK HERE.
Producers may apply for RCPP assistance in two ways: (1) At the producer's request, a partner may submit the application for participation in a selected project area; (2) Directly at their local USDA Service Center in a selected project area Partnership Agreements.
Application Deadline: May 10, 2016 (Closing date is for submission of "Pre-applications" only. Selected applications will be notified to submit "Full" applications)
Estimated Total Program Funding: $263,100,000
Award Ceiling: $10,000,000
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: Yes
Eligible Applicants: Private institutions of higher education; Public and State controlled institutions of higher education; Federally recognized Native American tribal governments (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)
CLICK HERE for more information and to download the application.
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