Regional Conservation Partnership Program

The summary for the Regional Conservation Partnership Program grant is detailed below. This summary states who is eligible for the grant, how much grant money will be awarded, current and past deadlines, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) numbers, and a sampling of similar government grants. Verify the accuracy of the data provides by visiting the webpage noted in the Link to Full Announcement section or by contacting the appropriate person listed as the Grant Announcement Contact. If any section is incomplete, please visit the website for the Natural Resources Conservation Service, which is the U.S. government agency offering this grant.
Regional Conservation Partnership Program: EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: NRCS is the Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) conservation agency working with farmers, ranchers, and private forest landowners nationwide to identify and address natural resource objectives and implement conservation practices and activities to deliver environmental benefits locally, regionally, and nationally. Through the new Farm Bill, NRCS has been given the authority to enhance regional cooperation to more effectively implement and maintain conservation activities, thereby promoting the restoration and sustainable use of soil, water, wildlife, and related natural resources on regional or watershed scales. Through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), NRCS will co-invest in mobilizing creative and workable solutions to agricultural production and resource management challenges. These solutions will benefit not only individual farming, ranching, and forest operations, but also local economies and the communities and resource users in a watershed or other geographic area that depend on the quality of the natural resources. Through RCPP, NRCS will increase the opportunity for partners to bring innovative ideas and resources to accelerate conservation on private lands. RCPP partners will have the opportunity to join in this mission by developing project applications, as described in this notice, to address specific natural resource objectives in a proposed area or region. Partners will commit to activities to promote, implement, and evaluate the outcomes of conservation.   RCPP combines the authorities of four former conservation programs – the Agricultural Water Enhancement Program, Chesapeake Bay Watershed Program, Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI), and Great Lakes Basin Program. Assistance is delivered in accordance with the rules of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), and Healthy Forests Reserve Program (HFRP), and in certain areas, the Watershed Operations and Flood Prevention Program. The purpose of this notice is to announce the availability of nearly $400 million in CCC funding for RCPP and to solicit applications from potential partners who seek to enter into partnership agreements with NRCS under RCPP. Partners will work with producers and landowners to promote the restoration and sustainable use of natural resources on regional or watershed scales. Applications will be accepted from all 50 States, the Caribbean Area (Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands), and U.S. territories in the Pacific Island Areas (Guam, American Samoa, Republic of Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Marshall Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands). CFDA number 10.930
Federal Grant Title: Regional Conservation Partnership Program
Federal Agency Name: Natural Resources Conservation Service
Grant Categories: Agriculture Environment Natural Resources
Type of Opportunity: Mandatory
Funding Opportunity Number: USDA-NRCS-NHQ-RCPP-14-01
Type of Funding: Other
CFDA Numbers: Information not provided
CFDA Descriptions: Information not provided
Current Application Deadline: Jul 14, 2014 Closed date is for submission of Pre
Original Application Deadline: Jul 14, 2014 Closed date is for submission of Pre
Posted Date: May 27, 2014
Creation Date: May 27, 2014
Archive Date: Aug 13, 2014
Total Program Funding: $400,000,000
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $20,000,000
Minimum Federal Grant Award: $0
Expected Number of Awards: 150
Cost Sharing or Matching: Yes
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
City or township governments
Private institutions of higher education
State governments
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Special district governments
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)
County governments
Additional Information on Eligibility
OTHER: See Section III.A. Partner Eligibility for additional eligible applicants not listed above.
Link to Full Grant Announcement
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