Regional Conservation Partnership Program

Funding Agency:
US Department of Agriculture

The Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) promotes coordination of NRCS conservation activities with partners that offer value-added contributions to expand our collective ability to address on-farm, watershed, and regional natural resource concerns. Through RCPP, NRCS seeks to co-invest with partners to implement projects that demonstrate innovative solutions to conservation challenges and provide measurable improvements and outcomes tied to the resource concerns they seek to address. 

Using guidance contained in this notice, potential RCPP partners propose projects that generate conservation benefits by addressing specific natural resource objectives in a State/multistate area, or address one or more priority resource concerns within an NRCS-designated critical conservation area (CCA), discussed in section II.A. below. NRCS and partners collaborate to design, promote, and implement RCPP projects on agricultural and non-industrial private forest land. Through RCPP, NRCS may provide both financial and technical assistance funds to project partners and agricultural producers to carry out projects.

This funding announcement combines RCPP funding for FYs 2020 and 2021 and applies only to this competition. The forthcoming publication of the RCPP final rule may include program changes. Up to $360 million is available for RCPP projects through this announcement. Proposals are 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, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands).

Deadline: Nov. 4, 2020

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

Longleaf Pine Range (AL, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, SC, TX, VA) Priority Resource Concerns:

• Inadequate habitat for fish, wildlife, and invertebrates

• Degraded plant condition

• Water quality degradation

Eligibility Requirements

The lead partner for an RCPP project is the entity that submits a project application, and if selected for an award, negotiates and executes an RCPP partnership agreement with NRCS. The lead partner is ultimately responsible for ensuring completion of project deliverables, delivering all partner contributions, and assessing project outcomes. Lead partners may be any of the following (this is the list of eligible partners in the RCPP statute): • An agricultural or silvicultural producer association or other group of producers. • A State or unit of local government. • An Indian Tribe.• A farmer cooperative. • A water district, irrigation district, acequia, rural water district or association, or other organization with specific water delivery authority to agricultural producers. • A municipal water or wastewater treatment entity. • An institution of higher education. • An organization or entity with an established history of working cooperatively with producers on agricultural land, as determined by NRCS, to address— o Local conservation priorities related to agricultural production, wildlife habitat development, or nonindustrial private forest land management; or o Critical watershed-scale soil erosion, water quality, sediment reduction, or other natural resource issues. • An entity, such as an Indian Tribe, State government, local government, or a nongovernmental organization that has a farmland or grassland protection program that purchases agricultural land easements, as defined in 7 CFR Section 1468.3. • A conservation district

Amount

$10,000,000

Amount Description

The maximum RCPP funding available for any project (combined financial and technical assistance) selected under this announcement is $10 million. The minimum funding amount for an RCPP project is $250,000. 

Funding Type

Grant

Eligibility

Faculty

Category

Community Outreach and Engagement
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

November 4, 2020