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Final Week to Submit Pre-Proposals for the Regional Conservation Partnership Program

July 8, 2014

Monday, July 14 is the last day to submit pre-proposals to the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).  Through RCPP, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) partners with producer associations or cooperatives, units of state or local governments, Indian tribes, water or irrigation districts or utilities, institutions of higher education, or other organizations that have a history of working with producers, to deliver federal farm bill conservation assistance to farmers to address specific natural resource and environmental concerns in a specific region or state.

Partners can develop and submit pre-proposals until July 14.  Instructions for the pre-proposals can be found in the Announcement of Program Funding (APF).  NRCS will select pre-proposals by July 28.  Full proposals are due by September 26, with NRCS making final selections by October 27.  Unlike many NRCS programs, farmers and ranchers do not apply directly for funding through RCPP.  Instead, partner entities submit project proposals and conduct outreach to ensure producer participation.

Applicants should note that grants.gov will be shut down between July 12 and July 14, and therefore during that time, pre-proposals must be submitted through email to RCPP@wdc.usda.gov.

Applicants also have the option of submitting via postal mail during this time; however pre-proposals must be received, not postmarked, by July 14.  The mailing address is:

Financial Assistance Programs Division
Department of Agriculture S
Natural Resources Conservation Service
RCPP Application
P.O. Box 2890
Washington, D.C.  20013-2890

When submitted project pre-proposals, partners may request funds for a variety of technical assistance (TA) activities, including resource assessment, conservation practice survey and design, conservation planning, and resource monitoring, among others.

RCPP project proposals are ranked according to a four-part ranking system:

  • 25 percent of ranking points based on how partners identify conservation opportunities, establish goals, and design enduring and locally supported solutions;
  • 30 percent based on an assessment of the partner contribution, both the amount of funding and the extent of in-kind activities that partners will contribute;
  • 20 percent based on the extent to which a project proposal is innovative (NRCS provides the following examples of “innovation”: the proposal cites recent scientific findings; the project helps producers avoid regulation; the project uses environmental markets; or the partners evaluated the cost-effectiveness of at least two approaches); and
  • 25 percent based on the extent of participation by farmers, private businesses, utilities, and other stakeholders.

The 2014 Farm Bill created RCPP by consolidating four previously separate programs: the Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI), Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP), Chesapeake Bay Watershed Initiative (CBWI), and Great Lakes Conservation Initiative (GLCI).  Many of the projects will likely focus on particular resource issues of heightened concern in a given geographic region or a given set or type of farmers within a State or area interested in pursuing particular innovative conservation objectives.

35 percent of total RCPP funding for projects in Critical Conservation Areas (CCAs), 40 percent to NRCS national headquarters for other national priorities, and 25 percent to state NRCS offices for in-state projects.  Money allocated to the states will be awarded to projects by the NRCS state office.

Additional USDA resources available for RCPP include a program webpage, a Q & A page, a map of the Critical Conservation Areas (CCAs), RCPP testimonials, and the Announcement of Program Funding (AFP).

Categories: Conservation, Energy & Environment, Grants and Programs

2 responses to “Final Week to Submit Pre-Proposals for the Regional Conservation Partnership Program”

  1. Dr. Jalaluddin Qureshi says:

    Dear Friend ,

    I have Ph.D. Degree having 30 years world wide Expirience in water conservation and Agriculture sector . I am residing in Houston Texas .
    I am interested to submitt pre – proposal projects for conservation
    Partner ship Programme . I have few preliminary question .
    1. I am a scientist , and indiual submitt project proposal . I succefully
    Get grant funding I will higher new staff .
    2 . Individual Scientist are eligible to submitt how many Project .
    3. I texas and intended to participate drought mitigation Programme .
    I contact to some department but they have already selected consultant. and don’t allowed to in their Programme . The govt itself
    Have no fiscal year Programme . Every thing through consultant .
    4. I am also working as adjourn professor Houston community College
    One project I am interested to submitt joint venture with stem Programme for research student participation .
    5. Is there’s pacific performa for submitting project proposal .
    I shall be great full if you may kindly send reply before deadline .
    My contact is below .
    Dr.Jalaluddin Qureshi , Ph.D.
    Professor of Environmental Science / Geology , Houston Community College ,
    1000 Farrah ,Ln Apt 934, Stafford Tx 77477
    Email. Iwses@live.com ,
    Cell. 832-2176837

  2. Sarah Hackney says:

    Hello Dr. Qureshi, thank you for your interest! Unfortunately we can’t answer your questions – you will need to address the agency directly at this address: RCPP@wdc.usda.gov. Best of luck!