LINCOLN — The United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service announced proposals for the updated Regional Conservation Partnership Program are due Dec. 3. RCPP supports partner-driven conservation efforts to improve the nation’s water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural viability. Application information is available on the RCPP webpage or at grants.gov.
RCPP-eligible partners include private industry, non-government organizations, Indian tribes, state and local governments, water districts and universities. Partners may request between $250,000 and $10 million in RCPP funding through this funding announcement, with $300 million available nationwide.
The 2018 Farm Bill made substantive changes making RCPP more straightforward for partners and producers. RCPP is now a stand-alone program with its own dedicated funding, simplifying rules for partners and producers.
The first iteration of RCPP, which was created originally by the 2014 Farm Bill, combined nearly $1 billion in NRCS investments with close to $2 billion in non-NRCS dollars to implement conservation practices across the Nation.
There are currently 375 active RCPP projects that have engaged close to 2,000 partners.