On March 10, 2016, the National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS; part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture) announced the opening of the application period for over $260 million in Fiscal Year 2017 funding under the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).
According to the RCPP Web site (http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs/farmbill/rcpp/), these grants aim to promote “coordination between NRCS and its partners to deliver conservation assistance to producers and landowners. …RCPP combines the authorities of four former conservation programs: the Agricultural Water Enhancement Program, the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Program, the Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative and the Great Lakes Basin Program. Assistance is delivered in accordance with the rules of EQIP, CSP, ACEP and HFRP; and in certain areas the Watershed Operations and Flood Prevention Program.”
NRCS estimates that it will provide about $263 million to about 85 projects for FY 2017. The application deadline for FY 2017 funding is May 10, 2016. Information on applying for grants for FY 2017 is available online at http://www.grants.gov/custom/viewOppDetails.jsp?oppId=282185; or contact your local office of the NRCS or your local Soil and Water Conservation District office.
Additional source: USDA Announces $260 Million Available for Regional Conservation Partnership Program, U.S. Department of Agriculture News Release, 3/10/16.
For a previous Water Central News Grouper item on the recipients of grants in 2016, please see 84 Projects Nationwide, Including Two in Virginia, Awarded Funds in Fiscal Year 2016 from the USDA’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program (posted 2/17/16).