Potential partners are invited to propose RCPP projects where NRCS is the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service and partners co-invest in impactful and innovative solutions to on-farm, watershed, and regional natural resource concerns. Proposed projects must generate conservation benefits by addressing specific natural resource objectives in a State/multistate area or address one or more primary resource concerns within an NRCS-designated critical conservation area (CCA).
RCPP National Funding Opportunities
There are two types of national funding announcements under RCPP.
- RCPP Classic is the standard version of the program where NRCS is the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service and the lead partner both oversee contracts with producers and landowners engaged in RCPP activities.
- RCPP Alternative Funding Arrangements are partner-led projects that propose innovative use of federal assistance to achieve conservation benefits that are not possible under the RCPP Classic construct.
Applications 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).
At least four weeks prior to the application deadline, and before starting an application in the RCPP portal, eligible entities interested in applying to RCPP are advised to request a meeting with the appropriate NRCS State RCPP coordinator(s) (PDF, 85KB).
On April 1, 2021 at 3pm EDT, NRCS is the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service will be hold a webinar for partners interested in submitting a proposal for an RCPP Alternative Funding Arrangement. To sign up for this training please email RCPP@usda.gov.