Regional Conservation Partnership Program
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
To advance partner-driven solutions to conservation on agricultural land.
Applicant and/or Project Eligibility Requirements
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).
Climate-smart agriculture is listed as a priority for the 2023 RCPP applications. Consider co-locating renewable energy with active agricultural land, such as agrivoltaics that strategically leverage solar panels to increase shade and reduce water consumption on-site. For additional information, see here: https://www.energy.gov/eere/solar/articles/potential-agrivoltaics-us-solar-industry-farmers-and-communities
See the "Equity Design Considerations for Federal Funding" for general considerations and additional sector-based resources: https://cityrenewables.org/resources/equity-design-considerations-for-federal-funding/
At least four weeks prior to the application deadline, and before starting an application in the RCPP portal or grants.gov, eligible entities interested in applying to RCPP are advised to request a meeting with the appropriate NRCS State RCPP coordinator(s).
For 2022 awardees, see here: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs-initiatives/rcpp-regional-conservation-partnership-program