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Register for March 6th Webinar on Grant Opportunity: NRCS Spring 2014 Conservation Partners Program (RFP due 4/17)
Posted on: March 4, 2014
Conservation Partners will fund organizations to partner with NRCS field offices to deliver technical assistance for high priority conservation objectives. The full news release with details on the RFP is available here. A webinar for applicants will be available on March 6, 2014, from 2:30-3:30 PM, EST. An overview of the program priorities, application process and question and answer period will be offered. Please register here.
Conservation Partners is a collaborative effort between USDA’s NRCS, NWFW and other regional/initiative-specific partners. The purpose of the partnership is to provide grants on a competitive basis to increase technical assistance capacity to implement three programs: NRCS’s Landscape Conservation Initiatives, NFWF’s Keystone Initiatives, and the NRCS-U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service partnership – Working Lands for Wildlife.
Eligible applicants include: non-profit 501(c) organizations, farmer and commodity-led organizations, educational institutions, tribal governments, and state or local units of governments (e.g. state agricultural and/or conservation agencies, counties, townships, cities, conservation districts, utility districts, drainage districts, etc.). Individuals, federal government agencies and for-profit entities are NOT eligible for grants under this program.
Posted on: February 11, 2014
The new NRCS–Forest Service partnership – the Chiefs’ Joint Landscape Restoration Partnership – will invest over $30 million in financial and technical assistance. The 13 projects announced in 12 states focus on wildfire mitigation/risk reduction, wildlife habitat, and protection of water quality/supply. Drinking water source protection is mentioned for 4 states (MN, MT, NH, WVA), but many of the projects may also have source protection benefits. The news release provides more details and is available on the USDA website. The agencies are reviewing additional sites for future collaboration and will continue to capitalize on NRCS and Forest Service overlying priorities and programs.
Posted on: February 10, 2014
NRCS is offering a funding opportunity to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies, while leveraging the Federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection in conjunction with agricultural production. The funding opportunity is now available. The application period will close on March 7, 2014. A webinar for potential applicants will be hosted on Thursday, February 13th at 1 pm EST. Details about this announcement and how to register for the webinar are available at the NRCS website.