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Colorado Pre-Proposals Approved to Submit Full Proposals for RCPP Funding

Coming Together for Conservation

Contact: Petra Barnes
NRCS State Public Information Officer
Office Number: 720-544-2808
Fax Number: 720-544-2965

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The USDA program Provides Support for On-the-Ground Conservation Efforts

DENVER, August 6, 2014 – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) received more than 600 pre-proposals submitted for funding consideration within the 2014 Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).  230 of which nine are from Colorado were invited this week to continue the process by submitting full proposals by Oct. 2, 2014. 

RCPP is managed and administer by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and was designed to increase non-traditional partnership opportunities.  Maria Collazo, Colorado’s Acting NRCS State Conservationist states, “This program provides non-government partners, like private industry a way to invest in clean water start-up operations. This is a new approach in the Department’s commitment to natural resource conservation.”

RCPP Applicants from across the nation applied to the program, requesting more than six times the $394 million in available funding. Partners identified the resources they would bring to the table in order to leverage USDA’s investment. Jason Weller, chief of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, said nearly 5,000 partners came together in the pre-proposal phase.

Applicants chose between three pools of funding, the Critical Conservation Area (CCA) funding pool, the State funding pool, and the National funding pool.  Colorado’s pre-proposals now moving on to the next step will receive funding consideration from within all three pools with two in the National, two in the state, and five in the CCA pools.

“The amount of pre-proposals from Colorado and across the nation show a like-minded determination to better the quality of our lands and their ecosystems,”adds Collazo. “As the program grows, we expect to see Colorado’s forward-thinking and proposal counts grow with it.”

RCPP was made possible by the 2014 Farm Bill. The Farm Bill builds on historic economic gains in rural America over the past five years, while achieving meaningful reform and billions of dollars in savings for taxpayers. Since enactment, USDA has made significant progress to implement each provision of this critical legislation, including providing disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; strengthening risk management tools; expanding access to rural credit; funding critical research; establishing innovative public-private conservation partnerships; developing new markets for rural-made products; and investing in infrastructure, housing and community facilities to help improve quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit:

To learn about technical and financial assistance available through conservation programs, visit or local USDA service center.