Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI)
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There will be no new CCPI project for FY2014.
The Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI) is a voluntary conservation initiative that allows the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to enter into partnership agreements with eligible entities to help enhance conservation outcomes on agricultural lands and private nonindustrial private forest lands. Through the program, partners propose project areas to direct their conservation funding, staff and/or other resources in conjunction with NRCS financial and technical assistance. If funds are available, each fiscal year, NRCS will make technical and financial assistance available to eligible to owners and operators of agricultural and nonindustrial private forest lands who participate in approved CCPI project areas through:
As authorized by Congress, this is not a grant program to eligible partners. This is a program whereby approved eligible partners will enter into multi-year agreements with NRCS to help enhance conservation outcomes on agricultural lands and private nonindustrial private forest lands. The intent of CCPI is for the Federal government to leverage investment in natural resources conservation along with services and non-Federal resources of eligible partners. Individual producers are not eligible to submit a partnership proposal.
Federally recognized Indian Tribes, State and local units of government, producer associations, farmer cooperatives, institutions of higher education, and nongovernmental organizations with a history of working cooperatively with producers may submit CCPI proposals. Individual landowners and producers are not eligible to submit a CCPI project proposal.
There will not be any new CCPI proposals accepted in FY 2013. Please look forward to the National Request for Proposals (RFP) posted to the Federal Register for future opportunities.
CCPI Information for Landowners and Program Applicants
Owners and operators of agricultural and nonindustrial private forest lands are eligible to apply for program benefits offered through CCPI. In order for a producer to be considered for financial assistance through a CCPI partner agreement, the land associated with a program application must be located within an approved CCPI project area. Only producers who are eligible for EQIP, WHIP or CSP may receive financial assistance through these programs.
NRCS is accepting applications for financial and technical assistance for the AZ-NM CCPI project. Applications will be accepted until January 17, 2014. Please refer to the recent news release posted at http://www.nm.nrcs.usda.gov/news
Applications for the NMACD - CCPI Project will be accepted until February 21, 2014.
For More Information
NRCS National CCPI Web page