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2011 Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative - Request for Proposals


2011 Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative - Request for Proposals
 

NRCS is requesting proposals from potential partners looking to provide assistance to eligible producers to implement agricultural water enhancement activities for purposes of conserving surface and ground water and improving water quality. Proposals must be received by e-mail or U.S. Postal Service by January 28, 2011.

    News Release:  USDA Requests Proposals for Water and Land Conservation Projects
    2011 AWEP Notice of Request for Proposals (PDF, 85 KB)


Program Description

As allowed by the 2008 Farm Bill (2008 Act), NRCS may make Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP), and Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) program resources available to owners and operators of agricultural and nonindustrial private forest lands who are located in an approved CCPI project area.

As authorized by Congress, this is not a grant program to partners. This is a program whereby partners with approved projects will enter into multi-year agreements with NRCS to help enhance conservation outcomes on agricultural lands and private nonindustrial private forest lands. One purpose of CCPI is to leverage resources of certain Federal government programs along with services and resources of non-Federal partners to implement natural resource conservation practices.

Proposals submitted by eligible partners are evaluated and competitively ranked for consideration of NRCS program to support the project. The RFP published to the Federal Register outlines the process and requirements partners must use to submit proposals and CCPI requirements. The RFP also provides details regarding which programs are offered and funding availability each fiscal year. 

Specific program information may be found at each of the programs websites: Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)


Eligible Partners

Federally recognized Indian Tribes, State and local units of government, producer associations, farmer cooperatives, institutions of higher education, and nongovernmental organizations (NGO) with a history of working cooperatively with producers. Refer to the RFP for more details regarding partner eligibility. Individual producers are not eligible to submit a partnership proposal.


Producers

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. When announced and available refer to Fact Sheets and visit the NRCS program website in the state where located for information how and when to apply to the EQIP, WHIP and CSP programs. For more detail regarding eligibility and application requirements contact your local NRCS field office.


Funding Authority

For CCPI, the 2008 Act requires that 6 percent of the funds for EQIP and WHIP and 6 percent of the allowed acres for the CSP programs be reserved for support of producer contracts approved under this authority. Information and conditions for the Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI) and potential funding available can be found in notice of request for proposals (RFP) published in the Federal Register and posted to this web site.

If funds are available, NRCS will make Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) and Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) benefits available to owners and operators of agricultural and nonindustrial private forest lands who participate in approved CCPI project areas. Please note that the amount of financial assistance provided to support prior year approved projects and new proposals approved through the current year RFP will change each fiscal year depending upon appropriations and agency priorities. Each fiscal year, NRCS will announce the amount of CCPI financial assistance available.


Partner Proposal Submission

Eligible partners may submit proposals per the requirements of the RFP. Through a competitive process, the proposal will be evaluated and ranked with all other current fiscal year proposals. After evaluation, if the partner proposal is selected for funding, NRCS will develop a partnership agreement which will outline the general requirements of NRCS and the partner. Information about the competitive evaluation process is contained in the published RFP


Nationally Approved Multi-State CCPI Projects

Fiscal Year 2009
 

2010 National CCPI Notices and Additional Information

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2010 CCPI Notice of “Request for Application” (PDF, 89KB) This is a copy of the Federal Register notice announcing the availability of EQIP, WHIP, and CSP Fiscal Year 2010 program funding through CCPI. The Notice is also available from the Federal Register Notices Index.

2010 National CCPI RFP Definitions (PDF, 83 KB) Definitions of NRCS terms used in agency programs and the notice of request for proposals (RFP).

NRCS Fiscal Year 2010 CCPI Evaluation Guidance (PDF, 119KB) – To be used by NRCS to screen, evaluate and rank partner CCPI proposals submitted for consideration during fiscal year 2010.

NRCS Example CCPI Proposal (PDF, 118KB) is an example of what a CCPI proposal might look like. This document is provided for reference only to provide an example what NRCS might expect in a proposal. The partner must use the notice of request for proposals (RFP) for development of the CCPI proposal.

2010 Example CCPI Partnership Agreement (PDF, 36KB) is an example CCPI Partnership Agreement.

NRCS Approved Natural Resource Concerns (73 KB) is a list of the NRCS approved natural resource concerns which partners may propose to address in the project area as requested in the partnership proposal.

 

Program Contact

Loren Unruh, Leader for Programs
Phone: (503) 414-3235
Email:  loren.unruh@or.usda.gov