Programs & Deadlines

ACEP, AMA, CSP, and EQIP offer a continuous signup opportunity. Applications are reviewed as funds are available, and financial assistance offered to the highest ranking applicants. People interested in conservation program funding assistance should not wait until a formally announced ranking period to apply.

The following dates reflect times when NRCS will review and rank all applications received for the specific listed option. Potential applicants interested in these options are encouraged to have an updated application filed with their local NRCS office by the listed date.



Due Date

Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP)

ACEP, ALE Component - NRCS National Headquarters has not yet released the official application document. Once the application document is provided for ALE, NRCS can begin to accept new applications from interested entities.

A new application document has been provided for ACEP, WRE component. All prior year WRP (now WRE) applications are void. Applicants must re-apply under WRE with the new application document.

Applications are now being accepted on a continuous basis for the WRE program, using the new NRCS-CPA-1200 document.

Applications will be accepted in the future for ALE as soon as the application document is released from NRCS NHQ.*

Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA)

Apply for first round funding consideration for irrigation projects

February 21, 2014*
April 18, 2014*
May 16, 2014*

Conservation Stewardship Program      (CSP)

February 7, 2014 was the national due date to submit applications for first-round funding. Applications submitted now will be evaluated in next available funding cycle; date TBD.


Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG)

Application date to submit pre-proposals for the 2014 National CIG Program.

 March 7, 2014

Environmental Quality Incentives Program   (EQIP)

Apply for first round funding consideration

February 21, 2014*
April 18, 2014*
May 16, 2014*

EQIP/Working Lands for Wildlife: Bog Turtle and Golden-Winged Warbler options

Apply for first round funding consideration.

February 21, 2014*
April 18, 2014*
May 16, 2014*

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI)

Apply for funding for applicants in the Great  Lakes watershed


Healthy Forest Reserve Program (HFRP)    

 * Pending availability of funds.

Pennsylvania NRCS will offer a state Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) option. Application due dates and program priorities are to be determined.

The following dates have been established for periodic application review periods for AMA, EQIP and WHIP.  Applications submitted by these dates will be evaluated in that signup cycle, as long as funds are available. 
Dates are:

                      November 15, 2013 - First cycle
                      December 20, 2013 - Second cycle
                      February 21, 2014 - Third cycle (if needed)
                      April 18, 2014 - Fourth cycle (if needed)
                      May 16, 2014 - Fifth cycle (if needed)

Authorization for Chesapeake Bay Watershed Initiative (CBWI) has expired.  Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a suggested alternative program for funding assistance for farm conservation practices.

Authorization for the easement programs Grassland Reserve Program (GRP) and Wetland Reserve Program (WRP) have expired.  While NRCS does not currently have alternative replacement programs available, landowners can contact their local NRCS Field Office to discuss planning options in anticipation of new easement and restoration programs that may be available under a new Farm Bill.

To contact USDA offices in Pennsylvania, click here, or contact the state administrative offices below:

Farm Service Agency
    (717) 237-2114

Natural Resources Conservation Service
    (717) 237 2200 or toll free at (888) 300-8379

Rural Development Business and Cooperative Programs
    (717) 237-2189


  Barry Frantz
  Assistant State Conservationist
  (717) 237-2216

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