This page briefly describes basic information about the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP).
Individuals, groups and entities who own or manage farmland or non-industrial forest land are eligible to apply. Publicly owned lands are not eligible.
Contracts can last from 2 to 10 years. In some cases, a 15 year contract may be used for critical habitat restoration.
There is a $50,000 annual payment limitation per participant. There is no minimum acreage requirement to apply for WHIP, however, projects that address significant resource concerns are more likely to receive funding.
Participants will be reimbursed for the costs of installing conservation practices after the practices have been installed.
You may sign up for this program at any time through your local NRCS office. Applications are accepted all year, but are reviewed in a competitive ranking process when funding becomes available - usually once each year.