Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today an investment of up to $235 million to improve the nation's water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural viability. The funding is being made available through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), the newest conservation tool of the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Pre-proposals are due July 8.
Approximately $300,000 in funding is available through the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies within Arkansas.
State, tribal, and local governmental entities; non-governmental organizations; and individuals may apply. Project proposals, due by June 15, 2015, should demonstrate the use of innovative technologies or approaches to address a natural resource concern. Project results are expected to improve and create the transfer of conservation technologies, management systems, and innovative approaches (such as market-based systems) into NRCS technical manuals or guides or to the private sector.
Visit www.grants.gov to submit project proposals (Announcement Number USDA-NRCS-CIG-AR-15-001).
Farmers and landowners in several counties in Arkansas have until July 17, 2015, to submit applications to receive financial assistance to implement conservation practices through three new Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI) projects.