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Submit Proposals for NRCS Montana Partners for Conservation Cooperative Agreement Opportunity

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The 2024 NRCS Montana cooperative agreement opportunity is currently open. Successful agreements promote conservation priorities and build implementation capacity.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Montana is making funding available for eligible entities to address local natural resource issues, encourage collaboration, and develop state- and community-level conservation leadership in Montana. Submit applications via Grants.gov by March 5, 2024.

“Through these cooperative agreements, we will be supporting partners that help landowners to implement climate-smart management to enhance our Montana ag lands, watersheds, and forests,” said Tom Watson, NRCS State Conservationist for Montana. “These projects will also work to increase food security and the sustainability and economic vitality of rural and Tribal communities.”

The purpose of the Montana Partners for Conservation cooperative agreements is to leverage NRCS and partner resources to:

  1. Improve soil health.
  2. Improve habitat for wildlife, with a specific focus on the rangelands and grasslands of Montana.
  3. Improve water quality/quantity.
  4. Improve the environmental and economic performance of working agricultural lands.
  5. Assist communities and groups to build and strengthen local food projects that provide healthy food and economic opportunities.

Emphasis will be placed on projects that will deliver several outcomes, including the following items. Proposals should seek to build technical capacity to implement Farm Bill Conservation Programs, including Climate Smart Agriculture and Forestry practices, as well as the technical capacity of conservation employees and partners to develop and implement effective projects. Proposals will leverage non-federal and non-government resources to achieve positive natural resource conservation outcomes. Projects should support the NRCS in understanding outcomes associated with our conservation actions. Finally, agreements will build and support urban and community agriculture in Montana.

NRCS expects to award approximately $8 million to multiple projects through this opportunity. NRCS retains the discretion to award a larger or lesser amount. There is no match requirement for this opportunity. Proposed projects must be performed in Montana. Eligible entities include local and Tribal governments, non-governmental organizations, school districts, nonprofits, higher education institutions, and others. See the announcement on Grants.gov for more detailed information.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their applications via Grants.gov by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on March 5, 2024. For technical issues with Grants.gov, contact Grants.gov Applicant Support at 1-800-518-4726 or support@grants.gov. NRCS staff cannot support applicants regarding Grants.gov accounts.

NRCS anticipates making selections by July 1, 2024, and expects to execute awards by September 1, 2024. These dates are estimates and are subject to change. 

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