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Regional Conservation Partnership Program (Archived 2022)

Through RCPP, North Dakota NRCS and its partners help producers install and maintain conservation activities in selected project areas. Partners leverage RCPP funding in project areas and report on the benefits achieved. 

NRCS North Dakota Announces Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) Funding Opportunities

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Financial Assistance and Stewardship Farm Bill Programs operate under a continuous sign-up; therefore, applications are accepted on a continuing basis throughout the year and cutoff dates are scheduled to allow for ranking, prioritizing, and selection of applications for funding.  The FY 2022 RCPP Program cutoff date (batching) for FY 2022 EQIP applications is December 30, 2021. Applications on file by close of business (COB) will be considered for funding under the FY 2022 allocation for the following funding pools:

Meadowlark Initiative

RCPP Meadowlark Initiative Informational Webinar for NRCS Staff

Meadowlark Initiative

Lead Partner: Little Missouri Grazing Association
Funding Amount: $648,131
Lead State: ND

The Meadowlark Initiative is a new statewide strategy focused on two goals in North Dakota: 1) improve, increase and connect wildlife habitat, and 2) support the sustainability of new and existing livestock ranches. Fourteen project partners have agreed to pool contributions to leverage RCPP funding using an innovative spatial modeling approach to prioritize land management and rental conservation activities. The partners aim to convert 20,000 acres of marginal cropland to diverse native perennial vegetation; enhance 50,000 acres of existing and reconstructed native grasslands; and restore and enhance 10,000 acres of wetlands within reconstructed grassland complexes.


Little Missouri Grazing Association


Lead Partner: Little Missouri Grazing Association
Funding Amount: $648,131
Lead State: ND

The Little Missouri Grazing Association will use land management contracts with producers to restore and enhance degraded rangelands in the Prairie Grasslands of North Dakota. Solar water wells, cross fencing, riparian restoration, and prescribed grazing will be used to address resource concerns on over 11,000 degraded rangelands and transition the land toward a native grass and forb plant community.

Please contact your local NRCS office for more information.