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NRCS in Colorado Announces Financial Assistance for Natural Resource Conservation – APPLY TODAY

Petra Popiel

September 19, 2018, DENVER, CO - The Colorado Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) is announcing a funding opportunity through Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to provide financial assistance to facilitate adoption conservation practices for several of NRCS National Initiatives and Special Projects.  For consideration in this early funding opportunity, applications must be submitted by October 19. 2018. EQIP applications are available at your local NRCS Office or to download an application, CLICK HERE.
EQIP program is a voluntary program that offers financial and technical assistance to eligible agricultural producers to facilitate adoption and improvement of natural resource management to increase private land resources sustainability.  The program offers financial incentives to adopt conservation practices that to improve soil, water, plant, animal, air, energy conservation and related resources.  Projects to be considered for this early funding cycle include:
  • Air Quality Initiative (AQI): This initiative provides eligible landowners and producers with financial and technical assistance to implement cost effective and innovative practices to improve air quality in Colorado. (Available only in select counties.)
  • High Tunnel: High Tunnel Systems for crops assist producers in extending the growing season for high value crops and increase local food production. 
  • National Water Quality Initiative (NWIQ): NWQI helps producers implement conservation systems to reduce nitrogen, phosphorous, sediment and pathogen contributions from agricultural land in the Upper Grape Creek watershed.
  • On-Farm Energy: The On-Farm Energy Initiative enables an agricultural producer to identify ways to conserve energy on the farm through two types of Agricultural Energy Management Plans (AgEMP) for headquarters and/or for their landscape.  It provides financial and technical assistance to help the producer implement various measures and practices recommended in on-farm energy audits.
  • Organic Initiative: The Organic Initiative provides help to organic producers or those transitioning to organic. The Initiative addresses natural resource concerns and helps growers meet requirements related to National Organic Program (NOP). 
  • Strikeforce: Through StrikeForce, NRCS is working with more farmers and ranchers than ever in communities that face persistent poverty. Specific funding is being used to increase awareness and use of USDA programs in historically underserved customer areas. (Available in limited geographic areas.)
  • WLFW Cutthroat Trout: This Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW) effort assists landowners and partner organizations to improve habitat conditions across the native cutthroat trout landscape to benefit agricultural operations, recreationists, rural communities and our native fish and wildlife. (Available in limited geographic areas.)
  • WLFW Sage Grouse Initiative: This Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW) initiative focuses on coordination with ranchers to improve habitat for sage-grouse and promote healthy grazing land conservation practices.  (Available in limited geographic areas.)
  • WLFW Southwestern Willow Flycatcher: This Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW) effort assists landowners restore degraded riparian ecosystems and is part of the NRCS and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Working Lands for Wildlife partnership to combat the decline of specific wildlife species. (Available in limited geographic areas.)
  • Disaster Relief Funding: This effort is to assist producers in Colorado counties that have been impacted by fires in 2018. (Available in limited geographic areas.)
  • Conservation Activity Plan (CAP): EQIP funding is available for the development of a Conservation Activity Plan (CAP). A CAP can be developed for producers to identify conservation practices needed to address a specific natural resource need. Typically, these plans are specific to certain kinds of land use such as transitioning to organic operations, grazing land, forest land, or can also address a specific resource need such a plan for management of nutrients.

Interested participants must meet the specific funding pool required criteria for to be considered for funding in in this early funding cycle.

To be considered in this FY2019 first funding cycle, applications must be received prior to the cut-off date of October 19.  Applications submitted after the cut-off date or for other fund pools will be considered later in the year.  To determine if your application is eligible for these selected fund pools and for additional information contact your local NRCS office.  Applications are accepted on a continual basis for all financial assistance programs.
For more information about applications of NRCS field office locations, please go to and select CONTACT US.