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Delaware NRCS Seeks Grant Proposals for Conservation Partnership Projects

Dover, Del., February 4, 2019 - USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is seeking proposals for collaborative conservation grants to help address Delaware’s most pressing natural resource concerns. Up to $500,000 in grants will be made available statewide. Proposals are due by April 5, 2019.

The full funding announcement can be found on grants.gov by searching the opportunity number USDA-NRCS-DE-19-01, or by searching the CFDA of 10.902.  It can also be found by filtering for All Department of Agriculture.

NRCS will select proposals that leverage USDA and partner resources to effectively implement projects. Successful proposals will address at least one of the following:

  • Increase the number of applications for USDA NRCS Agriculture Conservation Easement Program – Wetlands Reserve Easements
  • Deliver detailed data on subaqueous soil physical and chemical properties and their spatial distribution throughout Little Assawoman Bay in Sussex County, DE.
  • Complete cultural resource reviews for the completion of Cultural Resources Archival Research and Pedestrian Inventories.
  • Provide assistance that will provide direct technical services to assist producers to plan and/or implement conservation practices throughout Delaware.
  • Develop the tools, technologies, and strategies to support next-generation conservation efforts on working lands in Delaware and develop market-based solutions to resource challenges.
  • Conduct an economic analysis on high priority best management practices in Delaware such as nutrient management, manure storage, animal mortality, cover crop, heavy use area protection (HUAPS) and others.

An emphasis will be placed on projects that build technical capacity of NRCS and partner field conservation employees and leverage non-Federal and non-government resources to achieve positive natural resources conservation outcomes.

For more information about the grant proposal process, including the official announcement, visit www.grants.gov or contact Eileen Campbell, at 302-678-4161.

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