The total amount of NRCS funding requested is more than six times the available funding. About $2.8 billion was requested while $394 million is available for fiscal 2014/2015. Pre-proposal submissions were received from all 50 states and each critical conservation area, and they varied from $6,000 to $20 million in requested funds.
The large amount of pre-proposals made the review process highly competitive. NRCS staff rigorously reviewed the almost 600 pre-proposals, ranking them based on the project’s ability to:
Address resource concerns and measuring outcomes;
Deliver high percentages of applied conservation to address conservation priorities or local, state, regional, or national conservation initiatives;
Leverage significant non-federal financial and technical resources;
Coordinate with other local, state, regional, or national efforts;
Be innovative in conservation methods and delivery; and
Assist producers in meeting or avoiding the need for a natural resource regulatory requirement.
About 230 applicants were invited to submit a full proposal due Oct. 2.
By the Numbers
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