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RCPP How to Apply

Partner works with producer for conservation solutions.

Through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), NRCS co-invests with partners in innovative, workable and cost-effective approaches to benefit farming, ranching and forest operations; local economies; and the communities and resources in a watershed or other geographic area.

The partners develop project applications, as described in the annual RCPP Application for Program Funding, to address specific natural resource objectives in a proposed area or region. Partnering organizations design, promote, implement and evaluate the project outcomes.  

NEW! Download the RCPP 2018 Application for Program Funding, Funding Guide and Pre-proposal Fillable Form below.

The Application Process

NRCS reviews and selects final RCPP projects through a two-phase application process.

  • Phase 1: Pre-proposal Application
  • Phase 2: Full Proposal Application 

The full proposal process is only open to applicants whose pre-proposal applications are selected by the agency to go forward from the pre-proposal stage.  

Application for Program Funding (APF) and Supporting Application Materials

NEW! On Jan. 12, 2017, NRCS published a RCPP APF for fiscal year (FY) 2018 funding. Interested partners should review the current APF and supporting materials for program eligibility and requirements.  Read the press release about the new RCPP APF.




For questions about timelines, the application process and program requirements, please e-mail the RCPP Team at (During the full proposal period, reference your RCPP Project ID# and project name in the email subject line.)

Important Application Dates

Applications must be received by NRCS before 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time) on the due dates provided below.

April 21, 2017: Pre-proposal applications due

Week of June 26, 2017: Announcement of selected pre-proposals

August 31, 2017: Full proposal applications due

November 2017: Announcement of selected full proposals

NRCS will review partnership proposals according to the priorities identified in the announcement and make project selections. Upon selection of a partnership proposal, NRCS and the partner will enter into a partnership agreement through which the partner will complete the project objectives and provide assistance to producers in the project area. 

Training and Assistance

The NRCS national office will host multiple webinars about the pre-application and full project application processes.  Check back for February and March webinar dates and times.    

Check with your regional NRCS office for local training opportunities and to discuss your project.  NRCS state contacts are listed in the new RCPP APF.