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RCPP - How to Apply

Call for RCPP AFAs

NRCS is currently accepting proposals for RCPP AFAs through 11:59pm EDT on May 29th. A recording of a webinar for potential partners can be found further below.


Potential partners are invited to propose RCPP projects where NRCS and partners co-invest in impactful and innovative solutions to on-farm, watershed, and regional natural resource concerns. Proposed projects must generate conservation benefits by addressing specific natural resource objectives in a State/multistate area or address one or more primary resource concerns within an NRCS-designated critical conservation area (CCA).

FY 2020 RCPP National Funding Opportunity for Alternative Funding Arrangements

Up to $50 million is available for Alternative Funding Arrangement RCPP projects for FY 2020. Applications are accepted from all 50 States, the Caribbean Area (Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands), and U.S. territories in the Pacific Island Areas (Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands). Applications will be accepted through May 29, 2020.

At least 4 weeks prior to the application deadline, and before starting an application in the RCPP portal, eligible entities interested in applying to RCPP are advised to request a meeting with the appropriate NRCS State RCPP coordinator(s).

RCPP applications must be submitted using the RCPP portal. To access the RCPP portal, partners interested in submitting a proposal must obtain level 2 eAuthentication permissions. This process can be lengthy and is solely a partner responsibility. Partners are strongly encouraged to begin the eAuth process as soon as possible to minimize the possibility of the eAuth process creating a roadblock to RCPP proposal submission. Details on how to apply for eAuth permissions are in the RCPP Partner Proposal Guide.

FY 2020 RCPP National Funding Opportunity

Proposal Documents

For questions about timelines, the application process, and program requirements please e-mail the relevant State RCPP coordinator or the National RCPP Team.

Training and Assistance

A webinar for partners interested in applying for an RCPP AFA was recorded on April 2nd. This webinar covers the differences between an RCPP AFA project vs an RCPP Classic project. For more information please contact your state RCPP coordinator. (PDF, 145KB)

April 2 Webinar for AFA Proposals Presentation Slides (PDF, 2MB)