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Programs & Deadlines

Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP),  Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA), Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), and Environmental Quality Incentives Program  (EQIP) offer a continuous signup opportunity. Applications for assistance through any of the Resource Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) projects that offer ACEP, CSP, or EQIP funding can also be submitted on a continuous basis and are reviewed following the same timelines as the general ACEP, CSP, or EQIP options. Applications are reviewed as funds are available, and financial assistance offered to the highest ranking applicants. People interested in conservation program funding assistance should not wait until a formally announced ranking period to apply.

The following dates reflect times when NRCS will review and rank all applications received for the specific listed option. Potential applicants interested in these options are encouraged to have an updated application filed with their local NRCS office by the listed date.



Due Date

Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP)

Applications are now being accepted on a continuous basis for the Wetland Reserve Easement (WRE) and Agricultural Land Easement (ALE) components.

January 15, 2016

Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA)

Apply for first round funding consideration for irrigation projects by October 16, 2015.

October 16, 2015*
December 18, 2015*
February 19, 2016*
April 15, 2016*
May 20, 2016*
June 17, 2016
July 15, 2016

Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)

Applications submitted now for either new 2016 applications or participants with expiring 2012 CSP contracts who want to re-enroll, will be evaluated in next available funding cycle.

 March 31, 2016

Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG)

Application date to submit pre-proposals for the 2016 National CIG Program.

Application date for 2016 Pennsylvania CIG program is June 24, 2016.

May 10, 2016

Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

Apply for first round funding consideration by October 16, 2015.

October 16, 2015*
December 18, 2015*
February 19, 2016*
April 15, 2016*
May 20, 2016*
June 17, 2016
July 15, 2016

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI)

Apply for funding for applicants in the Great  Lakes watershed

February 19, 2016

Healthy Forest Reserve Program (HFRP)

Funding not currently available, but applications can be submitted.

Resource Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) Pre-proposals for State, National or Critical Conservation Area (CCA) proposed projects can be submitted through the national project submission process. May 10, 2016

 * Pending availability of funds.

Pennsylvania NRCS will offer a state Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) option. Application due dates and program priorities are to be determined for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016.

The following dates have been established for periodic application review periods for AMA and EQIP. Applications submitted by these dates will be evaluated in that signup cycle, as long as funds are available. 
Dates are:

                      October 16, 2015 - First cycle
                      December 18, 2015 - Second cycle
                      February 19, 2016 - Third cycle (if needed)
                      April 15, 2016 - Fourth cycle (if needed)
                      May 20, 2016 - Fifth cycle (if needed)
                     June 17, 2016 - Sixth cycle (if needed)
                      July 15, 2016 - Seventh cycle (if needed)

To contact USDA offices in Pennsylvania, click here, or contact the state administrative offices below:

Farm Service Agency
    (717) 237-2114

Natural Resources Conservation Service
    (717) 237 2100 or toll free at (888) 300-8379

Rural Development Business and Cooperative Programs
    (717) 237-2189


Assistant State Conservationist


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