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Announcement for Program Funding - FY 20 Conservation Collaboration Grants or Agreements

Dear STAC Partners -

NRCS has released its 2020 Conservation Collaboration Grants or Agreements funding announcement.

The purpose of Conservation Outreach Grants or Agreements is to leverage NRCS and partner resources to assist historically underserved farmers and ranchers and assist farmers and ranchers to improve, restore or maintain natural resources that:

  1. Improve soil health.
  2. Improve water quality.
  3. Provide habitat for local wildlife species of concern.
  4. Improve the environmental and economic performance of working agricultural lands.
  5. Assist communities and groups to build and strengthen local food projects that provide healthy food and economic opportunities.

Proposals will be accepted for projects in any of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Caribbean Area (Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands), and the Pacific Islands Area (Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands), and must address outreach work in multiple states.

Applicants may be a nonprofit having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS (other than institutions of higher education), private institution of higher education, public and State-controlled institutions of higher education, or an individual. Entities must obtain a DUNS and register in SAM prior to registering with Entities are strongly encouraged to apply early for their DUNS number and SAM registration.

A total of up to $35 million is available for FY 2020 for projects. For projects that outreach to assist Historically Underserved Groups, project proposals must request between $250,000 and $1,000,000. For projects that collaborate on strategic natural resource issues, project proposals must request between $500,000 and $2,000,000. The agency plans to award a contribution agreement.  For this type of an agreement, NRCS policy requires a 50 percent (50%) contribution by the recipient, however a lesser recipient share may be possible if the selected applicant provides a written statement of a financial burden.

Projects may be between 1 and 2 years in duration.

Proposals must be received via by 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time on February 07, 2020.

Please carefully read through the funding announcement (Opportunity No: USDA-NRCS-NHQ-CCG-20-GEN0010619) which can be accessed through the following link:

Official questions regarding this announcement must be submitted to with the Opportunity Number in the subject line. Questions must be submitted by January 9, 2020. A questions and answers document addressing all questions will be posted to the Related Documents tab of this announcement in as a modification by January 13, 2020.  To discuss project ideas for the Pacific Islands Area (Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam and CNMI) contact Susan Kubo at (808) 600-2921 or

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.

Aloha, Susan