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Tennessee NRCS Seeks Opportunities to Partner in Conservation

UrbanAgriculture

For more information contact:
Katherine K. Burse, State Public Affairs Officer
PH: 615-277-2533

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NASHVILLE, June 3, 2020 –The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Tennessee announced two competitive funding opportunities for fiscal year 2020 under its Grant and Agreements program. Information about these opportunities can be found by visiting www.grants.gov. The deadline to apply is Friday, July 3, 2020 before 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time.

The competitive grants will support the development of urban agriculture and innovative production projects in two categories: Tennessee NRCS Urban Conservation Project and Tennessee Conservation Agreements Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Announcement for Program Funding

“Tennessee is proud to offer these grant opportunities as a means to expand areas of urban agriculture and innovation around the state,” said Sheldon Hightower, State Conservationist, Tennessee NRCS. “Such projects have the potential to address important issues such as food access and education and to support innovative ways to increase local food production in urban environments, as well as address local natural resource concerns and issues.”

Tennessee NRCS Urban Conservation Project

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Tennessee NRCS is looking to partner with likeminded natural resource conservation partners to build pollinator habitats, establish gardens for food production and for the establishment of seasonal high tunnels to extend the growing season of fruits and vegetables. Anticipated funding available for support of this program in FY 2020 will be a total of $150,000 for up to 20 agreements with funding levels ranging between $4,000 and $9,000.

Tennessee Conservation Agreements Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Announcement for Program Funding
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Tennessee NRCS is accepting applications for cooperative, grant and contribution agreements in Tennessee with the intent of leveraging NRCS resources, addressing local natural resource issues/concerns, encouraging collaborative efforts and developing state and local level conservation leadership. Anticipated funding available for support of this program in FY 2020 will be a total of $500,000 for up to 10 agreements with funding levels ranging between $10,000 and $100,000.

For more information about these funding opportunities, please contact Shynika Loften, Grants Management Specialist, by emailing her at shynika.loften@usda.gov or calling her at (202) 572-5851.

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