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RCPP How to Apply

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 below, to address specific natural resource objectives in a proposed area or region. Partnering organizations design, promote, implement and evaluate the project outcomes.

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

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

The 2018 RCPP application process closed on Sept. 7, 2017.

Tentatively December 2017: 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. 

 Background Information about the 2018 RCPP Application Process

Application for Program Funding (APF) and Supporting Application Materials

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.




Note:  The copy of the questions, letter template and sample table of deliverables serve as a reference or starting point for your full proposal only; you will enter your actual answers and relevant information into the new RCPP Partner Portal.  

For questions about timelines, the application process and program requirements, please e-mail the RCPP Team at

Training and Assistance

In August 2017, the RCPP national team hosted two webinars to discuss the RCPP full proposal requirements and the submission process and tool. CLICK HERE to download the RCPP webinar slides, which include portal screen shots and instructions.

View a recording of the August 3, 2017.