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Program Application Ranking Dates

NRCS accepts applications for its conservation programs year-round. State Technical Committees, composed of conservation and agricultural-related agency and organization representatives, work with NRCS to identify resource priorities and how best to address them. NRCS then sets state-specific, ranking dates to evaluate applications for funding that account for producer needs, staff workload and ensuring that potential participants have ample opportunities to apply. You should apply by your state’s ranking dates to be considered for funding in the current cycle. Funding is provided through a competitive process.

Below are application ranking dates by state for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), and Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA). If you apply after the ranking date for the program you’re interested in, NRCS will automatically consider your application during the next funding cycle.

Some states have also announced ranking dates for programs including EQIP Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry (EQIP-CSAF), EQIP Conservation Incentive Contracts (EQIP-CIC), CSP Grasslands Conservation Initiative (CSP-GCI) and state-specific RCPP programs.

States may have additional ranking dates and funding cycles throughout the year if more funding becomes available. As states finalize their program ranking dates and if additional funding cycles become available, the updated dates will be added to state’s list below. If you apply after the listed program ranking date, NRCS will automatically consider your application during the next funding cycle.

2022 Application Ranking Dates | States A - H | States I - M | States N - P | States R - W

Alabama

Alaska

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Caribbean Area

  • ACEP, April 29, 2021
  • CSP, Dec. 31, 2021, April 29, 2022
  • EQIP, Dec. 10, 2021, April 29, 2022
  • EQIP-CIC, March 11, 2022

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

Florida

Georgia

Idaho  ^ back to top

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

  • ACEP-ALE, Nov. 19, 2021, Jan. 21, 2022; March 18, 2022
  • ACEP-WRE, Nov. 19, 2021, Jan. 21, 2022; March 18, 2022
  • AMA, Jan. 21, 2022; March 18, 2022; May 20, 2022; Jul. 15, 2022
  • CSP Classic, April 1, 2022
  • CSP FY22 Renewals, March 31, 2022
  • CSP-GCI, Oct. 15, 2021
  • EQIP, Nov. 19, 2021, Jan. 21, 2022; March 18, 2022; May 20, 2022; Jul. 15, 2022
  • EQIP-CIC, Jan. 1, 2022; March 18, 2022; May 20, 2022; Jul. 15, 2022
  • RCPP 1577, Jan. 21, 2022
  • RCPP 1710, March 15, 2022

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska     ^ back to top

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

  • ACEP, Oct. 22, 2021
  • CSP, Oct. 15, 2021
  • EQIP, Sept. 24, 2021, Dec. 31, 2021
  • EQIP-CIC, Dec. 31, 2021; March 4, 2022
  • RCPP, Dec. 30, 2021

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pacific Islands Area

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island    ^ back to top

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming