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RCPP - How to Apply

Overview

Potential partners are invited to propose RCPP projects where NRCS and partners co-invest in impactful and innovative solutions to on-farm, watershed, and regional natural resource concerns. Proposed projects must generate conservation benefits by addressing specific natural resource objectives in a State/multistate area or address one or more primary resource concerns within an NRCS-designated critical conservation area (CCA).

RCPP National Funding Opportunities

There are two types of national funding announcements under RCPP.

  1. RCPP Classic is the standard version of the program where NRCS and the lead partner both oversee contracts with producers and landowners engaged in RCPP activities.
     
  2. RCPP Alternative Funding Arrangements are partner-led projects that propose innovative use of federal assistance to achieve conservation benefits that are not possible under the RCPP Classic construct.

Applications are accepted from all 50 States, the Caribbean Area (Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands), and U.S. territories in the Pacific Island Areas (Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands).

At least four weeks prior to the application deadline, and before starting an application in the RCPP portal, eligible entities interested in applying to RCPP are advised to request a meeting with the appropriate NRCS State RCPP coordinator(s) (PDF, 85KB).

How to Submit a Proposal

Step 1: Partners interested in submitting a proposal must obtain level 2 eAuthentication permissions. This process can be lengthy and is solely a partner responsibility. Partners are strongly encouraged to begin the eAuth process as soon as possible to minimize the possibility of the eAuth process creating a roadblock to RCPP proposal submission. Details on how to apply for eAuth permissions are in the RCPP Partner Proposal Guide.

Step 2: Partners must request access to the  RCPP portal  . This process typically takes a few business days. During this process NRCS must verify a users’ eAuth permissions and during high volume periods it may take over a week.

Step 3: At least 4 weeks prior to the application deadline, and before starting an application in the RCPP portal, eligible entities interested in applying to RCPP are advised to request a meeting with the appropriate NRCS State RCPP coordinator(s).
Partners are responsible for ensuring the above steps are completed early enough to meet the deadline for submitting an RCPP proposal. Most steps involve actions outside of NRCS and cannot be expedited.

Resources for Submitting a Proposal

Past Funding Announcements

FY 2020 AFA National Funding Announcement (PDF, 630KB)

Training Webinars

Webinars will be recorded and posted on this page approximately one week after the event.

 

 Templates for RCPP Easements

All entity-held easements entered into under a RCPP project must use one of the six sets of minimum deed terms (MDT) below. The MDT establish one of three levels of restrictiveness of the easement (categorized as highly, moderately, or minimally restrictive) by identifying the easement purposes, the allowable uses, the limitations on use, and prohibitions. In addition to choosing the level of restriction, the partner and NRCS must also decide whether to include a U.S. Right of Enforcement (ROE). For more detailed descriptions of the MDT templates see the RCPP Minimum Deed Term Template Descriptions.   (PDF, 159KB)

Partners should work with their RCPP State Coordinator to determine the appropriate MDT for a given project.

RCPP Contacts for Further Information

For questions about timelines, the application process, and program requirements please e-mail the relevant State RCPP coordinator (PDF, 85KB) or the National RCPP Team.