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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 funding announcements under RCPP. RCPP Classic is the standard version of the program where NRCS and the lead partner both oversee contracts with producers and landowners engaged in standard RCPP activities. 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 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).

RCPP Classic

Alternative Funding Arrangements

NRCS is not currently accepting new proposals. The next funding opportunity will be released in the summer of FY 2020. NRCS is not currently accepting new proposals. The next funding opportunity will be released in FY 2021.

 

How to Submit a Proposal

Step 1: 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).

Step 2: 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 3: Partners must request acces to the  RCPP portal. This process typically takes a few business days but as NRCS must verify a users eAuth permissions during high volume periods it can take over a week.

Partners are responsible for ensuring the above steps are completed early enough to meeting the deadline for submitting an RCPP proposal. Most steps involve actions outside of NRCS and are beyond the control of NRCS to expedite.

Resources for Submitting a Proposal

Past Funding Announcements

FY 2019 RCPP Classic NFO (PDF, 388KB)
FY 2020 AFA National Funding Announcement (PDF, 630KB)

 

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