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RCPP - How to Apply


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).

FY 2019 National Funding Announcement

Up to $300 million is being available for RCPP projects for FY 2019. 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 applications must be submitted using the RCPP portal. To access the RCPP portal, 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.

The RCPP portal is currently under construction. A notice will be posted on the RCPP main page as soon as the RCPP portal is available. A draft RCPP Partner Proposal Guide and Application Template is available below to help partners plan for submission.

FY 2019 RCPP National Funding Opportunity

Proposal Documents

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

Training and Assistance

A webinar for partners interested in applying for an RCPP project is scheduled for 3pm EDT on September 26, 2019. A webinar on how to use the RCPP portal will be scheduled once the portal is ready to accept applications. Information on how to participate in these webinars will be posted to the RCPP website once it is available.