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Regional Conservation Partnership Program

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The Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) offers new opportunities for the NRCS, conservation partners and agricultural producers to work together to harness innovation, expand the conservation mission and demonstrate the value and efficacy of voluntary, private lands conservation. Learn more about RCPP.

NEW! Applications Requested for Innovative Partner Projects

On Jan. 12, 2017, NRCS invited potential conservation partners to submit project applications for fiscal year (FY) 2018 federal funding through RCPP.  Project pre-applications are due on or before April 21, 2017.
Through this fourth RCPP Announcement for Program Funding (APF), NRCS will award up to $252 million dollars to locally driven, public-private partnerships that improve the nation’s water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural viability.  Applicants must match or exceed the federal award with private or local funds. Read the press release about the RCPP APF.

Learn more about the application requirements, process and due dates -- new funding guide and pre-proposal fillable form now available.

RCPP: Partner-led Solutions

RCPP partner Solutions Publication CoverThe Regional Conservation Partnership Program brings together a wide array of local and national partners, including Indian tribes, nonprofit organizations, state and local governments, private industry, conservation districts, water districts, universities and many others. So far, more than 2,000 partners are engaged in locally-led conservation efforts through RCPP.

The most successful RCPP projects share four common characteristics. They innovate, leverage additional contributions, offer impactful solutions and engage more participants.

Download our new RCPP: Partner-led Solutions publication.

Read the featured stories on our RCPP Partnership Stories webpages.


Partnering for Conservation Solutions: FY 2017 RCPP Projects 

On Dec. 21, 2016 , USDA announced that 88 high-impact projects across the country will receive $225 million in federal funding as part of the Natural Resources Conservation Service's RCPP. In addition, partners have proposed to contribute up to an additional $500 million to improve the nation's water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural viability.

Visit our RCPP PROJECT PAGE to find information about the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 RCPP project announcement and successful partnerships across the nation.

RCPP Projects FY 14-17

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