RCPP Alternative Funding Arrangement for Federal fiscal year (FY) 2021.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:
The Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) promotes coordination of NRCS conservation activities with partners that offer value-added contributions that expand our collective ability to address onfarm, watershed, and regional natural resource concerns.

NRCS seeks

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to coinvest with RCPP partners to implement projects that demonstrate innovative solutions to conservation challenges and provide measurable improvements and outcomes tied to the resource concerns they seek to address.

Through RCPP, partners propose projects—using guidance contained in this notice—that generate conservation benefits by addressing specific natural resource objectives in a state/multistate area or address one or more primary resource concerns within a critical conservation area (CCA).

NRCS and partners design, implement and evaluate RCPP projects on agricultural and non-industrial private forest land.

NRCS coinvests in RCPP projects selected through a competitive application process that evaluates applications based on four criteria:
impact, partner contributions, innovation, and partnerships and management.

The RCPP AFA component is intended to support project structures and approaches that cannot be carried out as effectively through RCPP Classic.

RCPP AFA applicants must describe the innovative nature of the conservation approach they are proposing to justify potential funding through an RCPP AFA rather than RCPP Classic.

Additionally, applicants should consider the additional administrative and technical assistance responsibilities that accompany receipt of an RCPP AFA award.

The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill) amendments to RCPP provides examples of project types that might be implemented through RCPP AFA:
 Projects that use innovative approaches to leverage the Federal investment in conservation;  Projects that deploy a pay-for-performance conservation approach;  Projects that seek large-scale infrastructure investments that generate conservation benefits for agricultural producers and nonindustrial private forest owners.

Although RCPP AFA provides flexibilities to partners, these projects share the overarching focus of RCPP — engaging with producers and landowners to implement conservation practices, systems and approaches on or for the benefit of agricultural and nonindustrial private forest lands.

This notice announces the availability of funding for up to 15 RCPP AFA projects in FY 202 1. 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).

SUBMISSIONS:
Applications must be submitted through the Programs Portal:
https://nrcs-sites.secure.force.com FOR MORE INFORMATION:
A webinar for interested RCPP applicants is scheduled for 3 p.m.

Eastern Time on April 1st.

Information on how to tune into the webinar, along with all other RCPP application information, is housed on the national RCPP webpage.

Partners may email the RCPP inbox -- rcpp@usda.gov - - questions about this announcement.
Related Programs

Regional Conservation Partnership Program

Department of Agriculture


Agency: Department of Agriculture

Office: Natural Resources Conservation Service

Estimated Funding: $75,000,000





Obtain Full Opportunity Text:
National RCPP Website

Additional Information of Eligibility:
Lead partner entities must qualify as one of the following: • An agricultural or silvicultural producer association or other group of producers; • A State or unit of local government; • An Indian Tribe; • A farmer cooperative; • A water district, irrigation district, rural water district or association, or other organization with specific water delivery authority to agricultural producers; • A municipal water or wastewater treatment entity; • An institution of higher education; and • An organization or entity with an established history of working cooperatively with producers on agricultural land, as determined by NRCS, to address: o Local conservation priorities related to agricultural production, wildlife habitat development, or nonindustrial private forest land management; or o Critical watershed-scale soil erosion, water quality, sediment reduction, or other natural resource issues.

• An entity, such as an Indian Tribe, State government, local government, or a nongovernmental organization, as identified by NRCS pursuant to 7 CFR Part1468.

• A conservation district.

Individual producers and landowners are not eligible to submit project applications under this notice.

Full Opportunity Web Address:
https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs/financial/rcpp/

Contact:


Agency Email Description:
NRCS RCPP Staff

Agency Email:


Date Posted:
2021-03-16

Application Due Date:


Archive Date:
2021-06-27



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