USDA is seeking proposals to fund up to $75 million in new, unique projects under the Regional Conservation Partnership Program’s (RCPP) Alternative Funding Arrangements. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will prioritize projects related to climate smart agriculture and forestry. NRCS will fund up to 15 projects this year through AFA, where partners have more flexibility in working directly with agricultural producers to support the development of new conservation structures and approaches that would not otherwise be effectively implemented through the classic RCPP. NRCS also strongly encourages proposals that address the conservation needs of urban farmers in metropolitan areas, supporting access to healthy fresh food in historically underserved communities.
Project proposals will be accepted through May 28, 2021.