Through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program’s (RCPP) Alternative Funding Arrangements (AFA), USDA-NRCS is authorized to fund up to 15 projects where partners will be given greater liberty to manage an RCPP project and the associated relationships with participating producers and landowners. NRCS will invest up to $50 million in fiscal year 2020 to fund this unique, partner-led approach to addressing natural resource concerns at local, regional, and landscape scales. NRCS will execute AFAs through agreements with eligible lead partners. Lead partners will be responsible for contracting directly with eligible producers and landowners to implement conservation activities on the ground.
Proposals are due by May 29, 2020.