The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), an agency under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is announcing potential availability of cooperative agreements for the purpose of leveraging NRCS resources, addressing local natural resource issues, encouraging collaboration and developing state- and community-level conservation leadership.
Donor Name: Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
State: North Dakota
County: All Counties
Type of Grant: Grant
Size of the Grant: $2,500,000
Grant Duration: 1-4 years
The purpose of Conservation Collaboration Cooperative Agreements is to leverage NRCS and partner resources to:
- Improve soil health.
- Improve landscape performance in dealing with water quantity issues; either excess or inadequate, and downstream impacts.
- Improve water quality.
- Improve habitat for local wildlife species of concern.
- Improve the environmental and economic performance of working agricultural lands.
- Assist communities and groups to build and strengthen local food projects that provide healthy food and economic opportunities.
Emphasis will be placed on projects that:
- Build technical capacity to implement Farm Bill Conservation Programs.
- Build technical capacity of NRCS and partner field conservation employees.
- Build the capacity of local partners to develop and implement effective projects.
- Leverage non-Federal and non-government resources to achieve positive natural resources conservation outcomes.
- Build and support urban ag and community resource health.
The Federal funding agency expects to award approximately $2,500,000 through this opportunity. However, the agency retains the discretion to award a larger or lesser amount.
Projects may be between one and four years in duration. Applicants should plan their projects based on an estimated project start date of September 1, 2023.
Applicants and applications must meet eligibility criteria by the application deadline to be considered for award. Eligible applicant type is determined by the implementing program statute. Applicant entities identified in the SAM.gov exclusions database as ineligible, prohibited/restricted, or excluded from receiving Federal contracts and certain Federal assistance and benefits will not be considered for Federal funding, as applicable to the funding being requested under this Federal program (2 CFR 200.206(d)). Neither foreign entities nor individuals are eligible to apply for this opportunity.
Eligibility for this opportunity is limited to the following entity types:
- City or township governments
- County governments
- Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
- Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
- Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS (other than institutions of higher education)
- Private institutions of higher education
- Public and State-controlled institutions of higher education
- Special district governments
- State governments
For more information, visit Grants.gov.